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November 2012 - Volume 20, Number 4


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Consumer Price Index, Monthly Change


Over the last 12 months, the CPI, a measure of inflation, increased 2.0 percent before seasonal adjustment, the highest since April. For the second month in a row, the increase was driven by the gasoline index, which rose 7.0 percent in September after increasing 9.0 percent in August. Other major energy indexes also increased in September. The food index has increased 1.6 percent. Indexes for shelter, medical care, apparel, and airline fares also increased.


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


IOWA ECONOMIC SCORECARD is our quarterly economic forecast, arriving in February, May, August,
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