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Bureau of Labor Statistics
CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)

United States Department of Labor Washington, D.C. 20212
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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX: MAY 2009

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in May before seasonal adjustment, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Over the last 12 months the index has fallen 1.3 percent. This is the largest decline since April 1950 and is due mainly to a 27.3 percent decline in the energy index. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI-U increased 0.1 percent in May after being unchanged in April. The index for energy, which had declined the previous two months, rose 0.2 percent in May as an increase in the gasoline index more than offset declines in other energy indexes. The food index decreased for the fourth consecutive month, falling 0.2 percent as the indexes for all major grocery store food groups declined. The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.1 percent in May following a 0.3 percent increase in April. The smaller increase was partly due to the tobacco and smoking products index, which turned down in May after rising sharply in March and April. In May, the indexes for shelter, new and used motor vehicles, and medical care posted increases, while the public transportation index fell 1.0 percent and the indexes for apparel and tobacco declined slightly. The index for all items less food and energy has increased 1.8 percent over the last 12 months.

Table A. Percent changes in CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
Seasonally adjusted Expenditure Category Nov. 2008 All items ................................. Food and beverages ........... Housing ............................... Apparel ................................ Transportation ..................... Medical care ........................ Recreation ........................... Education and communication .............. Other goods and services ... Special indexes: Energy ................................. Food .................................... All items less food and energy ........................... -1.7 .2 -.1 .1 -9.7 .2 .0 .2 .0 -16.9 .2 .1 Dec. 2008 -0.8 .1 .0 -.6 -5.0 .3 -.2 .3 .0 -9.3 .0 .0 Changes from preceding month Jan. 2009 0.3 .1 .0 .3 1.3 .4 .0 .3 .3 1.7 .1 .2 Feb. 2009 0.4 -.1 .0 1.3 1.9 .3 .4 .2 .2 3.3 -.1 .2 Mar. 2009 -0.1 -.1 -.1 -.2 -1.1 .2 .0 .2 2.7 -3.0 -.1 .2 Apr. 2009 0.0 -.2 -.1 -.2 -.4 .4 -.4 .3 2.6 -2.4 -.2 .3 May 2009 0.1 -.2 -.1 -.2 .8 .3 .0 .3 -.2 .2 -.2 .1 Compound annual rate 3-mos. ended May 2009 -0.2 -2.0 -1.0 -2.3 -2.6 3.5 -1.6 3.1 22.3 -18.9 -2.2 2.3 Unadjusted 12-mos. ended May 2009

-1.3 2.7 .5 .8 -14.3 3.2 1.1 3.4 7.3 -27.3 2.7 1.8

The food and beverages index declined 0.2 percent in May, the same decline as in April. The food away from home index rose 0.1 percent and the index for alcoholic beverages advanced 0.3 percent. These increases were more than offset by a 0.5 percent decline in the food at home index, which has now declined six months in a row. The decline was broad, with the indexes for all six major grocery store food groups decreasing. The largest declines were in the fruits and vegetables index, which fell 1.0 percent, and the index for meats, poultry, fish and eggs, which decreased 0.9 percent as the eggs index declined 6.5 percent. The index for dairy and related products fell 0.5 percent in May and has declined 5.6 percent over the past year. The indexes for cereals and bakery products, for nonalcoholic beverages, and for other food at home all posted slight decreases in May. The food at home index has risen 1.5 percent over the last 12 months, the smallest increase since December 2006. The housing index fell 0.1 percent in May, the third straight such decline. The index for shelter rose 0.1 percent, with the indexes for rent, for owners’ equivalent rent, and for lodging away from home all rising 0.1 percent. However, the household energy index declined for the tenth straight month, falling 1.8 percent. The fuel oil index fell 3.3 percent, the index for natural gas declined 5.7 percent, and the index for electricity declined 0.4 percent. The index for household furnishings and operations was unchanged in May for the second month in a row. Over the past year, the housing index has risen 0.5 percent. The shelter index has risen 1.5 percent while the index for household energy has declined 8.7 percent. The index for transportation rose 0.8 percent in May following declines in April and March. The gasoline index increased 3.1 percent in May after declining 2.8 percent in April. (Prior to seasonal adjustment, gasoline prices rose 9.6 percent in May.) The index for new and used motor vehicles increased 0.5 percent in May. The new vehicles index rose 0.5 percent in May, its fifth straight monthly increase following five straight monthly declines. The index for used cars and trucks posted its first increase in over a year, rising 1.0 percent. In contrast, the index for public transportation continued to decline, falling 1.0 percent. The airline fare index fell 1.5 percent in May and has declined 18.5 percent from its August 2008 peak. Over the last year, the transportation index has declined 14.3 percent with the index for motor fuel down 39.9 percent. The public transportation index has fallen 9.0 percent over the period and the index for used cars and trucks has declined 10.0 percent. These declines contrast with a 0.4 percent increase in the new vehicles index. Among other CPI groups, the index for medical care rose 0.3 percent in May after a 0.4 percent increase in April. The index for prescription drugs rose 0.6 percent in May after advancing 0.5 percent in April, while the hospital services index rose 0.1 percent in May after a 1.0 percent increase in April. The index for education and communication rose 0.3 percent in May with the education component rising 0.5 percent and the communication component increasing 0.1 percent. After declining 0.4 percent in April, the recreation index was unchanged in May. The apparel index declined 0.2 percent in May, the third straight such decrease. The index for other goods and services also declined 0.2 percent as the tobacco and smoking products index declined 0.3 percent.

CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) rose 0.4 percent in May, prior to seasonal adjustment. The index value of 208.774 was 1.9 percent lower than in May 2008. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI-W rose 0.1 percent in May.

Table B. Percent changes in CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W)
Seasonally adjusted Expenditure Category Nov. 2008 All items ................................. Food and beverages ........... Housing ............................... Apparel ................................ Transportation ..................... Medical care ........................ Recreation ........................... Education and communication .............. Other goods and services ... Special indexes: Energy ................................. Food .................................... All items less food and energy ........................... -2.1 .2 .0 .0 -10.9 .2 .0 .2 .1 -17.8 .2 .1 Dec. 2008 -1.0 .1 .0 -.6 -5.6 .3 -.1 .3 .1 -9.7 .1 .0 Changes from preceding month Jan. 2009 0.3 .0 .0 .6 1.5 .4 .0 .2 .4 1.9 .0 .2 Feb. 2009 0.4 -.2 .1 1.0 2.0 .4 .4 .2 .2 3.6 -.2 .2 Mar. 2009 -0.1 -.1 -.1 -.3 -1.3 .2 .0 .2 3.9 -3.1 -.1 .2 Apr. 2009 0.0 -.2 -.1 -.3 -.5 .4 -.3 .2 3.8 -2.4 -.2 .3 May 2009 0.1 -.2 .0 .0 .9 .3 .0 .2 -.2 .4 -.3 .2 Compound annual rate 3-mos. ended May 2009 -0.1 -2.1 -1.1 -2.6 -3.4 3.8 -1.3 2.4 34.4 -18.5 -2.4 3.0 Unadjusted 12-mos. ended May 2009

-1.9 2.8 .8 .8 -16.3 3.3 1.2 3.0 10.5 -28.0 2.7 2.0

Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U) The Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in May on a not seasonally adjusted basis. The index has decreased 1.4 percent over the past year. Please note that the indexes for the post-2007 period are subject to revision. Upcoming release Consumer Price Index data for June are scheduled for release on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at 8:30 A.M. (EDT).

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Brief Explanation of the CPI
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change in prices over time of goods and services purchased by households. The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes CPIs for two population groups: (1) the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), which covers households of wage earners and clerical workers that comprise approximately 32 percent of the total population and (2) the CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) and the Chained CPI for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U), which cover approximately 87 percent of the total population and include in addition to wage earners and clerical worker households, groups such as professional, managerial, and technical workers, the self-employed, short-term workers, the unemployed, and retirees and others not in the labor force. The CPIs are based on prices of food, clothing, shelter, and fuels, transportation fares, charges for doctors’ and dentists’ services, drugs, and other goods and services that people buy for day-to-day living. Prices are collected in 87 urban areas across the country from about 50,000 housing units and approximately 23,000 retail establishments-department stores, supermarkets, hospitals, filling stations, and other types of stores and service establishments. All taxes directly associated with the purchase and use of items are included in the index. Prices of fuels and a few other items are obtained every month in all 87 locations. Prices of most other commodities and services are collected every month in the three largest geographic areas and every other month in other areas. Prices of most goods and services are obtained by personal visits or telephone calls of the Bureau’s trained representatives. In calculating the index, price changes for the various items in each location are averaged together with weights, which represent their importance in the spending of the appropriate population group. Local data are then combined to obtain a U.S. city average. For the CPI-U and CPI-W separate indexes are also published by size of city, by region of the country, for cross-classifications of regions and population-size classes, and for 27 local areas. Area indexes do not measure differences in the level of prices among cities; they only measure the average change in prices for each area since the base period. For the C-CPI-U data are issued only at the national level. It is important to note that the CPI-U and CPI-W are considered final when released, but the CCPI-U is issued in preliminary form and subject to two annual revisions. The index measures price change from a designed reference date. For the CPI-U and the CPI-W the reference base is 1982-84 equals 100.0. The reference base for the C-CPI-U is December 1999 equals 100. An increase of 16.5 percent from the reference base, for example, is shown as 116.5. This change can also be expressed in dollars as follows: the price of a base period market basket of goods and services in the CPI has risen from $10 in 1982-84 to $11.65. For further details visit the CPI home page on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/cpi/ or contact our CPI Information and Analysis Section on (202) 691-7000.

