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All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city average, by expenditure category and commodity and service
All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Seasonally adjusted U.S. city average, by expenditure category and
Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): U.S. city average, by expenditure category and
Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): U.S. city average, by expenditure category and
All Urban Consumers: Selected areas, all items index
Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers: Selected areas, all items index

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX:

USDL-96-95
TRANSMISSION OF MATERIAL IN
THIS RELEASE IS EMBARGOED
UNTIL 8:30 A.M. (EST)
Friday, March 15, 1996
FEBRUARY 1996

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased
0.3 percent before seasonal adjustment in February to a level of 154.9
(1982-84=100), the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of
Labor reported today. For the 12-month period ended in February, the
CPI-U increased 2.7 percent.
The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical
Workers (CPI-W) also rose 0.3 percent in February, prior to seasonal
adjustment. The February 1996 CPI-W level of 152.2 was 2.6 percent
higher than the index in February 1995.
CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI-U rose 0.2 percent in
February, following an increase of 0.4 percent in January. The energy
index continued to advance--up 0.4 percent in February--but by
substantially less than in December and January. The index for
petroleum-based energy, which rose 4.2 percent in January, fell 0.2
percent in February. The index for energy services increased 0.8
percent, following a 0.2 percent decline in January. The food index
increased 0.1 percent, the same as in each of the 2 preceding months.
Excluding food and energy, the CPI-U rose 0.2 percent after rising 0.3
percent in January. Within this index, a downturn in the index for
apparel and upkeep, coupled with a smaller increase in shelter costs,

helped to offset a sharp upturn in the index for airline fares.
Table A.

Percent changes in CPI for Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
Seasonally adjusted
UnCompound adjusted
Expenditure
Changes from preceding month
annual rate 12-mos.
Category
1995
1996
3-mos. ended ended
Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb.
Feb. '96 Feb. '96

All Items
.2
Food and beverages .2
Housing
.3
Apparel and upkeep .2
Transportation
-.4
Medical care
.4
Entertainment
.4
Other goods
and services
.5
Special Indexes:
Energy
-.4
Food
.2
All items less
food and energy
.2

.1
.3
.1
-.2
-.1
.4
.3

.3
.3
.3
.3
.1
.2
.3

.1
.0
.2
.0
-.4
.3
.4

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

.4
.1
.3
.7
.7
.4
.3

.2
.1
.2
-.9
.5
.2
.8

3.2
1.6
3.2
-.6
5.3
3.6
5.8

2.7
2.4
2.9
.1
2.1
3.8
3.8

.4

.4

.4

.2

.2

.4

3.6

4.2

-1.3
.3

.3
.3

-.9
.0

1.1 1.9
.1 .1

.4
.1

14.3
1.3

1.2
2.3

.2

.3

.1

.2

2.7

2.9

.1

.3

The food and beverage index rose 0.1 percent in February. The
index for grocery store foods was unchanged for the second consecutive
month in February. (Prior to seasonal adjustment, grocery store food
prices fell 0.3 percent in February after advancing 1.1 percent in
January.) In February, a 1.0 percent increase in the index for dairy
products was offset by small declines in the indexes for cereal and
bakery products, for fruits and vegetables, and for other food at home.
The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs was unchanged in February.
Within the latter group, the index for egg prices fell 1.1 percent after
increasing 13.3 percent during the 4 preceding months and, coupled with
price declines for beef and for fish and seafood, offset increases in
pork and poultry prices. The other two components of the food and
beverage index--restaurant meals and alcoholic beverages--increased 0.3
and 0.5 percent, respectively, in February.
The housing component rose 0.2 percent in February, following
increases of 0.3 percent in both December and January. Shelter costs,
which rose 0.4 percent in January, increased 0.2 percent in February.
Within shelter, renters' costs and homeowners' costs each rose 0.2

percent, and maintenance and repair costs increased 0.5 percent. The
index for fuel and utilities rose 0.6 percent in February, following a
0.5 percent increase in January. The index for household fuels rose 0.7
percent, largely as a result of a 2.1 percent increase in the index for
natural gas. The index for electricity increased 0.2 percent, while the
index for fuel oil, which rose 8.8 percent in January, fell 0.5 percent
in February. The index for other utilities and public services rose 0.3
percent, primarily as a result of a 1.3 percent increase in the index
for cable television. The index for household furnishings and operation
fell 0.2 percent in February, reflecting price declines for furniture
and bedding products.
The transportation index, which advanced 0.7 percent in January,
increased 0.5 percent in February. Substantial deceleration in the
index for motor fuels was partially offset by the sharp upturn in the
index for airline fares. The index for gasoline, which rose 3.7 percent
in January, fell 0.3 percent in February. The index for airline fares
rose 5.9 percent in February, following declines of 5.5 and 0.9 percent
in December and January, respectively. Automobile purchase costs
continued its pattern of very little movement evident since the
introduction of the 1996 models. The index for new car prices increased
0.3 percent in February, while the index for automobile finance charges
fell for the fifth consecutive month--down 1.9 percent in February. (As
of February, the proportion of 1996 models was about 80 percent of the
new car sample.) The used car index rose 0.7 percent in February.
The index for apparel and upkeep declined 0.9 percent in February,
following an increase of 0.7 percent in January. (Prior to seasonal
adjustment, clothing prices rose 0.9 percent, reflecting the
introduction of higher-priced spring-summer wear.)
Medical care costs rose 0.2 percent in February to a level 3.8
percent above a year ago. The index for medical care commodities-prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and medical supplies-increased 0.2 percent in February. The index for medical care services
also rose 0.2 percent. Charges for professional services and hospital
and related services each increased 0.2 percent in February.
Entertainment costs rose 0.8 percent in February. Increases in the
indexes for toys, hobbies, and music equipment and for admissions to
movies, theaters, concerts, and sporting events--up 2.3 and 1.4 percent,
respectively--accounted for over half of the February advance in this
major group.
The index for other goods and services advanced 0.4 percent in

February, following an increase of 0.2 percent in January. In February,
the index for tobacco and smoking products turned up, increasing 0.4
percent after declining 0.3 percent in both December and January. The
index for personal financial services rose 0.9 percent in February after
advancing 1.6 percent in January.
CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W)
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and
Clerical Workers also rose 0.2 percent in February.
Table B. Percent changes in CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical
Workers (CPI-W)
Seasonally adjusted
UnCompound adjusted
Expenditure
Changes from preceding month
annual rate 12-mos.
Category
1995
1996
3-mos. ended ended
Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb.
Feb. '96 Feb. '96
All Items
.2
.1
.3
.1
.2
.4
.2
3.2
2.6
Food and beverages .2
.4
.3
.1
.1
.1
.1
1.6
2.3
Housing
.3
.1
.3
.1
.3
.3
.1
3.0
2.8
Apparel and upkeep .0
.0
.3 -.2
.2
.7 -.7
.6
.2
Transportation
-.3
-.1
.1 -.3
.4
.9
.3
6.2
2.1
Medical care
.4
.4
.2
.3
.4
.4
.2
3.6
3.8
Entertainment
.4
.3
.1
.4
.3
.4
.8
6.1
3.7
Other goods
and services
.5
.5
.4
.4
.1
.2
.4
2.9
4.0
Special Indexes:
Energy
-.4 -1.2
.2 -.8 1.0 2.1
.2
13.9
1.1
Food
.2
.4
.3
.0
.2
.1
.1
1.6
2.3
All items less
food and energy
.2
.3
.3
.2
.2
.3
.2
2.8
2.8

Consumer Price Index data for March are scheduled for release on
Friday, April 12, 1996, at 8:30 A.M. (EDT).

With the release of the Consumer Price Index data for February, the

Bureau of Labor Statistics has returned to the original schedule of 1996
release dates for the index that it had announced at the end of 1995.
The scheduled collection of consumer price data for February was altered
only slightly, with pricing beginning on February 2 rather than
February 1. Collection of prices for March and for future months is not
expected to deviate from the scheduled collection pattern.
.
The alteration in the collection schedule for January, as noted last
month, increased the length of time between the December and January
pricing periods by about one-third. This alteration, as we also noted
last month, has the effect of reducing the interval between January and
February by a corresponding amount, with the result that the interval
between December and February pricing periods will be in line with the
historical pattern. The Bureau of Labor Statistics assessed the impact
of these changes on the January and February indexes, and found no
conclusive evidence that the revised pricing schedule had affected
either the January or February CPI changes.

