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  Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) Last Updated: December 1214, 2018
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in November on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.3 percent in October, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.2 percent before seasonal adjustment.

The gasoline index declined 4.2 percent in November, offsetting increases in an array of indexes including shelter and used cars and trucks. Other major energy component indexes were mixed, with the index for fuel oil falling but the indexes for electricity and natural gas rising. The food index rose in November, with the indexes for food at home and food away from home both increasing.

The all items less food and energy index increased 0.2 percent in November. Along with the indexes for shelter and used cars and trucks, the indexes for medical care, recreation, and water and sewer and trash collection also increased. The indexes for wireless telephone services, airline fares, and motor vehicle insurance declined in November.

The all items index increased 2.2 percent for the 12 months ending November, compared to a 2.5-percent increase for the period ending October. The all items less food and energy index rose 2.2 percent in November. The energy index increased 3.1 percent for the 12 months ending November; this was its smallest 12-month increase since the period ending June 2017. The food index rose 1.4 percent over the last 12 months.

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The Consumer Price Index (CPI), computed and published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is a measure of the average change in prices over time in a fixed market basket of goods and services. It is based on prices of food, clothing, shelter, fuels, transportation fares, charges for doctors’ and dentists’ services, drugs and other goods and services that people buy for their day-to-day living.

A measure of the average change in prices over time for a set group of goods and services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes CPIs for two population groups:

  • (1) for all urban consumers (CPI-U) which covers approximately 80 percent of the total population
  • (2) for all urban wage earners and clerical workers (CPI-W) which covers 32 percent of the total population.

Among the CPI components are the costs of housing, food, transportation, and energy. While the CPI is not technically a cost of living index, it is often used to indicate changes in the cost-of-living.

A recorded message providing the latest CPI data is available at 617-565-2325. For more assistance, call the Boston office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics at 617-565-2327.