Note on Sampling Error in the Consumer Price Index
The CPI is a statistical estimate that is subject to sampling error because it is based upon a sample of retail prices and not the complete universe of all prices. BLS calculates and publishes estimates of the 1-month, 2-month, 6-month and 12-month percent change standard errors annually, for the CPI-U. These standard error estimates can be used to construct confidence intervals for hypothesis testing. For example, the estimated standard error of the 1 month percent change is 0.04 percent for the U.S. All Items Consumer Price Index. This means that if we repeatedly sample from the universe of all retail prices using the same methodology, and estimate a percentage change for each sample, then 95% of these estimates would be within 0.08 percent of the 1 month percentage change based on all retail prices. For example, for a 1-month change of 0.2 percent in the All Items CPI for All Urban Consumers, we are 95 percent confident that the actual percent change based on all retail prices would fall between 0.12 and 0.28 percent. For the latest data, including information on how to use the estimates of standard error, see “Variance Estimates for Price Changes in the Consumer Price Index, January-December 2008”. These data are available on the CPI home page (http://www.bls.gov/cpi), or by using the following link http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpivar2008.pdf

Calculating Index Changes
Movements of the indexes from one month to another are usually expressed as percent changes rather than changes in index points, because index point changes are affected by the level of the index in relation to its base period while percent changes are not. The example below illustrates the computation of index point and percent changes. Percent changes for 3-month and 6-month periods are expressed as annual rates and are computed according to the standard formula for compound growth rates. These data indicate what the percent change would be if the current rate were maintained for a 12-month period. Index Point Change CPI Less previous index Equals index point change Percent Change Index point difference Divided by the previous index Equals Results multiplied by one hundred Equals percent change .616 201.800 0.003 0.003x100 0.3 202.416 201.800 .616

Regions Defined The states in the four regions shown in Tables 3 and 6 are listed below. The Northeast--Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Midwest--Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The South--Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The West--Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

A Note on Seasonally Adjusted and Unadjusted Data
Because price data are used for different purposes by different groups, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes seasonally adjusted as well as unadjusted changes each month. For analyzing general price trends in the economy, seasonally adjusted changes are usually preferred since they eliminate the effect of changes that normally occur at the same time and in about the same magnitude every year--such as price movements resulting from changing climatic conditions, production cycles, model changeovers, holidays, and sales. The unadjusted data are of primary interest to consumers concerned about the prices they actually pay. Unadjusted data also are used extensively for escalation purposes. Many collective bargaining contract agreements and pension plans, for example, tie compensation changes to the Consumer Price Index before adjustment for seasonal variation. Seasonal factors used in computing the seasonally adjusted indexes are derived by the X-12-ARIMA Seasonal Adjustment Method. Seasonally adjusted indexes and seasonal factors are computed annually. Each year, the last 5 years of seasonally adjusted data are revised. Data from January 2004 through December 2008 were replaced in January 2009. Exceptions to the usual revision schedule were: the updated seasonal data at the end of 1977 replaced data from 1967 through 1977; and, in January 2002, dependently seasonally adjusted series were revised for January 1987-December 2001 as a result of a change in the aggregation weights for dependently adjusted series. For further information, please see “Aggregation of Dependently Adjusted Seasonally Adjusted Series,” in the October 2001 issue of the CPI Detailed Report. The seasonal movement of all items and 54 other aggregations is derived by combining the seasonal movement of 73 selected components. Each year the seasonal status of every series is reevaluated based upon certain statistical criteria. If any of the 73 components change their seasonal adjustment status from seasonally adjusted to not seasonally adjusted, not seasonally adjusted data will be used in the aggregation of the dependent series for the last 5 years, but the seasonally adjusted indexes will be used before that period. Note: 47 of the 73 components are seasonally adjusted for 2009. Seasonally adjusted data, including the all items index levels, are subject to revision for up to five years after their original release. For this reason, BLS advises against the use of these data in escalation agreements.

Effective with the calculation of the seasonal factors for 1990, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has used an enhanced seasonal adjustment procedure called Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment for some CPI series. Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment allows for better estimates of seasonally adjusted data. Extreme values and/or sharp movements which might distort the seasonal pattern are estimated and removed from the data prior to calculation of seasonal factors. Beginning with the calculation of seasonal factors for 1996, X-12ARIMA software was used for Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment. For the seasonal factors introduced in January 2009, BLS adjusted 29 series using Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment, including selected food and beverage items, motor fuels, electricity and vehicles. For example, this procedure was used for the Motor fuel series to offset the effects of events such as damage to oil refineries from Hurricane Katrina. For a complete list of Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment series and explanations, please refer to the article “Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment”, located on our website at http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpisapage.htm. For additional information on seasonal adjustment in the CPI, please write to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Division of Consumer Prices and Price Indexes, Washington, DC 20212 or contact Jeff Wilson at (202) 691-6968, or by e-mail at Wilson.Jeff@bls.gov. If you have general questions about the CPI, please call our information staff at (202) 691-7000.

Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city average, by expenditure category and commodity and service group
(1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted) Unadjusted percent change to May 2009 from— May 2008 Apr. 2009

CPI-U
Expenditure category All items ........................................................................................ All items (1967=100) .................................................................... Food and beverages .................................................................. Food ......................................................................................... Food at home ......................................................................... Cereals and bakery products ............................................... Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs .............................................. Dairy and related products 1 ................................................ Fruits and vegetables ........................................................... Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials ................ Other food at home .............................................................. Sugar and sweets .............................................................. Fats and oils ....................................................................... Other foods ........................................................................ Other miscellaneous foods 1 2 ......................................... Food away from home 1 ......................................................... Other food away from home 1 2 ........................................... Alcoholic beverages ................................................................. Housing ...................................................................................... Shelter ...................................................................................... Rent of primary residence 3 ................................................... Lodging away from home 2 .................................................... Owners’ equivalent rent of primary residence 3 4 .................. Tenants’ and household insurance 1 2 ................................... Fuels and utilities ..................................................................... Household energy .................................................................. Fuel oil and other fuels ......................................................... Gas (piped) and electricity 3 ................................................. Water and sewer and trash collection services 2 ................... Household furnishings and operations ..................................... Household operations 1 2 ....................................................... Apparel ....................................................................................... Men’s and boys’ apparel .......................................................... Women’s and girls’ apparel ...................................................... Infants’ and toddlers’ apparel ................................................... Footwear .................................................................................. Transportation ............................................................................ Private transportation ............................................................... New and used motor vehicles 2 ............................................. New vehicles ........................................................................ Used cars and trucks ........................................................... Motor fuel ............................................................................... Gasoline (all types) .............................................................. Motor vehicle parts and equipment 1 ..................................... Motor vehicle maintenance and repair 1 ................................ Public transportation ................................................................ Medical care ............................................................................... Medical care commodities ........................................................ Medical care services ............................................................... Professional services ............................................................. Hospital and related services 3 .............................................. See footnotes at end of table.

Relative importance, December 2008

Unadjusted indexes Apr. 2009 May 2009

Seasonally adjusted percent change from— Feb. to Mar. Mar. to Apr. Apr. to May

100.000
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213.240 638.771 218.364 218.162 215.783 252.709 205.699 197.124 274.297 162.889 191.352 197.301 200.464 205.734 122.883 222.905 155.099 219.671 217.126 249.855 248.899 137.700 256.622 120.675 207.175 184.903 228.107 190.686 158.698 129.654 150.809 123.208 117.195 111.871 117.084 128.057 171.987 167.516 92.381 134.863 121.213 177.272 176.704 134.640 242.649 229.827 374.170 303.979 395.753 317.661 564.785

213.856 640.616 218.076 217.826 215.088 252.714 203.789 196.055 274.006 162.803 191.144 196.403 200.679 205.587 122.838 223.023 155.099 220.005 216.971 249.779 249.069 135.680 256.875 120.728 206.358 183.783 225.164 189.619 159.517 129.644 149.468 121.751 117.146 109.460 114.142 127.519 175.997 171.757 92.701 135.162 122.650 193.609 193.727 134.347 242.488 228.878 375.026 304.697 396.648 319.333 564.112

-1.3
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0.3
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-0.1
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0.0
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0.1
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15.757 14.629 8.156 1.150 1.898 .910 1.194 .982 2.022 .300 .241 1.481 .433 6.474 .314 1.127 43.421 33.200 5.957 2.478 24.433 .333 5.431 4.460 .301 4.159 .971 4.790 .781 3.691 .923 1.541 .183 .688 15.314 14.189 6.931 4.480 1.628 3.164 2.964 .382 1.188 1.125 6.390 1.625 4.765 2.702 1.545

2.7 2.7 1.5 3.5 1.4 -5.6 -.9 2.8 4.6 6.1 3.8 4.5 3.4 4.2 3.6 3.0 .5 1.5 3.0 -6.8 2.1 2.0 -6.2 -8.7 -38.1 -5.7 6.3 1.6 1.7 .8 .6 .7 -.4 1.6 -14.3 -14.6 -1.1 .4 -10.0 -39.9 -39.4 5.9 4.6 -9.0 3.2 3.3 3.2 2.7 6.2

-.1 -.2 -.3 .0 -.9 -.5 -.1 -.1 -.1 -.5 .1 -.1 .0 .1 .0 .2 -.1 .0 .1 -1.5 .1 .0 -.4 -.6 -1.3 -.6 .5 .0 -.9 -1.2 .0 -2.2 -2.5 -.4 2.3 2.5 .3 .2 1.2 9.2 9.6 -.2 -.1 -.4 .2 .2 .2 .5 -.1

-.1 -.1 -.4 -.2 -.9 -2.4 .2 1.0 .0 .2 .1 .0 -.1 .1 -.2 .1 -.1 .0 .2 -2.4 .2 .0 -1.4 -1.8 -7.7 -1.4 .4 .3 .5 -.2 -.3 -.7 .6 .2 -1.1 -1.1 .0 .6 -1.7 -4.4 -4.0 .3 .2 -1.0 .2 .2 .2 .0 .6

-.2 -.2 -.6 -.7 .0 -1.3 .0 -1.0 -.8 -.5 -1.4 -.8 .4 .3 .4 -.1 -.1 .2 .2 .5 .1 -.1 -1.7 -2.2 -2.1 -2.2 .6 .0 -.1 -.2 -1.7 .2 1.3 .4 -.4 -.3 .4 .4 -.1 -2.6 -2.8 .1 .2 -.8 .4 .3 .4 .1 .9