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)
Relative
Unadjusted indexes
importance,
December
Jan.
Feb.
1995
1996
1996

Unadjusted
percent change to
Feb. 1996 fromFeb. 1995 Jan. 1996

Seasonally adjusted
percent change fromNov. to
Dec. to
Jan. to
Dec.
Jan.
Feb.

Expenditure category
All items ..................................
All items (1967=100) .......................

100.000
-

154.4
462.5

154.9
464.2

2.7
-

0.3
-

0.2
-

0.4
-

0.2
-

Food and beverages .......................
Food ...................................
Food at home .........................
Cereals and bakery products ........
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs .....
Dairy products .....................
Fruits and vegetables ..............
Other food at home .................

17.332
15.766
9.880
1.473
2.936
1.169
1.936
2.365

151.4
151.0
151.9
171.5
142.8
136.3
181.5
141.8

151.3
150.8
151.4
172.1
142.4
137.2
177.7
141.9

2.4
2.3
2.4
3.8
3.5
3.9
.3
.9

-.1
-.1
-.3
.3
-.3
.7
-2.1
.1

.1
.1
.1
.2
.4
.7
-.7
.2

.1
.1
.0
.9
.1
.2
-1.0
.1

.1
.1
.0
-.1
.0
1.0
-.1
-.2

Sugar and sweets .................
Fats and oils ....................
Nonalcoholic beverages ...........
Other prepared food ..............
Food away from home ..................
Alcoholic beverages ....................

.327
.248
.763
1.027
5.886
1.566

141.4
139.7
130.0
153.1
150.6
155.6

141.6
139.7
129.9
153.4
150.9
156.7

4.3
2.1
-2.8
2.5
2.2
2.8

.1
.0
-.1
.2
.2
.7

.3
.1
-.2
.5
.1
.0

1.4
.3
-.8
.3
.1
.4

.1
-.2
-.7
.0
.3
.5

Housing ..................................
Shelter ................................
Renters' costs 1/ ....................
Rent, residential ..................
Other renters' costs ...............
Homeowners' costs 1/ .................
Owners' equivalent rent 1/ .........
Household insurance 1/ .............
Maintenance and repairs 2/ ...........
Maintenance and repair services 2/ .
Maintenance and repair
commodities 2/ .................
Fuel and other utilities ...............
Fuels ................................
Fuel oil and other household fuel
commodities ....................
Gas (piped) and electricity (energy
services).......................
Other utilities and public
services 2/ ......................
Household furnishings and operation ....
Housefurnishings .....................
Housekeeping supplies ................
Housekeeping services ................

41.346
28.289
7.988
5.762
2.227
20.102
19.716
.386
.199
.122

150.6
168.6
176.6
160.0
206.5
174.3
174.7
158.0
136.3
142.1

151.2
169.4
178.8
160.4
214.1
174.6
175.0
158.6
137.0
143.0

2.9
3.4
3.4
2.6
5.5
3.4
3.5
1.6
2.4
3.7

.4
.5
1.2
.3
3.7
.2
.2
.4
.5
.6

.3
.2
.1
.3
-.1
.3
.3
.5
.3
.2

.3
.4
.7
.3
1.6
.2
.3
-.3
-.2
.0

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

.077
7.014
3.792

128.6
124.7
112.2

128.8
125.0
112.5

.5
2.0
1.9

.2
.2
.3

.3
.2
.1

-.4
.5
.6

.2
.6
.7

.356

97.6

97.7

9.0

.1

1.1

7.5

.2

3.436

118.7

119.1

1.3

.3

.0

-.2

.8

3.222
6.043
3.445
1.116
1.482

154.4
124.1
111.4
140.4
145.7

154.9
124.3
111.4
140.4
146.3

2.0
1.6
.3
4.3
2.5

.3
.2
.0
.0
.4

.2
.3
.5
.2
.3

.3
.2
.3
.4
.0

.3
-.2
-.4
-.2
.2

Apparel and upkeep .......................
Apparel commodities ....................
Men's and boys' apparel ..............
Women's and girls' apparel............
Infants' and toddlers' apparel 2/ ....
Footwear .............................
Other apparel commodities ............
Apparel services 2/ ....................

5.516
4.967
1.303
2.195
.195
.732
.542
.550

130.0
126.5
124.7
123.4
131.5
123.4
151.7
158.2

131.2
127.8
126.4
124.6
134.4
125.8
149.7
158.5

.1
.1
.6
-1.0
6.0
.8
-.5
.8

.9
1.0
1.4
1.0
2.2
1.9
-1.3
.2

.1
.1
-.1
.0
-.8
-.4
1.4
.3

.7
.7
1.1
1.3
2.2
-.6
-.6
.3

-.9
-1.0
.2
-2.5
2.2
1.4
-2.1
.2

Transportation ...........................
Private transportation .................
New vehicles .........................
New cars ...........................

16.953
15.430
5.027
4.015

139.9
137.4
143.2
141.1

140.4
137.5
143.5
141.3

2.1
1.9
2.0
1.6

.4
.1
.2
.1

.1
.5
.1
.0

.7
.8
.1
.1

.5
.2
.3
.3

Used cars ............................
Motor fuel ...........................
Gasoline ...........................
Maintenance and repairs ..............
Other private transportation .........
Other private transportation
commodities ....................
Other private transportation
services .......................
Public transportation ..................

1.342
2.908
1.535
4.618

157.9
98.6
98.2
156.2
172.7

157.5
98.2
97.8
156.6
173.2

2.7
.2
.1
2.7
2.2

-.3
-.4
-.4
.3
.3

.6
2.2
2.2
.1
-.2

.8
3.8
3.7
.4
-.1

.7
-.2
-.3
.1
.4

.608

105.4

105.4

.8

.0

.0

.0

.1

4.010
1.523

188.5
171.6

189.2
177.4

2.5
4.4

.4
3.4

-.2
-4.1

-.1
-.5

.5
3.3

Medical care .............................
Medical care commodities ...............
Medical care services ..................
Professional medical services ........

7.362
1.282
6.081
3.465

225.2
207.7
229.3
205.0

226.2
208.5
230.3
206.1

3.8
2.5
4.1
3.8

.4
.4
.4
.5

.4
.2
.4
.4

.4
.5
.4
.3

.2
.2
.2
.2

Entertainment ............................
Entertainment commodities ..............
Entertainment services .................

4.367
1.975
2.392

157.0
141.4
175.5

158.3
142.5
177.0

3.8
3.7
4.0

.8
.8
.9

.4
.4
.4

.3
.3
.2

.8
.8
.7

Other goods and services .................
Tobacco and smoking products ...........
Personal care 2/ .......................
Toilet goods and personal care
appliances 2/ ....................
Personal care services 2/ ............
Personal and educational expenses ......
School books and supplies ............
Personal and educational services ....

7.123
1.610
1.170

212.0
229.3
149.1

212.6
229.8
149.3

4.2
3.2
2.1

.3
.2
.1

.2
-.3
.0

.2
-.3
.1

.4
.4
.1

.613
.557
4.342
.258
4.084

143.7
155.0
243.0
223.8
244.7

144.1
155.2
243.7
224.7
245.4

1.1
3.4
5.0
5.7
5.1

.3
.1
.3
.4
.3

-.5
.5
.5
.4
.5

-.3
.5
.5
1.0
.4

.3
.1
.5
.4
.5

100.000
42.916
17.332
25.584
15.075
4.967

154.4
137.8
151.4
129.5
129.8
126.5

154.9
138.0
151.3
129.9
130.3
127.8

2.7
1.9
2.4
1.6
1.7
.1

.3
.1
-.1
.3
.4
1.0

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

.4
.5
.1
.8
1.4
.7

.2
.0
.1
-.1
-.1
-1.0

10.108
10.509
57.084
27.671

134.5
129.3
171.3
175.5

134.6
129.4
172.2
176.3

2.5
1.4
3.3
3.5

.1
.1
.5
.5

.8
.2
.1
.2

1.7
.2
.3
.3

.4
.2
.4
.2

8.681

139.0

139.5

1.8

.4

.2

-.1

.4

Commodity and service group
All items ..................................
Commodities ..............................
Food and beverages .....................
Commodities less food and beverages ....
Nondurables less food and beverages ..
Apparel commodities ................
Nondurables less food, beverages,
and apparel ....................
Durables .............................
Services .................................
Rent of shelter 1/ .....................
Household services less rent of
shelter 1/ .........................

