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Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Consumer Price Index, Riverside Area – January 2020

Area prices were up 0.5 percent over the past two months, up 3.0 percent from a year ago

Prices in the Riverside area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), advanced 0.5 percent for the two months ending in January 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard Holden noted that the January increase was influenced by higher prices for shelter and household furnishings and operations. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, bi-monthly changes may reflect seasonal influences.)

Over the last 12 months, the CPI-U rose 3.0 percent. The index for all items less food and energy advanced 2.5 percent over the year. Energy prices rose 6.8 percent, largely the result of an increase in the price of gasoline. Food prices rose 3.7 percent. (See table 1.)

Food

Food prices advanced 2.5 percent for the two months ending in January. (See table 1.) Prices for food away from home advanced 3.8 percent, and prices for food at home advanced 1.3 percent for the same period.

Over the year, food prices rose 3.7 percent. Prices for food away from home rose 6.7 percent since a year ago, and prices for food at home advanced 0.9 percent.

Energy

The energy index decreased 5.5 percent for the two months ending in January. The decrease was mainly due to lower prices for gasoline (-11.5 percent). Prices for natural gas service jumped 18.2 percent, and prices for electricity rose 3.2 percent for the same period.

Energy prices rose 6.8 percent over the year, largely due to higher prices for gasoline (8.4 percent). Prices paid for electricity increased 3.1 percent, and prices for natural gas service rose 2.9 percent during the past year.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.9 percent in the latest two-month period. Higher prices for household furnishings and operations (7.0 percent), apparel (3.8 percent), and shelter (1.2 percent) were partially offset by a lower price for recreation (-2.4 percent).

Over the year, the index for all items less food and energy advanced 2.5 percent. Components contributing to the increase included shelter (5.2 percent) and medical care (4.9 percent). Partly offsetting the increases were price decreases in apparel (-13.2 percent) and recreation (-3.2 percent).

The March 2020 Consumer Price Index for the Riverside area is scheduled to be released on April 10, 2020.


Technical Note

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change in prices over time in a fixed market basket of goods and services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes CPIs for two population groups: (1) a CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) which covers approximately 89 percent of the total population and (2) a CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which covers 28 percent of the total population. The CPI-U includes, in addition to wage earners and clerical workers, groups such as professional, managerial, and technical workers, the self-employed, short-term workers, the unemployed, and retirees and others not in the labor force.

The CPI is based on prices of food, clothing, shelter, and fuels, transportation fares, charges for doctors' and dentists' services, drugs, and the other goods and services that people buy for day-to-day living. Each month, prices are collected in 87 urban areas across the country from about 6,000 housing units and approximately 24,000 retail establishments--department stores, supermarkets, hospitals, filling stations, and other types of stores and service establishments. All taxes directly associated with the purchase and use of items are included in the index.

The index measures price changes from a designated reference date (1982-84) that equals 100.0. An increase of 16.5 percent, for example, is shown as 116.5. This change can also be expressed in dollars as follows: the price of a base period "market basket" of goods and services in the CPI has risen from $10 in 1982-84 to $11.65. For further details see the CPI home page on the Internet at www.bls.gov/cpi and the BLS Handbook of Methods, Chapter 17, The Consumer Price Index, available on the Internet at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/homch17_a.htm.

In calculating the index, price changes for the various items in each location are averaged together with weights that represent their importance in the spending of the appropriate population group. Local data are then combined to obtain a U.S. city average. Because the sample size of a local area is smaller, the local area index is subject to substantially more sampling and other measurement error than the national index. In addition, local indexes are not adjusted for seasonal influences. As a result, local area indexes show greater volatility than the national index, although their long-term trends are quite similar. NOTE: Area indexes do not measure differences in the level of prices between cities; they only measure the average change in prices for each area since the base period.