-.2 -.2 -.5 -.2 -.9 -.5 -1.0 -.1 -.1 .0 -.7 .0 .0 .1 .0 .3 -.1 .1 .1 .1 .1 .0 -1.3 -1.8 -3.1 -1.7 .6 .0 -.9 -.2 .4 -.1 -1.6 .1 .8 .9 .5 .5 1.0 2.7 3.1 -.2 -.1 -1.0 .3 .4 .3 .6 .1

Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city average, by expenditure category and commodity and service group-Continued
(1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted) Unadjusted percent change to May 2009 from— May 2008 Apr. 2009

CPI-U
Expenditure category Recreation 2 ............................................................................... Video and audio 2 .................................................................... Education and communication 2 ................................................ Education 2 .............................................................................. Educational books and supplies ............................................. Tuition, other school fees, and childcare ................................ Communication 2 ..................................................................... Information and information processing 1 2 ............................ Telephone services 1 2 ......................................................... Information technology, hardware and services 1 5 ............. Personal computers and peripheral equipment 1 6 ............ Other goods and services .......................................................... Tobacco and smoking products 1 ............................................ Personal care ........................................................................... Personal care products 1 ....................................................... Personal care services 1 ........................................................ Miscellaneous personal services ........................................... Commodity and service group Commodities ................................................................................ Food and beverages .................................................................. Commodities less food and beverages ...................................... Nondurables less food and beverages ..................................... Apparel ................................................................................... Nondurables less food, beverages, and apparel .................... Durables ................................................................................... Services ....................................................................................... Rent of shelter 4 ......................................................................... Tenants’ and household insurance 1 2 ....................................... Gas (piped) and electricity 3 ....................................................... Water and sewer and trash collection services 2 ....................... Household operations 1 2 ........................................................... Transportation services .............................................................. Medical care services ................................................................. Other services ............................................................................ Special indexes All items less food ........................................................................ All items less shelter .................................................................... All items less medical care ........................................................... Commodities less food ................................................................. Nondurables less food ................................................................. Nondurables less food and apparel ............................................. Nondurables ................................................................................. Services less rent of shelter 4 ...................................................... Services less medical care services ............................................ Energy .......................................................................................... All items less energy .................................................................... All items less food and energy ................................................... Commodities less food and energy commodities ..................... Energy commodities ............................................................... Services less energy services .................................................. Purchasing power of the consumer dollar (1982-84=$1.00) ........ Purchasing power of the consumer dollar (1967=$1.00) .............

Relative importance, December 2008

Unadjusted indexes Apr. 2009 May 2009

Seasonally adjusted percent change from— Feb. to Mar. Mar. to Apr. Apr. to May

5.741 1.822 6.301 3.107 .221 2.886 3.194 3.022 2.408 .614 .214 3.386 .776 2.610 .651 .647 1.074

114.261 102.300 126.273 187.416 472.507 539.149 84.985 82.090 102.072 9.881 85.714 370.606 742.443 204.896 163.777 227.913 342.641

114.264 101.947 126.467 187.853 472.588 540.498 85.049 82.038 102.267 9.775 84.366 369.901 740.311 204.578 163.051 227.607 343.051

1.1 -1.0 3.4 5.5 6.7 5.4 1.3 1.2 2.4 -3.4 -13.0 7.3 27.4 1.5 2.7 1.8 .9

0.0 -.3 .2 .2 .0 .3 .1 -.1 .2 -1.1 -1.6 -.2 -.3 -.2 -.4 -.1 .1

0.0 .0 .2 .5 .5 .5 .0 .0 .1 -.5 -1.7 2.7 11.0 .2 .1 .9 .0

-0.4 .1 .3 .4 .4 .4 .1 .1 .1 .1 -.6 2.6 9.3 .3 .7 .0 .2

0.0 -.2 .3 .5 .4 .6 .1 -.1 .2 -1.1 -1.6 -.2 -.3 -.2 -.4 -.1 -.1

39.556 15.757 23.799 13.289 3.691 9.598 10.510 60.444 32.867 .333 4.159 .971 .781 5.567 4.765 11.002

167.816 218.364 141.753 173.855 123.208 209.177 109.404 258.466 260.469 120.675 190.686 158.698 150.809 248.696 395.753 301.668

169.060 218.076 143.587 177.480 121.751 216.090 109.650 258.433 260.388 120.728 189.619 159.517 149.468 248.628 396.648 302.132

-5.2 2.7 -9.6 -14.6 .8 -19.1 -1.5 1.5 1.5 2.0 -5.7 6.3 1.7 2.6 3.2 2.8

.7 -.1 1.3 2.1 -1.2 3.3 .2 .0 .0 .0 -.6 .5 -.9 .0 .2 .2

-.3 -.1 -.4 -1.2 -.2 -1.6 .0 .0 -.1 .0 -1.4 .4 .5 -.1 .2 .2

-.1 -.2 .0 -.7 -.2 -.6 .2 .0 .2 -.1 -2.2 .6 -.1 .3 .4 -.1

.2 -.2 .5 .7 -.2 .9 .3 .0 .1 .0 -1.7 .6 -.9 -.1 .3 .2

85.371 66.800 93.610 24.926 14.416 10.726 29.046 27.577 55.679 7.624 92.376 77.746 21.461 3.465 56.285
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212.464 201.271 205.275 144.464 176.587 209.195 195.864 275.752 247.490 179.704 218.388 219.143 142.489 181.102 265.399 $ .469 $ .157

213.236 202.171 205.876 146.261 180.017 215.459 197.673 275.777 247.406 186.909 218.323 219.128 142.360 196.528 265.466 $ .468 $ .156

-1.9 -2.6 -1.6 -9.1 -13.6 -17.4 -6.4 1.6 1.4 -27.3 2.0 1.8 1.2 -39.8 2.1
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.4 .4 .3 1.2 1.9 3.0 .9 .0 .0 4.0 .0 .0 -.1 8.5 .0
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-.1 -.2 -.2 -.4 -1.2 -1.5 -.7 -.1 -.1 -3.0 .1 .2 .4 -4.7 .1
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.0 -.1 .0 .0 -.6 -.6 -.3 -.2 .0 -2.4 .2 .3 .5 -2.6 .2
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.2 .1 .1 .5 .7 .7 .0 -.2 -.1 .2 .1 .1 .2 2.3 .1
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1 Not seasonally adjusted. 2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base. 3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator. All other

5 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base. 6 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base. - Data not available.

item stratum index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator. 4 Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.

NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.

Table 2. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Seasonally adjusted U.S. city average, by expenditure category and commodity and service group
(1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted) Seasonally adjusted indexes Seasonally adjusted annual rate percent change for 3 months ended— Feb. 2009 Mar. 2009 Apr. 2009 May 2009 Aug. 2008 Nov. 2008 Feb. 2009 May 2009 6 months ended— Nov. 2008 May 2009

CPI-U
Expenditure category All items .............................................................................. Food and beverages ......................................................... Food ................................................................................ Food at home ................................................................ Cereals and bakery products ...................................... Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs ..................................... Dairy and related products 1 ....................................... Fruits and vegetables .................................................. Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials ....... Other food at home ..................................................... Sugar and sweets ..................................................... Fats and oils .............................................................. Other foods ............................................................... Other miscellaneous foods 1 2 ................................ Food away from home 1 ............................................... Other food away from home 1 2 .................................. Alcoholic beverages ........................................................ Housing ............................................................................. Shelter ............................................................................. Rent of primary residence 3 .......................................... Lodging away from home 2 ........................................... Owners’ equivalent rent of primary residence 3 4 ......... Tenants’ and household insurance 1 2 ......................... Fuels and utilities ............................................................ Household energy ......................................................... Fuel oil and other fuels ................................................ Gas (piped) and electricity 3 ....................................... Water and sewer and trash collection services 2 .......... Household furnishings and operations ............................ Household operations 1 2 ............................................. Apparel .............................................................................. Men’s and boys’ apparel ................................................. Women’s and girls’ apparel ............................................. Infants’ and toddlers’ apparel .......................................... Footwear ......................................................................... Transportation ................................................................... Private transportation ...................................................... New and used motor vehicles 2 .................................... New vehicles ............................................................... Used cars and trucks .................................................. Motor fuel ...................................................................... Gasoline (all types) ..................................................... Motor vehicle parts and equipment 1 ............................ Motor vehicle maintenance and repair 1 ....................... Public transportation ....................................................... Medical care ...................................................................... Medical care commodities .............................................. Medical care services ..................................................... Professional services .................................................... Hospital and related services 3 ..................................... See footnotes at end of table. 213.007 219.076 218.970 217.968 254.347 208.389 204.537 275.374 163.173 192.419 196.990 203.729 206.838 122.580 221.968 154.726 219.141 217.621 248.881 248.087 136.561 255.687 120.683 217.260 196.415 251.478 202.043 157.141 129.008 150.156 120.039 116.328 107.374 112.796 125.209 172.759 168.067 91.997 133.199 123.757 182.030 180.685 134.108 241.689 234.648 371.175 301.710 392.512 316.299 554.315 212.714 218.792 218.651 217.202 253.863 206.465 199.687 275.843 164.813 192.431 197.299 204.029 206.741 122.402 222.216 154.414 219.315 217.335 248.899 248.490 133.328 256.257 120.737 214.254 192.927 232.191 199.289 157.817 129.436 150.914 119.744 116.007 106.592 113.510 125.517 170.903 166.252 92.016 134.020 121.704 173.947 173.498 134.484 242.118 232.294 371.902 302.464 393.210 316.416 557.588 212.671 218.401 218.254 215.948 252.062 206.480 197.124 275.810 163.084 190.826 196.398 201.213 205.037 122.883 222.905 155.099 218.994 217.180 249.334 248.916 134.000 256.627 120.675 210.702 188.753 227.355 194.967 158.802 129.434 150.809 119.537 114.062 106.771 115.025 126.039 170.259 165.676 92.400 134.580 121.616 169.373 168.696 134.640 242.649 230.470 373.257 303.357 394.734 316.667 562.843 212.876 217.965 217.738 214.929 251.645 204.679 196.055 273.037 162.848 190.643 196.340 199.782 205.011 122.838 223.023 155.099 219.601 217.056 249.680 249.233 134.136 257.003 120.728 207.903 185.399 220.321 191.671 159.821 129.413 149.468 119.345 114.561 106.667 113.149 126.182 171.635 167.234 92.847 135.284 122.788 173.872 173.954 134.347 242.488 228.210 374.402 304.426 395.884 318.499 563.594 6.7 8.7 9.0 11.6 9.5 10.9 14.1 23.1 4.4 9.1 5.2 23.7 7.6 7.9 5.9 4.0 4.0 4.1 2.3 4.1 -.9 2.2 .5 16.6 18.1 1.9 19.8 9.4 2.6 6.2 5.6 -2.2 14.6 -5.4 -.3 15.6 15.2 -2.4 -1.3 -8.6 45.5 45.7 11.5 7.8 21.4 2.3 .8 2.8 3.0 5.5