Transportation services ................
Medical care services ..................
Other services .........................

7.068
6.081
7.583

176.8
229.3
198.1

178.5
230.3
199.0

2.9
4.1
4.2

1.0
.4
.5

-1.0
.4
.5

-.1
.4
.4

1.0
.2
.6

84.234
71.711
79.898
92.638
27.150
16.641
11.674
32.407
29.414
51.004
6.700
93.300
77.534

155.0
150.3
155.3
150.4
130.6
131.3
135.6
140.7
179.2
165.9
105.0
161.0
163.4

155.7
150.8
155.9
150.9
131.0
131.8
135.9
141.0
180.2
166.8
104.9
161.6
164.2

2.8
2.4
2.5
2.6
1.7
1.8
2.6
2.1
3.1
3.2
1.2
2.8
2.9

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

.2
.1
.1
.2
.3
.6
.7
.2
.0
.1
1.1
.1
.1

.5
.4
.5
.4
.8
1.2
1.3
.8
.2
.2
1.9
.3
.3

.3
.2
.2
.2
-.1
-.1
.1
.1
.6
.4
.4
.2
.2

23.885
3.264
53.648

140.3
98.7
176.6

140.8
98.3
177.6

1.7
1.1
3.4

.4
-.4
.6

.1
2.0
.1

.4
4.2
.3

-.1
-.2
.3

-

$.648
.216

$.645
.215

-2.7
-

-.5
-

-

.0

-.5
-

-.5
-

Special indexes
All items less food ........................
All items less shelter .....................
All items less homeowners' costs 1/ ........
All items less medical care ................
Commodities less food ......................
Nondurables less food ......................
Nondurables less food and apparel ..........
Nondurables ................................
Services less rent of shelter 1/ ...........
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 2/ .........................
1967=$1.00 2/ ............................

1/
2/
NOTE:

Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
Not seasonally adjusted.
Data not available.
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
Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

May

Seasonally adjusted annual rate
percent change for
3 months ended6 months endedAug.
Nov.
Feb.
Aug.
Feb.

1995

1995

1996

1996

1995

1995

1995

1996

1995

1996

Expenditure category
All items ....................................

-

-

-

-

3.5

2.1

2.1

3.2

2.8

2.6

Food and beverages .........................
Food .....................................
Food at home ...........................
Cereals and bakery products ..........
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs .......
Dairy products .......................
Fruits and vegetables ................
Other food at home ...................
Sugar and sweets ...................
Fats and oils ......................
Nonalcoholic beverages .............
Other prepared food ................
Food away from home ....................
Alcoholic beverages ......................

150.3
150.0
150.3
169.9
141.5
134.1
178.0
141.1
139.1
138.8
130.7
152.0
150.2
155.3

150.5
150.2
150.5
170.2
142.0
135.1
176.8
141.4
139.5
138.9
130.5
152.7
150.4
155.3

150.7
150.3
150.5
171.8
142.1
135.4
175.1
141.5
141.4
139.3
129.5
153.1
150.6
155.9

150.9
150.5
150.5
171.7
142.1
136.8
174.9
141.2
141.5
139.0
128.6
153.1
151.1
156.7

3.3
3.3
3.9
2.9
.9
4.0
12.0
1.7
3.9
2.1
-2.4
4.1
2.5
2.9

1.9
1.9
1.6
3.4
3.8
-.3
-2.0
2.0
4.2
2.4
.9
2.4
2.2
2.4

2.7
2.7
3.3
4.4
7.7
3.7
-.4
-.3
2.3
3.5
-3.6
.5
2.2
2.1

1.6
1.3
.5
4.3
1.7
8.3
-6.8
.3
7.1
.6
-6.3
2.9
2.4
3.7

2.6
2.6
2.7
3.2
2.3
1.8
4.8
1.9
4.0
2.2
-.8
3.2
2.3
2.6

2.2
2.0
1.9
4.3
4.7
6.0
-3.7
.0
4.7
2.0
-4.9
1.7
2.3
2.9

Housing ....................................
Shelter ..................................
Renters' costs 1/ ......................
Rent, residential ....................
Other renters' costs .................
Homeowners' costs 1/ ...................
Owners' equivalent rent 1/ ...........
Household insurance 1/ ...............
Maintenance and repairs 2/ .............
Maintenance and repair services 2/ ...
Maintenance and repair commodities 2/
Fuel and other utilities .................
Fuels ..................................
Fuel oil and other household fuel
commodities ......................
Gas (piped) and electricity (energy
services).........................
Other utilities and public services 2/ .
Household furnishings and operation ......
Housefurnishings .......................
Housekeeping supplies ..................
Housekeeping services ..................

149.9
167.5
175.3
159.2
207.2
173.4
173.7
157.7
136.2
141.8
128.7
124.2
111.2

150.3
167.9
175.5
159.6
206.9
173.9
174.2
158.5
136.6
142.1
129.1
124.4
111.3

150.8
168.6
176.7
160.0
210.3
174.3
174.7
158.1
136.3
142.1
128.6
125.0
112.0

151.1
168.9
177.1
160.4
210.7
174.6
175.0
158.8
137.0
143.0
128.8
125.7
112.8

2.8
4.0
4.3
2.3
9.5
3.8
3.8
3.6
2.4
4.4
-.3
-.6
-2.2

3.0
2.9
2.1
2.3
1.6
3.3
3.3
1.0
2.4
2.6
2.2
4.0
5.6

2.7
3.7
3.0
2.6
4.2
4.0
4.0
-1.0
2.4
4.3
-.3
.0
-1.1

3.2
3.4
4.2
3.0
6.9
2.8
3.0
2.8
2.4
3.4
.3
4.9
5.9

2.9
3.5
3.2
2.3
5.5
3.6
3.6
2.3
2.4
3.5
.9
1.6
1.6

3.0
3.5
3.6
2.8
5.5
3.4
3.5
.9
2.4
3.9
.0
2.4
2.3

87.8

88.8

95.5

95.7

1.8

2.3

-3.6

41.1

2.1

16.7

119.1
153.6
123.7
111.1
139.7
145.3

119.1
153.9
124.1
111.6
140.0
145.7

118.9
154.4
124.4
111.9
140.5
145.7

119.9
154.9
124.1
111.4
140.2
146.0

-2.7
1.3
1.0
-1.1
5.2
2.0

5.9
2.1
2.6
2.2
5.7
2.0

-.7
1.3
1.3
-1.1
4.7
3.9

2.7
3.4
1.3
1.1
1.4
1.9

1.5
1.7
1.8
.5
5.4
2.0

1.0
2.4
1.3
.0
3.1
2.9

Apparel and upkeep .........................

132.1

132.2

133.1

131.9

.3

.3

.3

-.6

.3

-.2

Apparel commodities ......................
Men's and boys' apparel ................
Women's and girls' apparel .............
Infants' and toddlers' apparel 2/ ......
Footwear ...............................
Other apparel commodities ..............
Apparel services 2/.......................

128.7
126.0
126.9
129.7
125.9
151.8
157.2

128.8
125.9
126.9
128.7
125.4
154.0
157.7

129.7
127.3
128.5
131.5
124.6
153.0
158.2

128.4
127.6
125.3
134.4
126.4
149.8
158.5

.0
.0
1.9
-9.7
-1.3
-2.1
1.0

.3
-2.5
-2.2
15.0
1.3
12.6
-1.0

.3
.3
1.0
5.4
1.6
-6.3
-.3

-.9
5.2
-4.9
15.3
1.6
-5.2
3.3

.2
-1.3
-.2
1.9
.0
5.0
.0

-.3
2.7
-2.0
10.3
1.6
-5.7
1.5

Transportation .............................
Private transportation ...................
New vehicles ...........................
New cars .............................
Used cars ..............................
Motor fuel .............................
Gasoline .............................
Maintenance and repairs ................
Other private transportation ...........
Other private transportation
commodities ......................
Other private transportation
services .........................
Public transportation ....................

