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Consumer Inflation Slowed in May Following a Sharp Increase in April

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for May. Overall inflation decelerated after an energy induced sharp increase in April, while core inflation (excluding food and energy) increased slightly. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.6% in May, down from 5.0% in April. Excluding the volatile food and… Read More ›

Consumer Price Index Rose in April – Pumping Up Inflation

Once again energy prices, notably gasoline (prices at the pump), are driving headline inflation. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.0% in April influenced heavily by a 153.5% annualized increase in the price of gasoline. Increases in separate indexes for food and core CPI (excluding food and energy) were in line with recent… Read More ›

CPI in March — A Modest Increase in Core Inflation

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for March. Core inflation rose modestly in March. The Consumer Price Index rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.1% in March, after a 2.0% decline in February. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the “core” CPI rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.8%… Read More ›

A Big Drop in Energy Prices in February

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for February. The Consumer Price Index declined at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.0%, after a 0.3% increase in January. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the “core” CPI rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.4% in February, slightly down from 3.6% in… Read More ›

Large Rise in the Core CPI in January

The Consumer Price Index (CPI), released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), was relatively flat in January. It rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.3%, after slipping 1.3% in December. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the “core” CPI rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.6% in January, from 1.9% in December. In January,… Read More ›

Decline in Energy Prices in December

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for December. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) declined at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.3% in December, after rising in the previous two months, 2.4% in October and 0.3% in November. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the “core” CPI rose at a seasonally adjusted annual… Read More ›

Consumer Prices in November – Predicting Fed Action

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for November. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.3% in November, slower than 2.4% in October. Meanwhile, excluding the volatile food and energy components, the “core” CPI rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.2% in November following 2.5% in… Read More ›

Consumer Prices in May – Energy Prices Rose Sharply

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported consumer prices increased in May. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.5%, a large increase compared to 1.2% in April, and the first three months of this year. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the “core” CPI rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of… Read More ›

Average Monthly Electric Bill by State

*** Please note this post was updated in March 2015 using 2013 data. That update can be found here. The average monthly electric bill for residential properties in Hawaii was $203.15, the highest in the nation for 2012, according to recently released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The average residential electric bill, by contrast, in New Mexico… Read More ›

CPI Rises on Surging Gasoline Prices

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) jumped 0.6 percent on a month-to-month basis in August 2012. This ended a four-month streak in which the CPI-U was either unchanged or declined, plus it also marked the largest percentage change in overall consumer price levels since mid-2009. Energy prices accounted for the bulk… Read More ›