-9.4 4.6 4.5 3.6 9.2 3.9 -3.0 -10.1 9.5 9.7 11.0 9.9 9.4 8.6 5.6 7.7 5.6 -.7 1.8 3.4 -5.9 2.3 5.8 -16.1 -20.1 -58.3 -15.5 6.5 1.7 2.2 -3.5 -4.2 -8.2 6.7 3.0 -45.7 -47.1 -6.9 -6.3 -16.0 -85.0 -85.4 8.3 5.0 -22.7 2.7 3.3 2.5 2.6 4.2

-0.5 .1 .0 -2.8 .1 -1.5 -15.1 -9.6 -1.5 4.0 10.0 -7.7 4.8 -3.1 3.5 2.0 1.8 .0 .7 2.6 -13.2 1.8 1.5 -4.8 -6.2 -41.5 -2.9 2.4 .9 .4 3.9 16.1 .3 -3.7 .5 -7.4 -6.5 1.7 3.1 -11.9 -28.4 -26.6 3.5 4.5 -18.4 4.3 5.6 3.8 2.4 8.5

-0.2 -2.0 -2.2 -5.5 -4.2 -6.9 -15.6 -3.4 -.8 -3.6 -1.3 -7.5 -3.5 .8 1.9 1.0 .8 -1.0 1.3 1.9 -6.9 2.1 .1 -16.1 -20.6 -41.1 -19.0 7.0 1.3 -1.8 -2.3 -5.9 -2.6 1.3 3.1 -2.6 -2.0 3.7 6.4 -3.1 -16.8 -14.1 .7 1.3 -10.5 3.5 3.6 3.5 2.8 6.9

-1.6 6.6 6.7 7.5 9.4 7.3 5.2 5.2 7.0 9.4 8.1 16.6 8.5 8.2 5.8 5.8 4.8 1.7 2.0 3.8 -3.4 2.3 3.1 -1.1 -2.8 -34.8 .6 8.0 2.2 4.2 .9 -3.2 2.5 .5 1.3 -20.8 -22.0 -4.7 -3.8 -12.4 -53.2 -53.8 9.9 6.4 -3.2 2.5 2.0 2.7 2.8 4.8

-0.4 -1.0 -1.1 -4.1 -2.1 -4.3 -15.4 -6.5 -1.2 .1 4.2 -7.6 .6 -1.1 2.7 1.5 1.3 -.5 1.0 2.2 -10.1 2.0 .8 -10.6 -13.7 -41.3 -11.3 4.7 1.1 -.7 .7 4.5 -1.2 -1.2 1.8 -5.0 -4.3 2.7 4.7 -7.6 -22.8 -20.6 2.1 2.9 -14.5 3.9 4.6 3.7 2.6 7.7

Table 2. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Seasonally adjusted U.S. city average, by expenditure category and commodity and service group-Continued
(1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted) Seasonally adjusted indexes Seasonally adjusted annual rate percent change for 3 months ended— Feb. 2009 Mar. 2009 Apr. 2009 May 2009 Aug. 2008 Nov. 2008 Feb. 2009 May 2009 6 months ended— Nov. 2008 May 2009

CPI-U
Expenditure category Recreation 2 ...................................................................... Video and audio 2 ........................................................... Education and communication 2 ....................................... Education 2 ..................................................................... Educational books and supplies ................................... Tuition, other school fees, and childcare ...................... Communication 2 ............................................................ Information and information processing 1 2 .................. Telephone services 1 2 ............................................... Information technology, hardware and services 1 5 .... Personal computers and peripheral equipment 1 6 ... Other goods and services ................................................. Tobacco and smoking products 1 ................................... Personal care .................................................................. Personal care products 1 .............................................. Personal care services 1 ............................................... Miscellaneous personal services .................................. Commodity and service group Commodities ....................................................................... Food and beverages ......................................................... Commodities less food and beverages ............................. Nondurables less food and beverages ........................... Apparel .......................................................................... Nondurables less food, beverages, and apparel .......... Durables .......................................................................... Services .............................................................................. Rent of shelter 4 ................................................................ Tenants’ and household insurance 1 2 ............................. Gas (piped) and electricity 3 ............................................. Water and sewer and trash collection services 2 .............. Household operations 1 2 ................................................. Transportation services ..................................................... Medical care services ....................................................... Other services ................................................................... Special indexes All items less food ............................................................... All items less shelter ........................................................... All items less medical care .................................................. Commodities less food ........................................................ Nondurables less food ........................................................ Nondurables less food and apparel .................................... Nondurables ........................................................................ Services less rent of shelter 4 ............................................. Services less medical care services ................................... Energy ................................................................................. All items less energy ........................................................... All items less food and energy .......................................... Commodities less food and energy commodities ........... Energy commodities ..................................................... Services less energy services ......................................... 212.061 201.331 205.148 143.336 175.672 209.425 195.833 277.608 247.947 187.901 217.276 217.670 140.300 186.872 264.500 211.773 200.911 204.820 142.788 173.638 206.340 194.522 277.380 247.779 182.254 217.539 218.042 140.893 178.146 264.698 211.787 200.676 204.724 142.801 172.529 205.196 193.911 276.815 247.685 177.924 217.941 218.594 141.583 173.528 265.129 212.111 200.829 204.892 143.471 173.715 206.725 193.862 276.222 247.547 178.340 218.126 218.910 141.817 177.449 265.491 6.4 8.9 7.0 9.9 17.1 20.7 12.9 7.5 4.7 33.2 3.9 3.0 1.4 42.3 3.6 167.199 219.076 140.611 172.896 120.039 209.390 108.993 258.654 259.487 120.683 202.043 157.141 150.156 248.567 392.512 301.506 166.703 218.792 140.043 170.758 119.744 206.003 109.006 258.590 259.349 120.737 199.289 157.817 150.914 248.393 393.210 302.251 166.603 218.401 140.066 169.626 119.537 204.807 109.203 258.599 259.854 120.675 194.967 158.802 150.809 249.193 394.734 302.016 166.959 217.965 140.736 170.782 119.345 206.581 109.576 258.637 260.188 120.728 191.671 159.821 149.468 248.944 395.884 302.653 9.6 8.7 10.1 18.3 5.6 22.4 -1.4 4.7 2.2 .5 19.8 9.4 6.2 9.0 2.8 4.6

114.492 101.630 126.187 187.249 468.101 539.023 84.944 82.052 101.895 9.926 87.696 351.139 611.549 203.328 162.508 225.895 341.519

114.511 101.640 126.461 188.119 470.674 541.493 84.924 82.022 101.991 9.872 86.213 360.782 679.078 203.836 162.696 227.982 341.437

114.030 101.741 126.783 188.943 472.682 543.870 84.988 82.090 102.072 9.881 85.714 370.031 742.443 204.462 163.777 227.913 342.001

114.044 101.488 127.169 189.968 474.581 546.880 85.049 82.038 102.267 9.775 84.366 369.237 740.311 204.078 163.051 227.607 341.763

3.6 .3 4.9 6.2 12.8 5.7 3.7 3.7 5.8 -4.1 -15.9 4.3 11.6 2.3 1.2 .9 3.4

1.5 -1.8 2.2 4.9 4.2 5.0 -.4 -.4 .9 -5.7 -15.9 1.9 1.7 2.0 4.5 3.7 -.2

1.0 -1.9 3.3 5.1 4.5 5.1 1.6 1.6 1.4 2.4 -5.7 2.0 8.1 .3 3.8 -.5 .4

-1.6 -.6 3.1 5.9 5.7 6.0 .5 -.1 1.5 -5.9 -14.3 22.3 114.7 1.5 1.3 3.1 .3

2.6 -.8 3.5 5.6 8.4 5.4 1.6 1.6 3.3 -4.9 -15.9 3.1 6.5 2.2 2.8 2.3 1.6

-0.3 -1.2 3.2 5.5 5.1 5.5 1.1 .8 1.4 -1.9 -10.1 11.7 52.3 .9 2.6 1.3 .3

-21.8 4.6 -34.2 -49.9 -3.5 -59.4 -5.5 .4 2.1 5.8 -15.5 6.5 2.2 -1.6 2.5 2.2

-2.9 .1 -4.8 -5.8 3.9 -8.7 -1.3 1.3 .6 1.5 -2.9 2.4 .4 2.7 3.8 2.8

-.6 -2.0 .4 -4.8 -2.3 -5.3 2.2 .0 1.1 .1 -19.0 7.0 -1.8 .6 3.5 1.5

-7.4 6.6 -14.9 -23.0 .9 -29.5 -3.5 2.5 2.1 3.1 .6 8.0 4.2 3.6 2.7 3.4

-1.8 -1.0 -2.3 -5.3 .7 -7.0 .4 .6 .9 .8 -11.3 4.7 -.7 1.6 3.7 2.2

-11.5 -14.3 -10.1 -32.9 -47.5 -56.1 -27.8 -1.0 .5 -67.0 1.2 .6 -2.2 -83.9 1.7

-.6 -1.0 -.8 -4.6 -5.0 -7.2 -2.0 2.1 1.1 -17.4 1.2 1.5 1.2 -29.4 1.6

.1 -1.0 -.5 .4 -4.4 -5.1 -4.0 -2.0 -.6 -18.9 1.6 2.3 4.4 -18.7 1.5

-3.0 -3.4 -1.9 -14.2 -21.6 -27.2 -9.7 3.2 2.6 -33.7 2.6 1.8 -.4 -52.1 2.6

-.2 -1.0 -.6 -2.1 -4.7 -6.2 -3.0 .0 .2 -18.1 1.4 1.9 2.8 -24.2 1.5

1 Not seasonally adjusted. 2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base. 3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator. All other

4 Indexes on a December 1982=100 base. 5 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base. 6 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.

item stratum index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator.

NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.

Table 3. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Selected areas, all items index
(1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted) All items

CPI-U
U.S. city average ............................................ Region and area size2

Indexes Pricing schedule
1

Percent change to May2009 from— Apr. 2009 May 2009 213.856 May 2008 -1.3 Mar. 2009 0.5 Apr. 2009 0.3

Percent change to Apr.2009 from— Apr. 2008 -0.7 Feb. 2009 0.5 Mar. 2009 0.2

Feb. 2009 212.193

Mar. 2009 212.709

M

213.240

Northeast urban .............................................. Size A - More than 1,500,000 ..................... Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 3 ................ Midwest urban ................................................ Size A - More than 1,500,000 ..................... Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 3 ................ Size D - Nonmetropolitan (less than 50,000) ............................................... South urban .................................................... Size A - More than 1,500,000 ..................... Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 3 ................ Size D - Nonmetropolitan (less than 50,000) ............................................... West urban ..................................................... Size A - More than 1,500,000 ..................... Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 3 ................ Size classes A 4 .............................................................. B/C 3 ........................................................... D ................................................................. Selected local areas5

M M M M M M M M M M M M M M

226.754 229.262 133.967 201.453 202.639 129.057 196.421 205.343 207.929 130.380 206.671 217.095 220.955 131.636

227.309 229.749 134.411 202.021 203.240 129.334 197.267 206.001 208.529 130.873 206.927 217.357 221.124 131.775

227.840 230.400 134.547 202.327 203.463 129.604 197.644 206.657 208.934 131.370 207.898 217.910 221.790 131.912

228.136 230.611 134.857 203.195 204.443 129.967 198.911 207.265 209.235 131.777 209.563 218.567 222.659 131.990

-.8 -.6 -1.5 -1.9 -1.8 -2.0 -1.9 -1.3 -1.2 -1.4 -.8 -1.1 -.9 -1.5

.4 .4 .3 .6 .6 .5 .8 .6 .3 .7 1.3 .6 .7 .2

.1 .1 .2 .4 .5 .3 .6 .3 .1 .3 .8 .3 .4 .1

-.1 .2 -.9 -1.5 -1.5 -1.4 -1.6 -.7 -.5 -.9 -.4 -.7 -.4 -1.3

.5 .5 .4 .4 .4 .4 .6 .6 .5 .8 .6 .4 .4 .2

.2 .3 .1 .2 .1 .2 .2 .3 .2 .4 .5 .3 .3 .1

M M M

194.354 130.855 203.999

194.750 131.230 204.672

195.207 131.557 205.421

195.745 131.876 206.717

-1.1 -1.6 -1.2

.5 .5 1.0

.3 .2 .6

-.5 -1.1 -.9

.4 .5 .7

.2 .2 .4

Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI ................... Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA ... New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT-PA ......................................... Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT ..... Cleveland-Akron, OH ...................................... Dallas-Fort Worth, TX ..................................... Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV 6 ...... Atlanta, GA ..................................................... Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI .............................. Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX .................... Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL ............................. Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, PA-NJ-DE-MD ........................................ San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA ........... Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA ....................

M M M 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

207.367 221.439 234.663
-

207.462 221.376 235.067 232.155 199.457 200.039 138.620
-

207.886 221.693 235.582
-

209.809 222.522 235.975 231.891 200.196 199.311 139.311
-

-2.4 -1.8 -.1 -1.5 -2.3 -1.5 -.2
-

1.1 .5 .4 -.1 .4 -.4 .5
-

.9 .4 .2
-

-2.2 -1.3 .8
-

.3 .1 .4
-

.2 .1 .2
-

199.190 201.913 187.972 220.589 220.262 222.166 224.737

199.210 202.373 189.701 220.740 221.686 223.854 225.918

-3.5 -1.4 .5 -.3 -.9 .8 1.2

.0 .2 .9 .1 .6 .8 .5

1 Foods, fuels, and several other items priced every month in all areas; most other goods and services priced as indicated: M - Every month. 1 - January, March, May, July, September, and November. 2 - February, April, June, August, October, and December. 2 Regions defined as the four Census regions. See technical notes. 3 Indexes on a December 1996=100 base. 4 Indexes on a December 1986=100 base. 5 In addition, the following metropolitan areas are published semiannually and appear in Tables 34 and 39 of the January and July issues of the CPI Detailed Report: Anchorage, AK; Cincinnati-Hamilton, OH-KY-IN; Denver-Boulder-Greeley, CO; Honolulu, HI; Kansas City, MO-KS; Milwaukee-Racine, WI; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI; Phoenix-Mesa, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland-Salem, OR-WA; St. Louis, MO-IL; San Diego, CA;

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL. 6 Indexes on a November 1996=100 base. - Data not available. NOTE: Local area indexes are byproducts of the national CPI program. Each local index has a smaller sample size than the national index and is, therefore, subject to substantially more sampling and other measurement error. As a result, local area indexes show greater volatility than the national index, although their long-term trends are similar. Therefore, the Bureau of Labor Statistics strongly urges users to consider adopting the national average CPI for use in their escalator clauses. NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.

Table 4. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): U.S. city average, by expenditure category and commodity and service group
(1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted) Unadjusted percent change to May 2009 from— May 2008 Apr. 2009

CPI-W
Expenditure category All items ........................................................................................ All items (1967=100) .................................................................... Food and beverages .................................................................. Food ......................................................................................... Food at home ......................................................................... Cereals and bakery products ............................................... Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs .............................................. Dairy and related products 1 ................................................ Fruits and vegetables ........................................................... Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials ................ Other food at home .............................................................. Sugar and sweets .............................................................. Fats and oils ....................................................................... Other foods ........................................................................ Other miscellaneous foods 1 2 ......................................... Food away from home 1 ......................................................... Other food away from home 1 2 ........................................... Alcoholic beverages ................................................................. Housing ...................................................................................... Shelter ...................................................................................... Rent of primary residence 3 ................................................... Lodging away from home 2 .................................................... Owners’ equivalent rent of primary residence 3 4 .................. Tenants’ and household insurance 1 2 ................................... Fuels and utilities ..................................................................... Household energy .................................................................. Fuel oil and other fuels ......................................................... Gas (piped) and electricity 3 ................................................. Water and sewer and trash collection services 2 ................... Household furnishings and operations ..................................... Household operations 1 2 ....................................................... Apparel ....................................................................................... Men’s and boys’ apparel .......................................................... Women’s and girls’ apparel ...................................................... Infants’ and toddlers’ apparel ................................................... Footwear .................................................................................. Transportation ............................................................................ Private transportation ............................................................... New and used motor vehicles 2 ............................................. New vehicles ........................................................................ Used cars and trucks ........................................................... Motor fuel ............................................................................... Gasoline (all types) .............................................................. Motor vehicle parts and equipment 1 ..................................... Motor vehicle maintenance and repair 1 ................................ Public transportation ................................................................ Medical care ............................................................................... Medical care commodities ........................................................ Medical care services ............................................................... Professional services ............................................................. Hospital and related services 3 .............................................. See footnotes at end of table.

Relative importance, December 2008

Unadjusted indexes Apr. 2009 May 2009

Seasonally adjusted percent change from— Feb. to Mar. Mar. to Apr. Apr. to May

100.000
-

207.925 619.344 217.653 217.376 214.654 253.556 205.527 195.714 271.771 162.464 190.650 195.858 201.474 205.820 123.112 222.957 154.414 220.243 212.885 242.857 247.517 138.008 232.503 121.084 205.840 182.795 232.068 188.735 159.073 125.458 152.980 122.709 117.834 110.990 119.873 128.312 168.539 165.299 89.620 135.911 121.850 177.982 177.510 134.614 245.180 228.525 374.599 295.699 397.553 320.407 561.516

208.774 621.875 217.308 216.975 213.876 253.430 203.409 194.694 271.530 162.468 190.401 194.928 201.470 205.641 123.126 223.082 154.409 220.729 212.881 242.941 247.710 136.113 232.739 121.160 205.270 181.977 229.019 187.982 159.861 125.589 152.001 121.364 117.687 108.637 116.912 127.802 173.055 169.957 90.039 136.113 123.339 194.339 194.569 134.439 245.036 227.522 375.420 296.431 398.387 322.043 560.906

-1.9
-

0.4
-

-0.1
-

0.0
-

0.1
-

16.942 15.865 9.201 1.249 2.315 .992 1.266 1.167 2.212 .304 .274 1.634 .472 6.664 .233 1.077 41.313 31.224 8.279 1.209 21.430 .306 6.030 4.996 .283 4.713 1.035 4.059 .360 3.979 1.024 1.568 .249 .840 17.067 16.284 7.627 4.057 2.863 4.029 3.770 .482 1.242 .784 5.355 1.320 4.035 2.234 1.338

2.8 2.7 1.5 3.6 1.5 -6.0 -1.0 3.3 4.5 5.9 3.7 4.3 3.3 4.4 4.0 3.4 .8 1.9 2.9 -6.1 2.1 2.1 -5.6 -7.9 -36.2 -5.6 6.4 1.9 1.5 .8 .9 .0 -.3 2.0 -16.3 -16.6 -3.0 .1 -10.1 -39.9 -39.4 6.1 4.6 -8.7 3.3 3.3 3.3 2.8 6.4