138.9
136.0
141.9
139.8
156.4
95.4
95.2
155.6
172.0

139.0
136.7
142.0
139.8
157.4
97.5
97.3
155.8
171.7

140.0
137.8
142.1
140.0
158.7
101.2
100.9
156.5
171.6

140.7
138.1
142.5
140.4
159.8
101.0
100.6
156.6
172.3

7.2
5.4
3.2
2.3
5.8
11.2
12.5
3.2
4.6

-2.0
-2.3
1.4
.9
-4.2
-15.3
-16.6
2.4
1.9

-1.7
-1.7
1.7
1.7
1.0
-14.8
-14.1
2.6
2.1

5.3
6.3
1.7
1.7
9.0
25.6
24.7
2.6
.7

2.5
1.5
2.3
1.6
.6
-3.0
-3.2
2.8
3.2

1.7
2.2
1.7
1.7
4.9
3.5
3.5
2.6
1.4

105.0

105.0

105.0

105.1

1.5

1.9

-.8

.4

1.7

-.2

187.9
177.8

187.6
170.5

187.4
169.6

188.3
175.2

5.1
24.6

2.0
4.1

2.4
-2.9

.9
-5.7

3.5
13.9

1.6
-4.3

Medical care ...............................
Medical care commodities .................
Medical care services ....................
Professional medical services ..........

223.8
206.3
227.6
203.8

224.6
206.7
228.5
204.6

225.4
207.7
229.3
205.2

225.8
208.1
229.7
205.6

3.9
.8
4.4
3.5

4.1
2.0
4.6
4.1

3.7
3.4
3.8
3.8

3.6
3.5
3.7
3.6

4.0
1.4
4.5
3.8

3.6
3.5
3.8
3.7

Entertainment ..............................
Entertainment commodities ................
Entertainment services ...................

155.9
140.4
174.2

156.5
140.9
174.9

156.9
141.3
175.3

158.1
142.5
176.6

3.5
1.8
4.8

2.6
3.2
1.9

3.7
3.8
3.8

5.8
6.1
5.6

3.0
2.5
3.3

4.7
4.9
4.7

Other goods and services ...................
Tobacco and smoking products .............
Personal care 2/ .........................
Toilet goods and personal care
appliances 2/ ......................
Personal care services 2/ ..............
Personal and educational expenses ........
School books and supplies ..............
Personal and educational services ......

211.2
229.7
148.9

211.7
229.0
148.9

212.2
228.4
149.1

213.1
229.4
149.3

3.4
3.5
1.1

5.1
5.1
1.9

4.7
4.8
4.4

3.6
-.5
1.1

4.2
4.3
1.5

4.2
2.1
2.7

144.8
153.5
240.2
219.0
241.7

144.1
154.3
241.4
219.8
242.9

143.7
155.0
242.5
222.1
243.9

144.1
155.2
243.7
222.9
245.1

.8
1.3
4.0
3.8
4.0

.8
3.0
6.1
2.8
6.3

4.5
4.8
4.4
8.9
4.2

-1.9
4.5
6.0
7.3
5.7

.8
2.1
5.1
3.3
5.1

1.3
4.7
5.2
8.1
5.0

3.5

2.1

2.1

3.2

2.8

2.6

Commodity and service group
All items ....................................

-

-

-

-

Commodities ................................
Food and beverages .......................
Commodities less food and beverages ......
Nondurables less food and beverages ....
Apparel commodities ..................
Nondurables less food, beverages,
and apparel ......................
Durables ...............................
Services ...................................
Rent of shelter 1/ .......................
Household services less rent
of shelter 1/ ........................
Transportation services ..................
Medical care services ....................
Other services ...........................

137.0
150.3
128.9
129.2
128.7

137.4
150.5
129.4
129.8
128.8

138.1
150.7
130.4
131.6
129.7

138.1
150.9
130.3
131.5
128.4

3.0
3.3
2.8
2.2
.0

.3
1.9
-.6
-1.2
.3

.9
2.7
-.3
-.9
.3

3.3
1.6
4.4
7.3
-.9

1.6
2.6
1.1
.5
.2

2.1
2.2
2.0
3.1
-.3

132.0
128.5
170.7
174.6

133.1
128.7
170.9
175.0

135.3
129.0
171.4
175.6

135.8
129.2
172.1
176.0

3.7
1.9
3.9
4.1

-2.4
.3
3.4
3.1

-2.7
1.3
2.9
3.5

12.0
2.2
3.3
3.2

.6
1.1
3.6
3.6

4.4
1.7
3.1
3.4

139.2
177.6
227.6
196.7

139.5
175.9
228.5
197.6

139.4
175.7
229.3
198.3

140.0
177.5
229.7
199.4

.3
8.9
4.4
4.0

3.2
2.5
4.6
4.0

1.2
1.1
3.8
3.7

2.3
-.2
3.7
5.6

1.8
5.6
4.5
4.0

1.7
.5
3.8
4.7

154.3
149.7
154.7
149.6
130.1
130.6
133.9
139.9
178.8
165.3
103.0
160.5
163.1

154.6
149.9
154.9
149.9
130.5
131.4
134.8
140.2
178.8
165.5
104.1
160.7
163.3

155.3
150.5
155.6
150.5
131.6
133.0
136.6
141.3
179.2
165.9
106.1
161.2
163.8

155.7
150.8
155.9
150.8
131.5
132.9
136.8
141.4
180.2
166.6
106.5
161.5
164.2

3.5
3.3
3.5
3.6
2.8
2.5
3.6
2.3
3.7
3.8
3.5
3.4
3.6

2.1
1.6
1.8
1.9
-.3
-1.2
-1.2
.9
3.4
3.0
-4.1
2.5
2.8

1.8
1.6
1.6
1.9
-.3
-.9
-.9
.9
2.5
2.7
-7.4
2.8
2.7

3.7
3.0
3.1
3.2
4.4
7.2
8.9
4.4
3.2
3.2
14.3
2.5
2.7

2.8
2.5
2.6
2.7
1.2
.6
1.2
1.6
3.6
3.4
-.4
2.9
3.2

2.8
2.3
2.3
2.6
2.0
3.1
3.9
2.6
2.8
2.9
2.9
2.7
2.7

140.2
94.7
176.0

140.4
96.6
176.2

140.9
100.7
176.7

140.8
100.5
177.3

1.7
10.4
4.3

1.7
-13.8
3.3

1.7
-13.5
3.2

1.7
26.8
3.0

1.7
-2.4
3.8

1.7
4.7
3.1

Special indexes
All items less food ..........................
All items less shelter .......................
All items less homeowners' costs 1/ ..........
All items less medical care ..................
Commodities less food ........................
Nondurables less food ........................
Nondurables less food and apparel ............
Nondurables ..................................
Services less rent of shelter 1/ .............
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 ............

1/
2/
NOTE:

Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
Not seasonally adjusted.
Data not available.
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)
Relative
Unadjusted indexes
importance,
December
Jan.
Feb.
1995
1996
1996

Unadjusted
percent change to
Feb. 1996 fromFeb. 1995 Jan. 1996

Seasonally adjusted
percent change fromNov. to
Dec. to
Jan. to
Dec.
Jan.
Feb.

Expenditure category
All items ..................................
All items (1967=100) .......................

100.000
-

151.7
451.9

152.2
453.2

2.6
-

0.3
-

0.2
-

0.4
-

0.2
-

Food and beverages .......................
Food ...................................
Food at home .........................
Cereals and bakery products ........
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs .....
Dairy products .....................
Fruits and vegetables ..............
Other food at home .................
Sugar and sweets .................
Fats and oils ....................
Nonalcoholic beverages ...........
Other prepared food ..............
Food away from home ..................
Alcoholic beverages ....................

