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May 2012 - Volume 20, Number 2


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Consumer Price Index, Monthly Change

Consumer Price Index


The seasonally adjusted official Consumer Price Index crept up in the first quarter of 2012. Over the last 12 months, the all-items index increased 2.7 percent before adjustments. The gasoline index rose, leading to a 0.9 percent increase in the energy index. The food index also rose, driven by increases in meats, poultry, fish, and eggs. Most of the major components increased, with the indexes for shelter, used cars, and trucks accounting for about half the total increase. The indexes for medical care, apparel, recreation, new vehicles, and airline fares increased as well.


Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics


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