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Consumer Prices Increased Broadly in June

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported consumer prices increased broadly in June. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.9%, slower than 5.5% in May. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the “core” CPI rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.2% in June. Large swings in energy prices account for… Read More ›

Consumers Prices Fall 0.7% in January

The consumer price index fell for the third straight month as the price of gasoline continued its sharp decline. The prices on expenditures made by urban consumers decreased 0.1% over the past twelve months before seasonal adjustments. According to the latest release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the consumer price index decreased 0.7% on a seasonally adjusted month-over-month… Read More ›

Energy Prices Continue to Fall

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that in October that the consumer price index was unchanged on a seasonally adjusted month-over-month basis. Over the past twelve months, prices on expenditures made by urban consumers increased 1.7% before seasonal adjustments. The relatively modest growth over the last twelve months in the broader measure of consumer prices masks greater volatility in… Read More ›

Rents Increase as the Consumer Price Index Falls

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that consumer prices decreased for the first time since April 2013. On a seasonally adjusted month-over-month basis prices decreased 0.2% in August. Over the past twelve months, prices on expenditures made by urban consumers increased 1.7% before seasonal adjustments. In spite of the month-over-month decline in the consumer price index, the shelter index… Read More ›

Food and Shelter Prices Rise in July

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that consumer prices increased slightly in July by 0.1% on a seasonally adjusted month-over-month basis. This represents the smallest month-over-month increase since February. Over the past twelve months, prices on expenditures made by urban consumers increased 2.0% before seasonal adjustments. The energy price index decreased 0.3% month-over-month in July following a large 1.6%… Read More ›

Fair Market Rents: Large Changes in Many Areas

On August 5th, HUD published its preliminary Fair Market Rents (FMRs) for Fiscal Year 2014.  By law, HUD is required to publish final FMRs annually by October 1, and circulates a preliminary list in advance with a period for public comment.   The primary use of FMRs is to set limits on subsidies in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program, but FMRs… Read More ›

Energy Prices Continue to Push CPI Higher

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3% on a month-to-month basis during March 2012. Once again, energy prices boosted the topline reading on the month-to-month change in price levels, as the CPI for energy jumped 0.9%, after registering a 3.2% increase in February. Retail gasoline prices averaged $3.91 nationally (across all formulations) in March, surging 7.4%… Read More ›

Surging Gasoline Prices Boost Overall CPI in March

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) jumped 0.4% on a month-to-month basis during February 2012. Although the core and food CPI indices registered very modest gains, energy prices increased 3.2% and accounted for the vast majority of last month’s gain in the overall CPI. In fact, had natural gas prices not posted their fifth consecutive month-to-month decline,… Read More ›