19.262
17.581
11.206
1.682
3.453
1.300
2.052
2.719
.369
.285
.885
1.180
6.374
1.681

150.8
150.5
151.0
171.2
142.5
136.1
180.0
141.4
141.3
139.6
129.5
152.9
150.6
155.0

150.7
150.3
150.5
171.7
142.1
136.9
176.5
141.5
141.6
139.6
129.4
153.2
150.9
156.1

2.3
2.3
2.3
3.7
3.4
3.9
.4
.9
4.3
2.1
-2.6
2.5
2.3
2.7

-.1
-.1
-.3
.3
-.3
.6
-1.9
.1
.2
.0
-.1
.2
.2
.7

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

.1
.1
.0
1.0
.1
.4
-1.1
.0
1.3
.4
-.7
.2
.2
.4

.1
.1
.0
-.1
-.1
1.0
-.2
-.1
.1
-.2
-.8
.1
.3
.5

Housing ..................................
Shelter ................................
Renters' costs 1/ ....................
Rent, residential ..................
Other renters' costs ...............
Homeowners' costs 1/ .................
Owners' equivalent rent 1/ .........
Household insurance 1/ .............
Maintenance and repairs 2/ ...........
Maintenance and repair services 2/ .
Maintenance and repair
commodities 2/ .................
Fuel and other utilities ...............
Fuels ................................
Fuel oil and other household fuel

38.888
25.976
8.091
6.616
1.475
17.695
17.366
.329
.189
.105

147.5
163.9
154.4
159.7
205.5
159.0
159.3
145.0
135.5
144.6

148.0
164.6
156.0
160.1
214.0
159.3
159.5
145.6
135.7
145.0

2.8
3.3
3.1
2.6
5.5
3.4
3.4
1.5
1.9
3.0

.3
.4
1.0
.3
4.1
.2
.1
.4
.1
.3

.3
.3
.2
.3
-.3
.4
.4
.4
.1
.1

.3
.3
.5
.3
1.3
.2
.2
-.3
-.2
-.1

.1
.1
.3
.3
.8
.1
.1
.5
.1
.3

.085
7.247
3.887

123.6
124.2
111.4

123.8
124.6
111.8

.7
2.0
1.9

.2
.3
.4

.2
.1
.0

-.5
.4
.6

.2
.6
.7

commodities ....................
Gas (piped) and electricity (energy
services).......................
Other utilities and public
services 2/ ......................
Household furnishings and operation ....
Housefurnishings .....................
Housekeeping supplies ................
Housekeeping services ................

.327

97.4

97.6

9.1

.2

1.1

7.4

.3

3.560

118.0

118.4

1.3

.3

-.2

.0

.8

3.360
5.666
3.367
1.149
1.150

154.8
122.8
110.0
140.6
149.0

155.4
122.9
110.0
140.7
149.4

2.1
1.4
.1
4.4
2.3

.4
.1
.0
.1
.3

.2
.2
.3
.2
.3

.3
.2
.2
.5
-.1

.4
-.2
-.3
-.1
.1

Apparel and upkeep .......................
Apparel commodities ....................
Men's and boys' apparel ..............
Women's and girls' apparel............
Infants' and toddlers' apparel 2/ ....
Footwear .............................
Other apparel commodities ............
Apparel services 2/ ....................

5.533
5.017
1.310
2.148
.251
.812
.495
.516

129.1
125.8
124.8
122.3
132.3
123.9
149.1
157.6

130.2
127.0
126.3
123.3
135.3
126.3
146.9
157.9

.2
.2
.9
-.8
6.5
.8
-1.9
.7

.9
1.0
1.2
.8
2.3
1.9
-1.5
.2

.2
.1
.2
.2
-.8
-.4
.7
.3

.7
.8
1.0
1.5
1.9
-.9
-.7
.3

-.7
-.8
.2
-2.3
2.3
1.3
-1.8
.2

Transportation ...........................
Private transportation .................
New vehicles .........................
New cars ...........................
Used cars ............................
Motor fuel ...........................
Gasoline ...........................
Maintenance and repairs ..............
Other private transportation .........
Other private transportation
commodities ....................
Other private transportation
services .......................
Public transportation ..................

19.020
17.847
4.958
3.591
2.432
3.584
1.619
5.255

139.7
138.0
144.2
140.8
158.9
98.6
98.2
157.1
168.5

140.0
138.0
144.5
141.0
158.6
98.1
97.8
157.6
168.8

2.1
1.9
2.2
1.7
3.0
.3
.3
2.8
2.1

.2
.0
.2
.1
-.2
-.5
-.4
.3
.2

.4
.5
.1
.1
.6
2.2
2.2
.2
-.1

.9
.9
.2
.1
.9
3.7
4.0
.4
-.1

.3
.1
.2
.3
.8
-.5
-.5
.1
.2

.767

104.6

104.6

.8

.0

-.1

.0

.2

4.488
1.173

184.6
169.6

185.0
174.6

2.3
4.9

.2
2.9

-.1
-2.2

-.1
-.4

.2
2.4

Medical care .............................
Medical care commodities ...............
Medical care services ..................
Professional medical services ........

6.262
1.055
5.208
2.965

224.5
205.4
228.9
206.0

225.6
206.1
230.1
207.2

3.8
2.4
4.2
3.9

.5
.3
.5
.6

.4
.1
.4
.4

.4
.6
.3
.2

.2
.0
.2
.4

Entertainment ............................
Entertainment commodities ..............
Entertainment services .................

4.029
2.053
1.976

154.7
140.3
175.5

156.0
141.4
176.9

3.7
3.4
4.0

.8
.8
.8

.3
.2
.5

.4
.4
.4

.8
.9
.6

Other goods and services .................
Tobacco and smoking products ...........

7.006
2.135

209.0
229.3

209.6
229.8

4.0
3.1

.3
.2

.1
-.3

.2
-.3

.4
.4

Personal care 2/ .......................
Toilet goods and personal care
appliances 2/ ....................
Personal care services 2/ ............
Personal and educational expenses ......
School books and supplies ............
Personal and educational services ....

1.132

149.1

149.2

1.9

.1

-.1

.1

.1

.635
.497
3.739
.227
3.512

144.4
154.9
238.5
225.2
239.8

144.6
155.1
239.3
225.8
240.7

.8
3.3
5.2
5.8
5.2

.1
.1
.3
.3
.4

-.5
.5
.5
.4
.5

-.2
.5
.5
1.1
.4

.1
.1
.5
.3
.5

100.000
47.052
19.262
27.790
16.074
5.017

151.7
137.7
150.8
129.7
129.3
125.8

152.2
137.9
150.7
130.0
129.7
127.0

2.6
1.9
2.3
1.6
1.6
.2

.3
.1
-.1
.2
.3
1.0

.2
.3
.1
.5
.8
.1

.4
.6
.1
.9
1.4
.8

.2
.0
.1
.0
.0
-.8

11.057
11.716
52.948
25.430

133.9
129.1
168.6
157.7

134.0
129.3
169.4
158.4

2.4
1.7
3.2
3.3

.1
.2
.5
.4

.9
.2
.2
.3

1.7
.3
.2
.3

.4
.3
.3
.2

8.531
7.279
5.208
6.501

127.6
175.2
228.9
194.9

128.0
176.3
230.1
195.8

1.7
2.8
4.2
4.3

.3
.6
.5
.5

.2
-.3
.4
.5

-.1
-.1
.3
.4

.5
.5
.2
.5

82.419
74.024
82.305
93.738
29.471
17.756
12.739
35.336
27.518
47.740
7.470
92.530
74.949

151.8
148.5
142.4
148.3
130.7
130.8
135.1
140.4
159.8
163.5
104.3
158.3
160.3

152.4
148.9
142.8
148.7
131.0
131.3
135.3
140.5
160.5
164.2
104.2
158.8
161.0

2.6
2.3
2.4
2.6
1.7
1.8
2.5
2.0
3.0
3.1
1.1
2.7
2.8

.4
.3
.3
.3
.2
.4
.1
.1
.4
.4
-.1
.3
.4

.3
.2
.2
.2
.3
.7
.8
.3
.1
.2
1.0
.2
.2

.5
.4
.4
.4
.9
1.3
1.4
.8
.2
.2
2.1
.3
.3

.2
.2
.2
.2
.0
.0
.2
.1
.4
.3
.2
.2
.2

25.560
3.911

139.9
98.8

140.4
98.4

1.8
1.1

.4
-.4

.1
2.1

.4
4.0

.1
-.4

Commodity and service group
All items ..................................
Commodities ..............................
Food and beverages .....................
Commodities less food and beverages ....
Nondurables less food and beverages ..
Apparel commodities ................
Nondurables less food, beverages,
and apparel ....................
Durables .............................
Services .................................
Rent of shelter 1/ .....................
Household services less rent of
shelter 1/ .........................
Transportation services ................
Medical care services ..................
Other services .........................
Special indexes
All items less food ........................
All items less shelter .....................
All items less homeowners' costs 1/ ........
All items less medical care ................
Commodities less food ......................
Nondurables less food ......................
Nondurables less food and apparel ..........
Nondurables ................................
Services less rent of shelter 1/ ...........
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 2/ .........................
1967=$1.00 2/ ............................