-.2 -.2 -.4 .0 -1.0 -.5 -.1 .0 -.1 -.5 .0 -.1 .0 .1 .0 .2 .0 .0 .1 -1.4 .1 .1 -.3 -.4 -1.3 -.4 .5 .1 -.6 -1.1 -.1 -2.1 -2.5 -.4 2.7 2.8 .5 .1 1.2 9.2 9.6 -.1 -.1 -.4 .2 .2 .2 .5 -.1

-.1 -.1 -.3 -.1 -.9 -2.5 .1 1.2 .0 .4 -.1 .0 -.1 .1 -.3 .1 -.1 .1 .2 -2.3 .2 .1 -1.4 -1.8 -7.0 -1.5 .4 .2 .7 -.3 -.5 -.8 .4 .4 -1.3 -1.3 -.3 .7 -1.7 -4.4 -3.9 .2 .2 -.7 .2 .3 .2 .1 .6

-.2 -.2 -.5 -.7 .0 -1.2 .2 -1.1 -.9 -.6 -1.2 -.9 .2 .3 .2 -.1 -.1 .1 .2 .4 .1 .0 -1.8 -2.3 -2.5 -2.3 .6 .2 -.2 -.3 -1.8 -.2 1.7 .4 -.5 -.5 .3 .3 .0 -2.6 -2.7 .1 .2 -.7 .4 .3 .4 .1 1.0

-.2 -.3 -.5 -.2 -.9 -.5 -1.1 -.1 -.1 -.2 -.8 .1 .0 .1 .0 .5 .0 .2 .1 .2 .2 .1 -1.2 -1.6 -3.0 -1.5 .6 .1 -.6 .0 .5 -.1 -1.4 .1 .9 1.0 .5 .4 1.0 2.6 3.0 -.1 -.1 -.9 .3 .4 .3 .6 .2

Table 4. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): U.S. city average, by expenditure category and commodity and service group-Continued
(1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted) Unadjusted percent change to May 2009 from— May 2008 Apr. 2009

CPI-W
Expenditure category Recreation 2 ............................................................................... Video and audio 2 .................................................................... Education and communication 2 ................................................ Education 2 .............................................................................. Educational books and supplies ............................................. Tuition, other school fees, and childcare ................................ Communication 2 ..................................................................... Information and information processing 1 2 ............................ Telephone services 1 2 ......................................................... Information technology, hardware and services 1 5 ............. Personal computers and peripheral equipment 1 6 ............ Other goods and services .......................................................... Tobacco and smoking products 1 ............................................ Personal care ........................................................................... Personal care products 1 ....................................................... Personal care services 1 ........................................................ Miscellaneous personal services ........................................... Commodity and service group Commodities ................................................................................ Food and beverages .................................................................. Commodities less food and beverages ...................................... Nondurables less food and beverages ..................................... Apparel ................................................................................... Nondurables less food, beverages, and apparel .................... Durables ................................................................................... Services ....................................................................................... Rent of shelter 4 ......................................................................... Tenants’ and household insurance 1 2 ....................................... Gas (piped) and electricity 3 ....................................................... Water and sewer and trash collection services 2 ....................... Household operations 1 2 ........................................................... Transportation services .............................................................. Medical care services ................................................................. Other services ............................................................................ Special indexes All items less food ........................................................................ All items less shelter .................................................................... All items less medical care ........................................................... Commodities less food ................................................................. Nondurables less food ................................................................. Nondurables less food and apparel ............................................. Nondurables ................................................................................. Services less rent of shelter 4 ...................................................... Services less medical care services ............................................ Energy .......................................................................................... All items less energy .................................................................... All items less food and energy ................................................... Commodities less food and energy commodities ..................... Energy commodities ............................................................... Services less energy services .................................................. Purchasing power of the consumer dollar (1982-84=$1.00) ........ Purchasing power of the consumer dollar (1967=$1.00) .............

Relative importance, December 2008

Unadjusted indexes Apr. 2009 May 2009

Seasonally adjusted percent change from— Feb. to Mar. Mar. to Apr. Apr. to May

5.454 1.982 6.221 2.527 .219 2.308 3.694 3.568 2.965 .604 .202 3.668 1.267 2.401 .662 .580 .947

111.182 102.516 122.152 184.892 474.950 520.348 87.671 85.655 102.048 10.385 85.406 394.902 747.906 203.010 163.911 228.119 345.016

111.152 102.214 122.293 185.291 475.213 521.550 87.712 85.624 102.231 10.271 84.017 394.061 746.009 202.631 163.119 227.829 345.326

1.2 -.7 3.0 5.4 6.7 5.3 1.4 1.3 2.3 -3.3 -13.4 10.5 27.9 1.6 2.6 1.7 1.2

0.0 -.3 .1 .2 .1 .2 .0 .0 .2 -1.1 -1.6 -.2 -.3 -.2 -.5 -.1 .1

0.0 -.1 .2 .5 .4 .5 .0 .0 .1 -.6 -1.8 3.9 10.9 .2 .0 .9 .0

-0.3 .3 .2 .4 .4 .4 .1 .1 .1 .1 -.7 3.8 9.6 .4 .9 .0 .2

0.0 -.3 .2 .5 .5 .5 .0 .0 .2 -1.1 -1.6 -.2 -.3 -.2 -.5 -.1 .0

42.689 16.942 25.747 14.587 3.979 10.609 11.160 57.311 30.918 .306 4.713 1.035 .360 5.512 4.035 10.432

169.005 217.653 143.871 179.415 122.709 218.502 108.596 253.403 234.148 121.084 188.735 159.073 152.980 248.809 397.553 289.738

170.532 217.308 146.125 183.813 121.364 226.621 108.933 253.482 234.229 121.160 187.982 159.861 152.001 248.795 398.387 290.116

-6.2 2.8 -11.0 -16.0 .8 -20.5 -2.6 1.7 1.9 2.1 -5.6 6.4 1.5 3.4 3.3 2.6

.9 -.2 1.6 2.5 -1.1 3.7 .3 .0 .0 .1 -.4 .5 -.6 .0 .2 .1

-.3 -.1 -.4 -1.2 -.3 -1.4 -.2 .0 .1 .1 -1.5 .4 .7 .0 .2 .3

.0 -.2 .1 -.6 -.3 -.3 .2 .0 .1 .0 -2.3 .6 -.2 .4 .4 -.1

.3 -.2 .6 1.0 .0 1.1 .4 .0 .2 .1 -1.5 .6 -.6 .0 .3 .2

84.135 68.776 94.645 26.824 15.664 11.686 31.530 26.392 53.275 9.024 90.976 75.111 22.513 4.311 52.598
-

206.081 197.432 201.112 146.371 181.815 217.649 198.408 243.718 242.980 178.485 212.472 211.857 143.237 181.021 260.439 $ .481 $ .161

207.148 198.571 201.955 148.589 186.012 225.091 200.601 243.784 243.022 186.321 212.462 211.926 143.170 196.706 260.615 $ .479 $ .161

-2.7 -3.5 -2.2 -10.5 -15.0 -18.9 -7.4 1.5 1.6 -28.0 2.1 2.0 1.1 -39.8 2.4
-

.5 .6 .4 1.5 2.3 3.4 1.1 .0 .0 4.4 .0 .0 .0 8.7 .1
-

-.1 -.3 -.2 -.4 -1.1 -1.3 -.7 -.1 .0 -3.1 .2 .2 .5 -4.5 .1
-

.0 -.1 .0 .1 -.6 -.3 -.2 -.3 -.1 -2.4 .2 .3 .7 -2.6 .2
-

.2 .1 .1 .6 1.0 .9 .0 -.2 .0 .4 .1 .2 .2 2.3 .2
-

1 Not seasonally adjusted. 2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base. 3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator. All other

5 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base. 6 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base. - Data not available.

item stratum index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator. 4 Indexes on a December 1984=100 base

NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.

Table 5. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): Seasonally adjusted U.S. city average, by expenditure category and commodity and service group
(1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted) Seasonally adjusted indexes Seasonally adjusted annual rate percent change for 3 months ended— Feb. 2009 Mar. 2009 Apr. 2009 May 2009 Aug. 2008 Nov. 2008 Feb. 2009 May 2009 6 months ended— Nov. 2008 May 2009