1915 - 2018 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
Month 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Jan 2.6 3.3 2.5 2.8 2.7 3.0 1.6 1.7 2.7 3.7 1.1 2.6 1.9 3.0 4.0 2.1 4.3 0.0 2.7 1.6 2.9 1.6 1.6 -0.1 1.4 2.5 2.1
Feb 2.8 3.2 2.5 2.9 2.7 3.0 1.4 1.6 3.2 3.5 1.1 3.0 1.7 3.0 3.6 2.4 4.0 0.2 2.1 2.1 2.9 2.0 1.1 0.0 1.0 2.7 2.2
Mar 3.2 3.1 2.5 2.9 2.8 2.8 1.4 1.7 3.8 2.9 1.5 3.0 1.7 3.1 3.4 2.8 3.9 -0.4 2.3 2.7 2.7 1.5 1.5 -0.1 0.9 2.4 2.4
Apr 3.2 3.2 2.4 3.1 2.9 2.5 1.4 2.3 3.1 3.3 1.6 2.2 2.3 3.5 3.5 2.6 3.9 -0.7 2.3 3.2 2.3 1.1 2.0 -0.2 1.1 2.2 2.5
May 3.0 3.2 2.3 3.2 2.9 2.2 1.7 2.1 3.2 3.6 1.2 2.1 3.1 2.8 4.2 2.7 4.2 -1.2 2.0 3.6 1.7 1.4 2.1 0.0 1.0 1.9 2.8
Jun 3.1 3.0 2.5 3.0 2.8 2.3 1.7 2.0 3.7 3.2 1.1 2.1 3.3 2.5 4.3 2.7 5.0 -1.4 1.1 3.6 1.7 1.8 2.1 0.1 1.0 1.6 2.9
Jul 3.2 2.8 2.8 2.8 3.0 2.2 1.7 2.1 3.7 2.7 1.5 2.1 3.0 3.2 4.1 2.4 5.6 -2.1 1.2 3.6 1.4 2.0 2.0 0.2 0.8 1.7 2.9
Aug 3.1 2.8 2.9 2.6 2.9 2.2 1.6 2.3 3.4 2.7 1.8 2.2 2.7 3.6 3.8 2.0 5.4 -1.5 1.2 3.8 1.7 1.5 1.7 0.2 1.1 1.9 2.7
Sep 3.0 2.7 3.0 2.5 3.0 2.2 1.5 2.6 3.5 2.6 1.5 2.3 2.5 4.7 2.1 2.8 4.9 -1.3 1.1 3.9 2.0 1.2 1.7 0.0 1.5 2.2 2.3
Oct 3.2 2.8 2.6 2.8 3.0 2.1 1.5 2.6 3.4 2.1 2.0 2.0 3.2 4.3 1.3 3.5 3.7 -0.2 1.2 3.5 2.2 1.0 1.7 0.2 1.6 2.0 2.5
Nov 3.0 2.7 2.7 2.6 3.3 1.8 1.5 2.6 3.4 1.9 2.2 1.8 3.5 3.5 2.0 4.3 1.0 1.8 1.2 3.4 1.8 1.2 1.3 0.5 1.7 2.2 2.2
Dec 2.9 2.7 2.7 2.5 3.3 1.7 1.6 2.7 3.4 1.6 2.4 1.9 3.3 3.4 2.5 4.1 0.1 2.7 1.5 3.0 1.7 1.5 0.8 0.7 2.1 2.1
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1915 - 2018 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
1990 - 2018 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average
Annual
Change
2018 247.867 248.991 249.554 250.546 251.588 251.989 252.006 252.146 252.439 252.885 252.038   251.095 +2.4%
%Change +2.1% +2.2% +2.4% +2.5% +2.8% +2.9% +2.9% +2.7% +2.3% +2.5% +2.2%      
2017 242.839 242.603 243.801 244.524 244.733 244.955 244.786 245.519 246.819 246.663 246.669 246.524 245.120 +2.1%
2016 236.92 237.11 238.132 239.261 240.229 241.018 240.628 240.849 241.428 241.729 241.353 241.432 240.007 +1.3%
2015 233.70 234.72 236.12 236.59 237.81 238.64 238.65 238.32 237.95 237.84 237.34 236.53 237.017 +0.1%
2014 233.9 234.8 236.3 237.1 237.9 238.3 238.25 237.85 238.03 237.43 236.15 234.81 236.74 +1.6%
2013 230.3 232.2 232.8 232.5 232.9 233.5 233.6 233.9 234.1 233.5 233.1 233.0 232.9 +1.5%
2012 226.7 227.7 229.4 230.1 229.8 229.5 229.1 230.4 231.4 231.3 230.2 229.6 229.6 +2.1%
2011 220.2 221.3 223.5 224.9 226.0 225.7 225.9 226.5 226.9 226.4 226.2 225.7 224.9 +3.2%
2010 216.7 216.7 217.6 218.0 218.2 218.0 218.0 218.3 218.4 218.7 218.8 219.2 218.0 +1.6%
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average
Annual
Change
2009 211.1 212.2 212.7 213.2 213.9 215.7 215.4 215.8 216.0 216.2 216.3 215.9 214.5 -0.4%
2008 211.1 211.7 213.5 214.8 216.6 218.8 220.0 219.1 218.8 216.6 212.4 210.2 215.3 +3.9%
2007 202.4 203.5 205.4 206.7 207.9 208.4 208.3 207.9 208.5 208.9 210.2 210.0 207.3 +2.8%
2006 198.3 198.7 199.8 201.5 202.5 202.9 203.5 203.9 202.9 201.8 201.5 201.8 201.6 +3.2%
2005 190.7 191.8 193.3 194.6 194.4 194.5 195.4 196.4 198.8 199.2 197.6 196.8 195.3 +3.4%
2004 185.2 186.2 187.4 188.0 189.1 189.7 189.4 189.5 189.9 190.9 191.0 190.3 188.9 +2.7%
2003 181.7 183.1 184.2 183.8 183.5 183.7 183.9 184.6 185.2 185.0 184.5 184.3 184.0 +2.3%
2002 177.1 177.8 178.8 179.8 179.8 179.9 180.1 180.7 181.0 181.3 181.3 180.9 179.9 +1.6%
2001 175.1 175.8 176.2 176.9 177.7 178.0 177.5 177.5 178.3 177.7 177.4 176.7 177.1 +2.8%
2000 168.8 169.8 171.2 171.3 171.5 172.4 172.8 172.8 173.7 174.0 174.1 174.0 172.2 +3.4%
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average
Annual
Change
1999 164.3 164.5 165.0 166.2 166.2 166.2 166.7 167.1 167.9 168.2 168.3 168.3 166.6 +2.2%
1998 161.6 161.9 162.2 162.5 162.8 163.0 163.2 163.4 163.6 164.0 164.0 163.9 163.0 +1.6%
1997 159.1 159.6 160.0 160.2 160.1 160.3 160.5 160.8 161.2 161.6 161.5 161.3 160.5 +2.3%
1996 154.4 154.9 155.7 156.3 156.6 156.7 157.0 157.3 157.8 158.3 158.6 158.6 156.9 +3.0%
1995 150.3 150.9 151.4 151.9 152.2 152.5 152.5 152.9 153.2 153.7 153.6 153.5 152.4 +2.8%
1994 146.2 146.7 147.2 147.4 147.5 148.0 148.4 149.0 149.4 149.5 149.7 149.7 148.2 +2.6%
1993 142.6 143.1 143.6 144.0 144.2 144.4 144.4 144.8 145.1 145.7 145.8 145.8 144.5 +3.0%
1992 138.1 138.6 139.3 139.5 139.7 140.2 140.5 140.9 141.3 141.8 142.0 141.9 140.3 +3.0%
1991 134.6 134.8 135.0 135.2 135.6 136.0 136.2 136.6 137.2 137.4 137.8 137.9 136.2 +4.2%
1990 127.4 128.0 128.7 128.9 129.2 129.9 130.4 131.6 132.7 133.5 133.8 133.8 130.7 +5.4%
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