1/
2/
NOTE:

49.388

174.2

175.0

3.4

.5

-

$.659
.221

$.657
.221

-2.5
-

-.3
-

.2

.2

.3

.0

-.6
-

-.3
-

-

Indexes on a December 1984=100 base.
Not seasonally adjusted.
Data not available.
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): U.S. city average, by expenditure category and
commodity and service group
(1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
Seasonally adjusted indexes
Nov.
1995

Dec.
1995

Jan.
1996

Feb.
1996

May
1995

Seasonally adjusted annual rate
percent change for
3 months ended6 months endedAug.
Nov.
Feb.
Aug.
Feb.
1995
1995
1996
1995
1996

Expenditure category
All items ....................................

-

-

-

-

3.6

1.6

2.1

3.2

2.6

2.7

Food and beverages .........................
Food .....................................
Food at home ...........................
Cereals and bakery products ..........
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs .......
Dairy products .......................
Fruits and vegetables ................
Other food at home ...................
Sugar and sweets ...................
Fats and oils ......................
Nonalcoholic beverages .............
Other prepared food ................
Food away from home ....................
Alcoholic beverages ......................

149.9
149.4
149.5
169.6
141.1
133.9
177.6
140.7
139.0
138.7
130.3
151.6
150.1
154.9

150.1
149.7
149.8
169.9
141.7
134.7
176.5
141.0
139.4
138.7
129.9
152.5
150.3
154.7

150.3
149.8
149.8
171.6
141.8
135.2
174.5
141.0
141.2
139.2
129.0
152.8
150.6
155.3

150.5
150.0
149.8
171.4
141.7
136.5
174.2
140.8
141.3
138.9
128.0
153.0
151.0
156.1

3.0
3.0
3.6
2.7
.6
4.3
11.8
1.7
3.9
1.8
-2.1
3.5
2.2
2.9

1.9
1.9
1.9
3.4
4.1
-.9
-1.1
2.0
4.2
2.7
.9
2.4
2.2
2.1

3.0
3.0
3.3
4.4
7.4
4.3
-.2
.0
2.0
3.5
-2.4
.3
2.4
2.6

1.6
1.6
.8
4.3
1.7
8.0
-7.4
.3
6.8
.6
-6.9
3.7
2.4
3.1

2.5
2.5
2.8
3.0
2.3
1.7
5.1
1.9
4.0
2.2
-.6
3.0
2.2
2.5

2.3
2.3
2.0
4.3
4.5
6.1
-3.9
.1
4.4
2.0
-4.7
2.0
2.4
2.9

Housing ....................................

146.7

147.1

147.6

147.8

2.2

3.1

2.5

3.0

2.7

2.8

Shelter ..................................
Renters' costs 1/ ......................
Rent, residential ....................
Other renters' costs .................
Homeowners' costs 1/ ...................
Owners' equivalent rent 1/ ...........
Household insurance 1/ ...............
Maintenance and repairs 2/ .............
Maintenance and repair services 2/ ...
Maintenance and repair commodities 2/
Fuel and other utilities .................
Fuels ..................................
Fuel oil and other household fuel
commodities ......................
Gas (piped) and electricity (energy
services).........................
Other utilities and public services 2/ .
Household furnishings and operation ......
Housefurnishings .......................
Housekeeping supplies ..................
Housekeeping services ..................

163.0
153.6
158.8
207.1
158.1
158.4
145.0
135.6
144.5
123.9
123.8
110.5

163.5
153.9
159.3
206.5
158.7
159.0
145.6
135.8
144.7
124.2
123.9
110.5

164.0
154.6
159.7
209.2
159.0
159.3
145.2
135.5
144.6
123.6
124.4
111.2

164.2
155.1
160.1
210.8
159.1
159.4
145.9
135.7
145.0
123.8
125.1
112.0

3.8
3.5
2.3
9.7
4.0
4.0
3.4
2.7
4.3
.7
-1.0
-3.2

2.8
1.9
2.1
1.0
3.1
3.1
.6
2.4
2.0
3.0
4.0
6.0

3.5
2.9
2.6
3.8
3.9
4.1
-.3
2.1
4.3
-.6
.3
-.7

3.0
4.0
3.3
7.3
2.6
2.5
2.5
.3
1.4
-.3
4.3
5.5

3.3
2.7
2.2
5.3
3.5
3.5
2.0
2.6
3.1
1.8
1.5
1.3

3.2
3.4
2.9
5.5
3.2
3.3
1.1
1.2
2.8
-.5
2.3
2.4

87.7

88.7

95.3

95.6

1.4

2.3

-3.6

41.2

1.8

16.7

118.4
154.0
122.4
109.8
139.8
148.6

118.2
154.3
122.7
110.1
140.1
149.0

118.2
154.8
122.9
110.3
140.8
148.8

119.1
155.4
122.7
110.0
140.7
149.0

-3.4
1.6
.7
-1.1
4.8
1.9

6.3
1.8
3.0
1.8
6.0
2.5

-.3
1.3
1.0
-1.1
4.1
4.1

2.4
3.7
1.0
.7
2.6
1.1

1.4
1.7
1.8
.4
5.4
2.2

1.0
2.5
1.0
-.2
3.4
2.6

Apparel and upkeep .........................
Apparel commodities ......................
Men's and boys' apparel ................
Women's and girls' apparel .............
Infants' and toddlers' apparel 2/ ......
Footwear ...............................
Other apparel commodities ..............
Apparel services 2/.......................

130.8
127.8
125.6
125.4
130.9
126.9
150.4
156.6

131.0
127.9
125.8
125.6
129.8
126.4
151.4
157.1

131.9
128.9
127.1
127.5
132.3
125.3
150.3
157.6

131.0
127.9
127.3
124.6
135.3
126.9
147.6
157.9

-.3
-.6
1.3
1.9
-9.4
-.6
-9.5
.8

-.3
.0
-3.4
-3.4
17.9
1.3
14.3
-.5

.6
.6
.3
1.0
5.7
2.6
-3.6
-.8

.6
.3
5.5
-2.5
14.1
.0
-7.2
3.4

-.3
-.3
-1.1
-.8
3.3
.3
1.7
.1

.6
.5
2.9
-.8
9.8
1.3
-5.5
1.3

Transportation .............................
Private transportation ...................
New vehicles ...........................
New cars .............................
Used cars ..............................
Motor fuel .............................
Gasoline .............................
Maintenance and repairs ................
Other private transportation ...........
Other private transportation
commodities ......................
Other private transportation
services .........................
Public transportation ....................

138.4
136.4
142.8
139.4
157.3
95.5
95.1
156.5
167.9

138.9
137.1
142.9
139.6
158.3
97.6
97.2
156.8
167.7

140.1
138.4
143.2
139.7
159.8
101.2
101.1
157.4
167.6

140.5
138.6
143.5
140.1
161.0
100.7
100.6
157.6
167.9

6.6
6.0
3.5
2.3
5.7
12.1
12.9
3.4
4.4

-2.6
-2.9
1.7
1.2
-4.2
-15.3
-16.0
2.4
1.5

-1.4
-1.7
1.7
1.4
1.0
-14.1
-14.9
2.9
2.2

6.2
6.6
2.0
2.0
9.7
23.6
25.2
2.8
.0

1.9
1.5
2.6
1.8
.6
-2.6
-2.6
2.9
2.9

2.3
2.3
1.8
1.7
5.3
3.0
3.3
2.9
1.1

104.3

104.2

104.2

104.4

1.6

1.9

-.4

.4

1.7

.0

183.9
174.1

183.7
170.2

183.5
169.6

183.9
173.7

5.0
18.0

1.3
1.2

2.7
2.1

.0
-.9

3.1
9.3

1.3
.6

Medical care ...............................
Medical care commodities .................
Medical care services ....................
Professional medical services ..........