CPI-W
Expenditure category All items .............................................................................. Food and beverages ......................................................... Food ................................................................................ Food at home ................................................................ Cereals and bakery products ...................................... Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs ..................................... Dairy and related products 1 ....................................... Fruits and vegetables .................................................. Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials ....... Other food at home ..................................................... Sugar and sweets ..................................................... Fats and oils .............................................................. Other foods ............................................................... Other miscellaneous foods 1 2 ................................ Food away from home 1 ............................................... Other food away from home 1 2 .................................. Alcoholic beverages ........................................................ Housing ............................................................................. Shelter ............................................................................. Rent of primary residence 3 .......................................... Lodging away from home 2 ........................................... Owners’ equivalent rent of primary residence 3 4 ......... Tenants’ and household insurance 1 2 ......................... Fuels and utilities ............................................................ Household energy ......................................................... Fuel oil and other fuels ................................................ Gas (piped) and electricity 3 ....................................... Water and sewer and trash collection services 2 .......... Household furnishings and operations ............................ Household operations 1 2 ............................................. Apparel .............................................................................. Men’s and boys’ apparel ................................................. Women’s and girls’ apparel ............................................. Infants’ and toddlers’ apparel .......................................... Footwear ......................................................................... Transportation ................................................................... Private transportation ...................................................... New and used motor vehicles 2 .................................... New vehicles ............................................................... Used cars and trucks .................................................. Motor fuel ...................................................................... Gasoline (all types) ..................................................... Motor vehicle parts and equipment 1 ............................ Motor vehicle maintenance and repair 1 ....................... Public transportation ....................................................... Medical care ...................................................................... Medical care commodities .............................................. Medical care services ..................................................... Professional services .................................................... Hospital and related services 3 ..................................... See footnotes at end of table. 207.692 218.371 218.207 216.694 254.813 208.151 203.023 272.522 162.689 191.629 195.485 204.738 206.781 122.994 222.101 154.520 219.285 213.680 242.000 246.739 137.170 231.675 120.960 216.077 194.282 255.111 200.210 157.531 124.754 152.168 119.854 117.255 107.054 115.319 125.352 169.627 166.302 89.662 134.277 124.356 182.697 181.433 134.264 244.219 231.991 371.397 293.339 394.081 318.961 550.509 207.401 218.079 217.881 215.965 254.555 206.190 198.048 272.783 164.563 191.720 196.202 204.559 206.801 122.837 222.336 154.054 219.507 213.463 242.257 247.150 133.991 232.200 121.099 213.084 190.862 237.288 197.294 158.223 125.029 153.239 119.478 116.702 106.208 115.748 125.880 167.435 164.112 89.419 135.162 122.304 174.688 174.331 134.485 244.650 230.256 372.188 294.284 394.779 319.150 553.960 207.352 217.672 217.462 214.802 252.843 206.191 195.714 273.381 162.761 190.049 195.060 202.186 204.983 123.112 222.957 154.414 219.265 213.190 242.595 247.522 134.472 232.489 121.084 209.329 186.541 231.388 192.851 159.211 125.303 152.980 119.065 114.576 106.000 117.751 126.391 166.620 163.332 89.667 135.612 122.256 170.137 169.566 134.614 245.180 228.536 373.540 295.047 396.348 319.449 559.368 207.624 217.225 216.912 213.768 252.282 204.374 194.694 270.352 162.650 189.923 194.731 200.498 205.144 123.126 223.082 154.409 220.348 213.097 242.963 247.874 134.706 232.851 121.160 206.844 183.586 224.548 189.940 160.241 125.430 152.001 119.078 115.184 105.873 116.074 126.469 168.145 164.963 90.153 136.199 123.465 174.513 174.723 134.439 245.036 226.424 374.834 296.120 397.699 321.250 560.587 7.5 9.0 9.4 11.7 10.3 11.1 14.3 24.2 4.1 8.9 5.5 23.4 7.4 7.6 6.3 4.9 4.1 4.6 2.4 3.9 -1.6 2.1 .9 17.1 18.5 3.1 19.8 9.7 3.1 6.2 5.7 -1.2 15.6 -8.3 .4 16.0 15.8 -3.8 -1.5 -8.6 45.2 45.5 11.5 7.7 22.1 2.4 1.0 2.9 3.1 5.8

-11.8 4.7 4.6 3.8 9.2 3.9 -3.6 -10.4 11.3 9.4 11.2 10.6 8.9 8.1 5.8 8.7 5.9 -.5 2.4 3.2 -3.4 2.3 5.8 -14.9 -18.6 -55.7 -15.0 6.8 1.7 .4 -3.7 -4.5 -9.0 8.7 2.4 -49.6 -50.5 -9.0 -6.6 -16.3 -85.0 -85.5 9.2 5.0 -23.9 2.6 3.2 2.5 2.6 3.7

-0.8 -.2 -.3 -3.1 -.5 -1.4 -16.2 -10.5 -1.7 3.6 8.8 -7.8 4.7 -2.7 3.7 2.8 1.7 .4 1.4 2.5 -12.0 1.8 1.2 -4.3 -5.6 -39.6 -3.0 2.2 .5 -.2 4.1 18.0 -.5 -3.2 1.6 -8.9 -8.5 -1.1 3.2 -12.0 -28.1 -25.8 3.5 4.6 -17.7 4.4 5.5 4.0 2.6 8.6

-0.1 -2.1 -2.4 -5.3 -3.9 -7.1 -15.4 -3.1 -.1 -3.5 -1.5 -8.0 -3.1 .4 1.8 -.3 2.0 -1.1 1.6 1.9 -7.0 2.0 .7 -16.0 -20.3 -40.0 -19.0 7.1 2.2 -.4 -2.6 -6.9 -4.3 2.6 3.6 -3.4 -3.2 2.2 5.8 -2.8 -16.7 -14.0 .5 1.3 -9.3 3.8 3.8 3.7 2.9 7.5

-2.6 6.8 7.0 7.6 9.7 7.4 5.0 5.5 7.7 9.2 8.3 16.8 8.1 7.8 6.1 6.8 5.0 2.0 2.4 3.6 -2.5 2.2 3.4 -.2 -1.8 -32.4 .9 8.2 2.4 3.3 .9 -2.9 2.6 -.2 1.4 -23.5 -24.3 -6.4 -4.1 -12.5 -53.4 -54.1 10.3 6.3 -3.6 2.5 2.1 2.7 2.8 4.8

-0.5 -1.1 -1.3 -4.2 -2.2 -4.3 -15.8 -6.9 -.9 .0 3.5 -7.9 .7 -1.1 2.7 1.2 1.8 -.3 1.5 2.2 -9.5 1.9 .9 -10.4 -13.2 -39.8 -11.3 4.6 1.3 -.3 .7 4.8 -2.5 -.3 2.6 -6.2 -5.9 .5 4.5 -7.5 -22.6 -20.1 2.0 2.9 -13.6 4.1 4.7 3.9 2.8 8.0

Table 5. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): Seasonally adjusted U.S. city average, by expenditure category and commodity and service group-Continued
(1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted) Seasonally adjusted indexes Seasonally adjusted annual rate percent change for 3 months ended— Feb. 2009 Mar. 2009 Apr. 2009 May 2009 Aug. 2008 Nov. 2008 Feb. 2009 May 2009 6 months ended— Nov. 2008 May 2009

CPI-W
Expenditure category Recreation 2 ...................................................................... Video and audio 2 ........................................................... Education and communication 2 ....................................... Education 2 ..................................................................... Educational books and supplies ................................... Tuition, other school fees, and childcare ...................... Communication 2 ............................................................ Information and information processing 1 2 .................. Telephone services 1 2 ............................................... Information technology, hardware and services 1 5 .... Personal computers and peripheral equipment 1 6 ... Other goods and services ................................................. Tobacco and smoking products 1 ................................... Personal care .................................................................. Personal care products 1 .............................................. Personal care services 1 ............................................... Miscellaneous personal services .................................. Commodity and service group Commodities ....................................................................... Food and beverages ......................................................... Commodities less food and beverages ............................. Nondurables less food and beverages ........................... Apparel .......................................................................... Nondurables less food, beverages, and apparel .......... Durables .......................................................................... Services .............................................................................. Rent of shelter 4 ................................................................ Tenants’ and household insurance 1 2 ............................. Gas (piped) and electricity 3 ............................................. Water and sewer and trash collection services 2 .............. Household operations 1 2 ................................................. Transportation services ..................................................... Medical care services ....................................................... Other services ................................................................... Special indexes All items less food ............................................................... All items less shelter ........................................................... All items less medical care .................................................. Commodities less food ........................................................ Nondurables less food ........................................................ Nondurables less food and apparel .................................... Nondurables ........................................................................ Services less rent of shelter 4 ............................................. Services less medical care services ................................... Energy ................................................................................. All items less energy ........................................................... All items less food and energy .......................................... Commodities less food and energy commodities ........... Energy commodities ..................................................... Services less energy services ......................................... 205.662 197.425 200.971 145.025 180.246 216.564 198.015 245.607 243.578 186.446 211.226 210.188 140.675 186.476 259.521 205.378 196.931 200.650 144.434 178.203 213.688 196.725 245.340 243.498 180.751 211.602 210.707 141.363 178.042 259.892 205.393 196.739 200.558 144.560 177.208 213.033 196.298 244.695 243.313 176.359 212.088 211.378 142.367 173.415 260.282 205.809 196.980 200.797 145.372 178.973 215.042 196.393 244.177 243.221 177.124 212.301 211.745 142.656 177.375 260.701 7.2 9.8 7.8 11.3 19.2 23.3 14.0 8.0 5.0 34.1 4.0 2.9 1.4 43.0 3.6 168.242 218.371 142.519 177.755 119.854 217.299 108.475 253.785 233.328 120.960 200.210 157.531 152.168 248.087 394.081 289.415 167.715 218.079 141.910 175.626 119.478 214.185 108.251 253.811 233.478 121.099 197.294 158.223 153.239 248.145 394.779 290.152 167.690 217.672 142.044 174.600 119.065 213.527 108.461 253.695 233.802 121.084 192.851 159.211 152.980 249.142 396.348 289.907 168.137 217.225 142.846 176.429 119.078 215.822 108.846 253.765 234.196 121.160 189.940 160.241 152.001 249.130 397.699 290.444 10.6 9.0 11.5 20.2 5.7 24.8 -1.6 4.9 2.3 .9 19.8 9.7 6.2 8.1 2.9 4.7

111.309 101.852 122.064 184.662 471.367 520.014 87.639 85.624 101.890 10.442 87.622 365.470 615.012 201.381 162.543 226.088 343.601

111.324 101.751 122.270 185.499 473.276 522.397 87.616 85.595 101.977 10.378 86.004 379.874 682.115 201.817 162.516 228.201 343.711

110.976 102.023 122.505 186.203 475.206 524.365 87.673 85.655 102.048 10.385 85.406 394.363 747.906 202.554 163.911 228.119 344.376

110.947 101.761 122.797 187.168 477.376 527.111 87.712 85.624 102.231 10.271 84.017 393.500 746.009 202.156 163.119 227.829 344.423

