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Gain for the “Core” CPI in July

In July, overall inflation remained unchanged from the previous month, while core inflation accelerated. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.6% in July on a seasonally adjusted basis, the same increase as in June. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, “core” CPI rose by 0.6% in July, after an increase… Read More ›

Real Rent Index Declined in June

In June, the real rent index fell by approximately 0.1 percent. This is the first decline in the index since 2013 (Figure 1). The annual growth rate of the index fell to negative 1.4 percent, after posting three months of positive growth, at rates between 4 and 8 percent. NAHB constructs a “real” rent index to indicate whether inflation in… Read More ›

Consumer Prices Rebound in June

After three straight months of declines, both the CPI and the “core” CPI rebounded in June as the economy reopened. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.6% in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, after three straight monthly declines. It was the largest monthly increase in the CPI since August 2012…. Read More ›

Consumer Prices Drop for a Third Month

In May, the CPI and the “core” CPI fell for the third straight month amid the current recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The data are a reminder that deflation is a greater risk during an economic downturn. However, as the economy rebounds, those deflationary pressures will ease. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index… Read More ›

Deflationary Pressure: Largest Monthly Drop in the “Core” CPI in April

The CPI declined for the second straight month and the “core” CPI posted the largest monthly drop in the history of data series. Like many other economic indicators, the recent declines in the CPI and the “core” CPI reflected economic weakness associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), declined… Read More ›

Consumer Prices Drop Sharply in March

In March, the “core” CPI dropped for the first time in more than ten years, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), declined by 0.4% in March on a seasonally adjusted basis, following an increase of 0.1% in February. It is the largest monthly decline in the CPI since… Read More ›

Energy Prices Fall in February

In February, headline inflation and core inflation remained unchanged from the previous month. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), rose by 0.1% in February on a seasonally adjusted basis, the same increase as in January. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the “core” CPI increased by 0.2% in February, the same increase… Read More ›

Decline in Energy Prices in January

In January, core inflation increased, while headline inflation slipped as energy prices declined. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), rose by 0.1% in January on a seasonally adjusted basis, following a 0.2% increase in December. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the “core” CPI increased by 0.2% in January, after rising 0.1%… Read More ›

Rent Index Inches Up in December

In December, inflation-adjusted residential rents increased 0.1 percent over November’s reading, after essentially no growth in October and November (Figure 1). The average monthly growth rate of the real rent index stood at 0.11 percent in 2019, compared to 0.10 percent in 2018. NAHB constructs a “real” rent index to indicate whether inflation in rents is faster or slower than… Read More ›

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