223.1
204.0
227.3
204.9

223.9
204.3
228.2
205.7

224.7
205.6
228.9
206.2

225.1
205.7
229.4
207.0

3.7
.2
4.4
3.5

4.3
2.8
4.8
4.5

3.7
3.0
3.8
3.6

3.6
3.4
3.7
4.2

4.0
1.5
4.6
4.0

3.7
3.2
3.8
3.9

Entertainment ..............................
Entertainment commodities ................
Entertainment services ...................

153.6
139.4
174.0

154.1
139.7
174.8

154.7
140.3
175.5

155.9
141.6
176.5

3.0
1.5
4.8

2.4
2.3
2.1

3.5
3.5
3.3

6.1
6.5
5.9

2.7
1.9
3.4

4.8
5.0
4.6

Other goods and services ...................
Tobacco and smoking products .............
Personal care 2/ .........................
Toilet goods and personal care
appliances 2/ ......................
Personal care services 2/ ..............
Personal and educational expenses ........
School books and supplies ..............
Personal and educational services ......

208.2
229.8
149.0

208.5
229.2
148.9

208.9
228.4
149.1

209.7
229.4
149.2

3.4
3.5
1.1

4.6
4.7
1.6

5.2
5.0
4.4

2.9
-.7
.5

4.0
4.1
1.4

4.0
2.1
2.5

145.4
153.5
235.7
220.3
237.1

144.7
154.2
236.9
221.2
238.3

144.4
154.9
238.0
223.6
239.3

144.6
155.1
239.1
224.2
240.4

.8
1.3
4.1
3.8
4.1

.3
3.0
5.5
2.6
5.7

4.5
4.8
5.3
9.6
5.0

-2.2
4.2
5.9
7.3
5.7

.6
2.1
4.8
3.2
4.9

1.1
4.5
5.6
8.4
5.4

136.9
149.9
128.8
128.3
127.8

137.3
150.1
129.4
129.3
127.9

138.1
150.3
130.5
131.1
128.9

138.1
150.5
130.5
131.1
127.9

3.6
3.0
3.0
3.2
1.9
-.6

1.6
.3
1.9
-1.2
-1.5
.0

2.1
.9
3.0
-.6
-2.2
.6

3.2
3.6
1.6
5.4
9.0
.3

2.6
1.6
2.5
.9
.2
-.3

2.7
2.2
2.3
2.3
3.3
.5

131.5
128.3
168.0
156.9

132.7
128.6
168.3
157.4

134.9
129.0
168.7
157.9

135.5
129.4
169.2
158.2

4.3
2.2
3.5
3.7

-3.0
.3
3.2
2.9

-3.3
.6
3.2
3.4

12.7
3.5
2.9
3.4

.6
1.3
3.3
3.3

4.4
2.0
3.0
3.4

127.9
175.3
227.3
193.4

128.1
174.7
228.2
194.3

128.0
174.6
228.9
195.1

128.7
175.5
229.4
196.0

.3
6.7
4.4
3.9

3.2
1.4
4.8
3.8

1.3
2.5
3.8
4.0

2.5
.5
3.7
5.5

1.7
4.0
4.6
3.9

1.9
1.5
3.8
4.8

151.0
147.8
141.7
147.5

151.4
148.1
142.0
147.8

152.1
148.7
142.6
148.4

152.4
149.0
142.9
148.7

3.6
3.1
3.2
3.4

1.6
1.4
1.4
1.4

1.9
1.6
1.7
2.2

3.8
3.3
3.4
3.3

2.6
2.2
2.3
2.4

2.8
2.5
2.6
2.7

Commodity and service group
All items ....................................
Commodities ................................
Food and beverages .......................
Commodities less food and beverages ......
Nondurables less food and beverages ....
Apparel commodities ..................
Nondurables less food, beverages,
and apparel ......................
Durables ...............................
Services ...................................
Rent of shelter 1/ .......................
Household services less rent
of shelter 1/ ........................
Transportation services ..................
Medical care services ....................
Other services ...........................
Special indexes
All
All
All
All

items
items
items
items

less
less
less
less

food ..........................
shelter .......................
homeowners' costs 1/ ..........
medical care ..................

Commodities less food ........................
Nondurables less food ........................
Nondurables less food and apparel ............
Nondurables ..................................
Services less rent of shelter 1/ .............
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 ............

1/
2/
NOTE:

130.1
129.9
133.1
139.4
159.4
162.9
102.5
157.7
160.0

130.5
130.8
134.2
139.8
159.5
163.2
103.5
158.0
160.3

131.7
132.5
136.1
140.9
159.8
163.5
105.7
158.4
160.8

131.7
132.5
136.4
141.1
160.5
164.0
105.9
158.7
161.1

3.1
2.5
4.0
2.0
3.6
3.6
3.9
3.4
3.4

-.9
-1.2
-1.8
.6
3.1
2.8
-5.2
2.1
2.3

-.3
-1.8
-2.1
.9
2.8
3.0
-7.1
2.8
2.8

5.0
8.2
10.3
5.0
2.8
2.7
13.9
2.6
2.8

1.1
.6
1.1
1.3
3.4
3.2
-.8
2.7
2.8

2.3
3.1
3.9
2.9
2.8
2.9
2.9
2.7
2.8

139.8
95.0
173.6

140.0
97.0
174.0

140.5
100.9
174.4

140.6
100.5
174.9

1.7
11.3
4.1

1.4
-14.1
2.8

1.7
-13.5
3.3

2.3
25.2
3.0

1.6
-2.2
3.5

2.0
4.1
3.2

Indexes on a December 1984=100 base.
Not seasonally adjusted.
Data not available.
Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.

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

Percent change to
Feb. 1996 fromFeb.
Dec.
Jan.
1995
1995
1996

Percent change to
Jan. 1996 fromJan.
Nov.
Dec.
1995
1995
1995

Area

Pricing
schedule
1/

U.S. city average ......................

M

153.6

153.5

154.4

154.9

2.7

0.9

0.3

2.7

0.5

0.6

Northeast urban.........................
Size A - More than 1,200,000 ........
Size B - 500,000 to 1,200,000 .......
Size C - 50,000 to 500,000 ..........

M
M
M
M

160.5
161.3
158.3
158.5

160.5
161.1
158.6
158.6

161.4
162.2
158.7
159.8

162.2
163.0
159.2
160.6

2.9
3.0
2.2
2.9

1.1
1.2
.4
1.3

.5
.5
.3
.5

2.7
2.9
2.1
2.6

.6
.6
.3
.8

.6
.7
.1
.8

North Central urban ....................
Size A - More than 1,200,000 ........

M
M

149.5
150.2

149.5
150.3

150.2
151.0

150.8
151.7

2.8
2.5

.9
.9

.4
.5

2.8
2.5

.5
.5

.5
.5

Nov.
1995

Dec.
1995

Jan.
1996

Feb.
1996

Region and area size 2/

Size B Size C Size D -

360,000 to 1,200,000 .......
50,000 to 360,000 ..........
Nonmetropolitan
(less than 50,000) .........

M
M

148.1
151.5

148.0
151.5

148.6
152.2

149.5
152.4

3.0
3.2

1.0
.6

.6
.1

2.9
3.3

.3
.5

.4
.5

M

146.0

145.8

146.5

146.9

3.2

.8

.3

3.5

.3

.5

............................
More than 1,200,000 ........
450,000 to 1,200,000 .......
50,000 to 450,000 ..........
Nonmetropolitan
(less than 50,000) .........

