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Consumer Prices Rising at Fastest Pace in a Decade

Consumer prices continued to rise in May, supported by increases in housing costs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.6% in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, following an increase of 0.8% in April. It marks the largest increase since June 2009. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, “core” CPI… Read More ›

Inflation from Economic Reopening is Here

Both headline inflation and core inflation jumped in April, reflecting strong consumer demand for products and services as the economy reopens from the COVID-19 recession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.8% in April on a seasonally adjusted basis, after an increase of 0.6% in March. It marks the largest increase… Read More ›

Headline Inflation Accelerates in March

Both headline inflation and core inflation accelerated in March as the economy reopens from the COVID-19 recession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.6% in March on a seasonally adjusted basis, after an increase of 0.4% in February. It marks the biggest increase since June 2009. Excluding the volatile food and… Read More ›

Sharp Increases in Energy Prices in February

Consumer prices increased by 0.4% in February as energy prices rose sharply, while “core” consumer prices increased moderately given relatively weak demand. Inflationary pressures remained subdued amid the weak economic situation, although inflation expectations are rising. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.4% in February on a seasonally adjusted basis, marking… Read More ›

Energy Prices Push Consumer Prices Higher in January

Consumer prices increased in January as energy prices increased. However, “core” consumer prices were unchanged, indicating that inflationary pressures remained muted as the economy continues to recover amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.3% in January on a seasonally adjusted basis, faster than a 0.2% increase in… Read More ›

Real Rent Index Unchanged in December

The real rent index was flat in December, after slight growth in October (+0.1%) and November (+0.2%) (Figure 1). The December reading means that rent inflation and the “core” Consumer Price Index (CPI) moved at the same pace, both increasing by about 0.1%. The annual growth rate of the real rent index was 0.2% in December. NAHB constructs a “real”… Read More ›

Consumer Prices Increase in December

In December, consumer prices increased due to a jump in energy prices. However, inflationary pressures remained weak as the economy is struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.4% in December on a seasonally adjusted basis, faster than a 0.2% increase in November. Excluding the volatile food… Read More ›

Consumer Prices Increase in November

Both headline inflation and core inflation increased to 0.2% in November after three straight months of deceleration. In November, the monthly increase in the CPI was broad-based, though inflationary pressures remained weak. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.2% in November on a seasonally adjusted basis, after no change in October…. Read More ›

Consumer Prices Unchanged in October

Headline inflation and core inflation have decelerated for the past three months, after increases of 0.6% in June and July. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was unchanged on a seasonally adjusted basis, after 0.6%, 0.4% and 0.2% increases in the past three months. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, “core” CPI… Read More ›

Real Rent Index Decline Continues in September

The real rent index fell by approximately 0.1 percent in September. The September decline, however, was not as sharp as previous months (falling by 0.4% in July and 0.3% in August) (Figure 1). The annual growth rate of the real rent index stands at 0.9 percent. NAHB constructs a “real” rent index to indicate whether inflation in rents is faster… Read More ›