3.7 .8 5.1 6.7 11.2 6.3 4.1 4.1 5.7 -3.6 -15.8 5.4 11.8 2.2 .9 1.0 3.5

1.0 -1.8 1.7 4.8 5.6 4.8 -.3 -.3 .9 -5.9 -17.3 2.4 2.1 2.6 4.2 3.6 .3

1.3 -1.5 2.8 4.5 4.9 4.5 1.6 1.6 1.3 2.9 -4.5 3.0 8.3 .3 3.9 -.6 .1

-1.3 -.4 2.4 5.5 5.2 5.6 .3 .0 1.3 -6.4 -15.5 34.4 116.5 1.5 1.4 3.1 1.0

2.3 -.5 3.4 5.8 8.4 5.5 1.9 1.9 3.3 -4.7 -16.5 3.9 6.8 2.4 2.5 2.3 1.9

0.0 -.9 2.6 5.0 5.1 5.0 .9 .8 1.3 -1.8 -10.1 17.6 53.1 .9 2.7 1.2 .5

-25.1 4.7 -38.4 -55.0 -3.7 -64.0 -7.2 .5 2.7 5.8 -15.0 6.8 .4 -.1 2.5 2.0

-3.8 -.2 -6.0 -5.1 4.1 -8.7 -2.8 1.6 1.2 1.2 -3.0 2.2 -.2 3.9 4.0 2.4

-.2 -2.1 .9 -3.0 -2.6 -2.7 1.4 .0 1.5 .7 -19.0 7.1 -.4 1.7 3.7 1.4

-9.0 6.8 -17.1 -26.5 .9 -32.9 -4.5 2.7 2.5 3.4 .9 8.2 3.3 3.9 2.7 3.3

-2.0 -1.1 -2.6 -4.0 .7 -5.7 -.7 .8 1.4 .9 -11.3 4.6 -.3 2.8 3.9 1.9

-14.5 -17.3 -12.5 -37.2 -52.8 -61.1 -31.8 -1.4 .7 -68.6 1.2 .5 -3.1 -84.2 2.1

-.9 -1.7 -1.1 -5.7 -4.4 -7.6 -2.1 2.0 1.3 -17.6 1.3 1.6 .7 -28.7 2.1

.3 -.9 -.3 1.0 -2.8 -2.8 -3.2 -2.3 -.6 -18.5 2.1 3.0 5.8 -18.1 1.8

-4.3 -4.7 -2.9 -16.4 -25.0 -30.7 -11.9 3.2 2.9 -35.1 2.6 1.7 -.9 -52.5 2.9

-.3 -1.3 -.7 -2.4 -3.6 -5.2 -2.7 -.2 .4 -18.1 1.7 2.3 3.2 -23.6 1.9

1 Not seasonally adjusted. 2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base. 3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator. All other

4 Indexes on a December 1984=100 base 5 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base. 6 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.

item stratum index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator.

NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.

Table 6. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): Selected areas, all items index
(1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted) All items

CPI-W
U.S. city average ............................................ Region and area size2

Indexes Pricing schedule
1

Percent change to May2009 from— Apr. 2009 May 2009 208.774 May 2008 -1.9 Mar. 2009 0.8 Apr. 2009 0.4

Percent change to Apr.2009 from— Apr. 2008 -1.3 Feb. 2009 0.6 Mar. 2009 0.3

Feb. 2009 206.708

Mar. 2009 207.218

M

207.925

Northeast urban .............................................. Size A - More than 1,500,000 ..................... Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 3 ................ Midwest urban ................................................ Size A - More than 1,500,000 ..................... Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 3 ................ Size D - Nonmetropolitan (less than 50,000) ............................................... South urban .................................................... Size A - More than 1,500,000 ..................... Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 3 ................ Size D - Nonmetropolitan (less than 50,000) ............................................... West urban ..................................................... Size A - More than 1,500,000 ..................... Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 3 ................ Size classes A 4 .............................................................. B/C 3 ........................................................... D ................................................................. Selected local areas5

M M M M M M M M M M M M M M

222.945 224.084 133.908 195.813 196.147 128.167 193.527 201.150 204.501 128.276 205.337 210.492 212.890 130.649

223.626 224.597 134.558 196.453 196.855 128.468 194.393 201.737 205.066 128.686 205.744 210.661 212.965 130.674

224.252 225.214 134.951 196.933 197.192 128.968 194.651 202.619 205.733 129.309 206.921 211.386 213.646 131.103

224.748 225.657 135.329 197.971 198.271 129.524 196.047 203.500 206.271 129.885 208.989 212.263 214.734 131.389

-1.0 -.8 -1.7 -2.4 -2.3 -2.5 -2.7 -2.1 -2.1 -2.2 -1.7 -1.7 -1.6 -2.0

.5 .5 .6 .8 .7 .8 .9 .9 .6 .9 1.6 .8 .8 .5

.2 .2 .3 .5 .5 .4 .7 .4 .3 .4 1.0 .4 .5 .2

-.2 .0 -.9 -1.9 -1.9 -1.8 -2.3 -1.5 -1.3 -1.6 -1.3 -1.4 -1.1 -1.8

.6 .5 .8 .6 .5 .6 .6 .7 .6 .8 .8 .4 .4 .3

.3 .3 .3 .2 .2 .4 .1 .4 .3 .5 .6 .3 .3 .3

M M M

191.927 129.488 200.681

192.327 129.833 201.485

192.861 130.361 202.351

193.597 130.847 203.883

-1.6 -2.2 -2.1

.7 .8 1.2

.4 .4 .8

-1.0 -1.6 -1.7

.5 .7 .8

.3 .4 .4

Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI ................... Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA ... New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT-PA ......................................... Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT ..... Cleveland-Akron, OH ...................................... Dallas-Fort Worth, TX ..................................... Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV 6 ...... Atlanta, GA ..................................................... Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI .............................. Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX .................... Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL ............................. Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, PA-NJ-DE-MD ........................................ San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA ........... Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA ....................

M M M 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

199.944 213.234 228.653
-

200.218 213.013 229.064 231.884 190.107 200.770 137.539
-

200.607 213.405 229.639
-

202.464 214.446 230.307 231.420 191.297 200.955 138.510
-

-2.8 -2.4 -.3 -1.7 -2.3 -2.6 -.6
-

1.1 .7 .5 -.2 .6 .1 .7
-

.9 .5 .3
-

-2.6 -2.1 .6
-

.3 .1 .4
-

.2 .2 .3
-

197.528 196.191 185.015 217.635 219.356 216.797 218.752

197.676 197.239 186.970 217.900 220.732 218.587 220.208

-3.9 -1.9 -.8 -.7 -1.1 .3 .8

.1 .5 1.1 .1 .6 .8 .7

1 Foods, fuels, and several other items priced every month in all areas; most other goods and services priced as indicated: M - Every month. 1 - January, March, May, July, September, and November. 2 - February, April, June, August, October, and December. 2 Regions defined as the four Census regions. See technical notes. 3 Indexes on a December 1996=100 base. 4 Indexes on a December 1986=100 base. 5 In addition, the following metropolitan areas are published semiannually and appear in Tables 34 and 39 of the January and July issues of the CPI Detailed Report: Anchorage, AK; Cincinnati-Hamilton, OH-KY-IN; Denver-Boulder-Greeley, CO; Honolulu, HI; Kansas City, MO-KS; Milwaukee-Racine, WI; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI; Phoenix-Mesa, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland-Salem, OR-WA; St. Louis, MO-IL; San Diego, CA;

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL. 6 Indexes on a November 1996=100 base. - Data not available. NOTE: Local area indexes are byproducts of the national CPI program. Each local index has a smaller sample size than the national index and is, therefore, subject to substantially more sampling and other measurement error. As a result, local area indexes show greater volatility than the national index, although their long-term trends are similar. Therefore, the Bureau of Labor Statistics strongly urges users to consider adopting the national average CPI for use in their escalator clauses. NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.

Table 7. Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U): U.S. city average, by expenditure category and commodity and service group
(December 1999=100, unless otherwise noted) Unadjusted percent change to May 2009 from— May 2009 May 2008 Apr. 2009

C-CPI-U
Expenditure category All items ...................................................................................... Food and beverages ................................................................ Food ....................................................................................... Food at home ....................................................................... Food away from home .......................................................... Alcoholic beverages ............................................................... Housing .................................................................................... Shelter .................................................................................... Fuels and utilities .................................................................... Household furnishings and operations ................................... Apparel ..................................................................................... Transportation .......................................................................... Private transportation ............................................................. Public transportation ............................................................... Medical care ............................................................................. Medical care commodities ...................................................... Medical care services ............................................................. Recreation ................................................................................ Education and communication ................................................. Education ............................................................................... Communication ...................................................................... Other goods and services ........................................................ Commodity and service group Services ...................................................................................... Commodities .............................................................................. Durables ................................................................................... Nondurables ............................................................................... All items less food and energy ................................................. Energy ........................................................................................

Relative importance, 2005-2006

Unadjusted indexes Apr. 2009

100.000 14.726 13.648 7.557 6.091 1.077 42.421 32.409 5.004 5.008 3.988 17.393 16.285 1.108 6.085 1.615 4.470 5.935 6.196 2.771 3.425 3.257

122.506 128.063 128.147 124.068 133.403 127.359 128.666 131.630 152.236 96.247 91.148 115.183 115.477 112.313 145.294 128.434 151.505 105.284 109.709 173.305 74.190 133.394

122.898 127.886 127.943 123.656 133.476 127.524 128.495 131.566 151.032 96.226 90.000 118.136 118.672 111.889 145.621 128.713 151.849 105.191 109.795 173.691 74.162 133.152

-1.4 2.7 2.6 1.4 4.2 2.9 .3 1.4 -7.0 .9 .4 -12.9 -13.2 -9.2 3.0 3.2 2.9 -.1 2.8 5.5 .7 4.0

0.3 -.1 -.2 -.3 .1 .1 -.1 .0 -.8 .0 -1.3 2.6 2.8 -.4 .2 .2 .2 -.1 .1 .2 .0 -.2

58.427 41.573 11.817 29.756 77.561 8.790

133.605 109.023 80.935 123.424 118.688 152.229

133.528 109.954 81.049 124.831 118.652 158.689

1.2 -4.9 -2.3 -5.9 1.4 -27.2

-.1 .9 .1 1.1 .0 4.2

Indexes for 2009 are initial estimates. Indexes for 2008 are interim adjustments. NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


				
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