M
M
M
M

150.4
149.7
152.6
150.4

150.3
149.5
152.4
150.3

151.1
150.4
153.2
151.1

151.5
150.6
154.1
151.4

2.8
2.2
3.0
3.6

.8
.7
1.1
.7

.3
.1
.6
.2

3.0
2.6
2.9
3.7

.5
.5
.4
.5

.5
.6
.5
.5

M

148.9

149.1

149.9

150.1

2.7

.7

.1

3.2

.7

.5

West urban .............................
Size A - More than 1,250,000 ........
Size C - 50,000 to 330,000 ..........

M
M
M

154.4
154.4
158.4

154.3
154.4
158.6

155.3
155.4
159.8

155.8
155.9
160.8

2.2
1.8
3.7

1.0
1.0
1.4

.3
.3
.6

2.2
1.6
3.7

.6
.6
.9

.6
.6
.8

Size classes
A 3/ .................................
B ....................................
C ....................................
D ....................................

M
M
M
M

138.7
153.5
153.5
150.0

138.6
153.4
153.5
150.1

139.5
153.9
154.4
150.9

140.0
154.7
154.8
151.1

2.4
2.8
3.3
3.1

1.0
.8
.8
.7

.4
.5
.3
.1

2.4
2.7
3.4
3.4

.6
.3
.6
.6

.6
.3
.6
.5

Chicago-Gary-Lake County, IL-IN-WI......
Los Angeles-Anaheim-Riverside, CA ......
N.Y.-Northern N.J.-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT
Phil.-Wilmington-Trenton, PA-NJ-DE-MD ..
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA .....

M
M
M
M
M

154.0
154.4
163.8
159.6
152.4

153.8
154.6
163.7
159.1
152.1

154.6
155.7
164.8
160.3
152.9

155.2
156.2
165.7
161.2
153.2

1.9
1.1
3.4
2.2
1.8

.9
1.0
1.2
1.3
.7

.4
.3
.5
.6
.2

1.8
.9
3.1
2.4
1.7

.4
.8
.6
.4
.3

.5
.7
.7
.8
.5

Baltimore, MD ..........................
Boston-Lawrence-Salem, MA-NH ...........
Cleveland-Akron-Lorain, OH .............
Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL ..............
St. Louis-East St. Louis, MO-IL ........
Washington, DC-MD-VA ...................

1
1
1
1
1
1

151.1
160.3
148.2
150.2
145.7
155.2

2.0
2.7
1.6
3.2
3.0
2.0

.3
1.2
.5
1.2
1.0
1.0

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX ..................
Detroit-Ann Arbor, MI ..................
Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX .........
Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley, PA ...........

2
2
2
2

South urban
Size A Size B Size C Size D -

Selected local areas

1/

-

145.5
150.3
140.9
150.0

151.6
162.2
149.0
152.0
147.2
156.8
-

146.2
151.3
141.5
151.1

2.0
2.7
1.6
2.6

-

.5
.7
.4
.7

-

-

Foods, fuels, and several other items priced every month in all areas; most other goods and services priced as

-

-

2/
3/
NOTE:

indicated:
M - Every month.
1 - January, March, May, July, September, and November.
2 - February, April, June, August, October, and December.
Regions defined as the four Census regions. See map in technical notes.
Indexes on a December 1986=100 base.
Data not available.
Local area CPI 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.

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

Percent change to
Feb. 1996 fromFeb.
Dec.
Jan.
1995
1995
1996

Percent change to
Jan. 1996 fromJan.
Nov.
Dec.
1995
1995
1995

Area

Pricing
schedule
1/

U.S. city average ......................

M

150.9

150.9

151.7

152.2

2.6

0.9

0.3

2.6

0.5

0.5

Northeast urban.........................
Size A - More than 1,200,000 ........
Size B - 500,000 to 1,200,000 .......
Size C - 50,000 to 500,000 ..........

M
M
M
M

158.0
157.7
156.2
160.1

158.0
157.6
156.5
160.4

158.8
158.5
156.5
161.4

159.4
159.2
156.9
162.0

2.7
2.8
2.1
2.8

.9
1.0
.3
1.0

.4
.4
.3
.4

2.6
2.7
2.1
2.5

.5
.5
.2
.8

.5
.6
.0
.6

North Central urban ....................
Size A - More than 1,200,000 ........
Size B - 360,000 to 1,200,000 .......
Size C - 50,000 to 360,000 ..........
Size D - Nonmetropolitan
(less than 50,000) .........

M
M
M
M

146.2
146.2
144.4
148.9

146.3
146.4
144.5
148.9

147.0
147.1
145.0
149.6

147.5
147.7
145.7
149.8

2.7
2.4
2.8
3.2

.8
.9
.8
.6

.3
.4
.5
.1

2.8
2.5
2.9
3.2

.5
.6
.4
.5

.5
.5
.3
.5

M

144.1

144.1

144.7

144.9

3.2

.6

.1

3.5

.4

.4

South urban ............................
Size A - More than 1,200,000 ........
Size B - 450,000 to 1,200,000 .......

M
M
M

148.9
147.8
149.0

148.9
147.8
148.9

149.7
148.6
149.6

150.0
148.7
150.3

2.8
2.3
2.7

.7
.6
.9

.2
.1
.5

3.0
2.6
2.7

.5
.5
.4

.5
.5
.5

Nov.
1995

Dec.
1995

Jan.
1996

Feb.
1996

Region and area size 2/

Size C Size D -

50,000 to 450,000 ..........
Nonmetropolitan
(less than 50,000) .........

M

150.4

150.3

151.1

151.3

3.6

.7

.1

3.7

.5

.5

M

149.2

149.5

150.4

150.4

2.7

.6

.0

3.3

.8

.6

West urban .............................
Size A - More than 1,250,000 ........
Size C - 50,000 to 330,000 ..........

M
M
M

151.4
150.0
155.4

151.3
150.0
155.5

152.2
150.9
156.6

152.7
151.2
157.6

2.2
1.7
3.5

.9
.8
1.4

.3
.2
.6

2.0
1.6
3.4

.5
.6
.8

.6
.6
.7

Size classes
A 3/ .................................
B ....................................
C ....................................
D ....................................

M
M
M
M

137.7
150.7
152.6
149.3

137.7
150.7
152.7
149.4

138.5
151.1
153.5
150.2

138.9
151.8
153.9
150.3

2.4
2.6
3.3
3.1

.9
.7
.8
.6

.3
.5
.3
.1

2.4
2.6
3.3
3.4

.6
.3
.6
.6

.6
.3
.5
.5

Chicago-Gary-Lake County, IL-IN-WI......
Los Angeles-Anaheim-Riverside, CA ......
N.Y.-Northern N.J.-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT
Phil.-Wilmington-Trenton, PA-NJ-DE-MD ..
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA .....

M
M
M
M
M

149.0
149.2
159.9
159.2
149.9

149.0
149.4
159.9
158.7
149.6

149.7
150.4
160.9
159.7
150.5

150.2
150.9
161.7
160.5
150.5

1.8
1.1
3.3
1.9
1.5

.8
1.0
1.1
1.1
.6

.3
.3
.5
.5
.0

1.8
.9
2.9
2.1
1.6

.5
.8
.6
.3
.4

.5
.7
.6
.6
.6

Baltimore, MD ..........................
Boston-Lawrence-Salem, MA-NH ...........
Cleveland-Akron-Lorain, OH .............
Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL ..............
St. Louis-East St. Louis, MO-IL ........
Washington, DC-MD-VA ...................

1
1
1
1
1
1

149.9
159.3
140.6
148.2
145.0
152.5

1.8
2.6
1.8
3.2
3.0
1.8

.3
1.1
.6
1.2
1.0
.9

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX ..................
Detroit-Ann Arbor, MI ..................
Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX .........
Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley, PA ...........

2
2
2
2

Selected local areas

1/

2/
3/
NOTE:

-

145.4
145.5
140.5
143.7

150.3
161.1
141.5
150.0
146.5
153.9
-

145.9
146.5
140.8
144.7

2.2
2.7
1.4
2.6

-

.3
.7
.2
.7

-

-

-

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.
Regions defined as the four Census regions. See map in technical notes.
Indexes on a December 1986=100 base.
Data not available.
Local area CPI 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.