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Consumer Price Index: Information for Survey Participants

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services. Indexes are available for the U.S. and various geographic areas. Average price data for select utility, automotive fuel, and food items are also available. Additional information about the Consumer Price Index program is available on the CPI Questions and Answers page.

The Consumer Price Index and Why Your Participation is Important

Your Response Is Vital

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BLS Confidentiality Pledge

We understand that confidentiality is important to you. That is why the law and our own security policies strictly protect the confidentiality of participants in our surveys. Additional information about how we protect your confidentiality is available on the Confidentiality Pledge and Laws page.

Thank You

Without the generous cooperation of the people who participate in our surveys-people like you-the Bureau of Labor Statistics could not fulfill its mission to provide vital information about our economy and society to so many different customers. Additional information about our mission is available on the About the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics page.

Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) Respondent Page

Starting in October 2019, the CPI Program obtains its retail establishment frame from the same household survey used to obtain the expenditure weights needed to calculate the index. Additional information on the CE survey is available at the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) Respondents page.


Last Modified Date: May 3, 2023