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December Ends with Rise in Consumer Price Index

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The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the South increased 0.2 percent in December, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that prices for energy rose, while prices for all items less food and energy inched down over the month.

Within the all items less food and energy group, the indexes for apparel and education and communication recorded decreases. Food prices were unchanged since November. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, month-to-month changes may reflect the impact of seasonal influences.)

Over the last 12 months, the CPI-U rose 1.4 percent. The index for all items less food and energy advanced 0.8 percent over the year. The full release is available at http://www.bls.gov/ro3/cpiso.htm.

Math Calculations to Better Utilize CPI Data:  This document contains mathematical concepts and formulae that are useful in a variety of index applications.

Information on the CPI and other surveys and programs are available on our Web site at http://www.bls.gov/ro3/.  Data is also available at the state and sub-state levels.  Click on the appropriate state links for more information: Pennsylvania, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Economic Analysis and Information Unit at (215) 597-DATA (597-3282).

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