The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metropolitan area covered in this release consists of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in the State of California.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Indexes and percent changes for selected periods

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (December 2017=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group

Indexes Percent change from-
Nov.
2019
Dec.
2019
Jan.
2020
Jan.
2019
Nov.
2019
Dec.
2019

Expenditure category

All items

106.573 - 107.143 3.0 0.5 -

Food and beverages

103.959 - 106.468 3.5 2.4 -

Food

104.292 - 106.853 3.7 2.5 -

Food at home

101.386 100.954 102.662 0.9 1.3 1.7

Cereals and bakery products

104.712 - 104.874 -0.1 0.2 -

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

100.074 - 101.213 -1.7 1.1 -

Dairy and related products

105.255 - 105.764 4.0 0.5 -

Fruits and vegetables

100.967 - 104.337 1.2 3.3 -

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials

107.660 - 107.980 5.1 0.3 -

Other food at home

96.851 - 98.237 0.5 1.4 -

Food away from home

107.236 - 111.259 6.7 3.8 -

Food away from home

107.236 - 111.259 6.7 3.8 -

Alcoholic beverages

98.334 - 99.817 -1.0 1.5 -

Housing

107.678 - 109.886 5.0 2.1 -

Shelter

108.673 109.643 109.951 5.2 1.2 0.3

Rent of primary residence

108.774 109.513 110.071 5.2 1.2 0.5

Owners' equiv. rent of residences

108.987 110.038 110.345 6.0 1.2 0.3

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence

108.987 110.038 110.345 6.0 1.2 0.3

Fuels and utilities

107.532 - 112.719 3.3 4.8 -

Household energy

104.377 106.521 110.807 3.0 6.2 4.0

Energy services

104.476 106.663 111.031 2.9 6.3 4.1

Electricity

105.347 105.375 108.669 3.1 3.2 3.1

Utility (piped) gas service

101.460 111.119 119.941 2.9 18.2 7.9

Household furnishings and operations

98.216 - 105.077 4.1 7.0 -

Apparel

89.989 - 93.442 -13.2 3.8 -

Transportation

111.540 - 106.672 2.0 -4.4 -

Private transportation

111.855 - 106.595 1.8 -4.7 -

New and used motor vehicles

100.146 - 98.503 -3.8 -1.6 -

New vehicles

101.539 - 101.840 -0.6 0.3 -

Used cars and trucks

100.284 - 99.340 -2.3 -0.9 -

Motor fuel

130.065 119.545 115.399 8.5 -11.3 -3.5

Gasoline (all types)

130.261 119.660 115.336 8.4 -11.5 -3.6

Gasoline, unleaded regular(1)

130.493 119.764 115.310 8.2 -11.6 -3.7

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade(1)

130.130 119.884 116.067 9.2 -10.8 -3.2

Gasoline, unleaded premium(1)

128.984 118.990 115.258 9.5 -10.6 -3.1

Motor vehicle insurance

110.751 - 113.655 3.2 2.6 -

Medical care

104.906 - 105.768 4.9 0.8 -

Recreation

101.749 - 99.300 -3.2 -2.4 -

Education and communication

104.536 - 104.746 2.1 0.2 -

Tuition, other school fees, and child care

114.587 - 116.139 3.7 1.4 -

Other goods and services

106.336 - 107.738 4.5 1.3 -

Commodity and service group

All items

106.573 - 107.143 3.0 0.5 -

Commodities

104.898 - 104.416 1.3 -0.5 -

Commodities less food & beverages

105.527 - 103.175 -0.1 -2.2 -

Nondurables less food & beverages

108.510 - 104.120 0.3 -4.0 -

Durables

101.232 - 101.653 -0.8 0.4 -

Services

107.603 - 108.834 4.1 1.1 -

Special aggregate indexes

All items less medical care

106.689 - 107.238 2.9 0.5 -

All items less shelter

105.397 - 105.582 1.8 0.2 -

Commodities less food

105.267 - 103.044 -0.1 -2.1 -

Nondurables

106.092 - 105.367 2.0 -0.7 -

Nondurables less food

107.904 - 103.851 0.2 -3.8 -

Services less rent of shelter

106.127 - 107.288 2.6 1.1 -

Services less medical care services

107.675 - 108.882 3.9 1.1 -

Energy

120.690 114.792 114.089 6.8 -5.5 -0.6

All items less energy

105.305 - 106.515 2.7 1.1 -

All items less food and energy

105.494 - 106.496 2.5 0.9 -

Footnotes
(1) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.

- Data not available
NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020