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THE CONSUMER
PRICE INDEX

AUGUST

1966

U.S. CITY AVERAGE
and
SELECTED AREAS

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
W. Willard Wirtz, Secretary
BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

®Xfe>
™ -

Arthur M. Ross, Commissioner

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES: COMMODITIES AND SERVICES
INOEX I957-59«IOO

INDEX

1 9 5 7 - 5 9 = 100

125

I 25

RELATIVE IMPORTANCE
ALL ITEMS INDEX (as of Dec

1965)

I20—

I 20
ALL SERVICES

34.5%

FOOD

2 2 8 %

NONDURABLES LESS FOOD. . 2 4 . 6 %
DURABLE COMMODITIES

1 8 . 1 %

115 —

I I 5

I 10

I 10

105

I 05

100

100
Nondurables Less Food

1957

1958

1959

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF L/A60R
BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS




I960

1961

966
Latest Data

August 1966

Released September 22, 1966
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Washington, D. C. 20212
CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR AUGUST 1966
The Consumer Price Index rose by 0.4 percent in August, to 113.8 (1957-59=100),
the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics announced today.
Higher prices of foods, used cars, and medical services caused most of the advance.
The August index was 3.5 percent higher than a year ago.
Price Changes, July-August 1966
Food prices went up 1.3 percent in August. Egg prices were up by 18 percent
and dairy products by 3-1/2 percent. Bread prices also advanced in response to earlier
increases in wholesale prices of flour. Higher prices for bacon and round steak were
about offset by reductions in several other cuts of beef and pork.
Prices of fruits and vegetables were up by 0.7 percent. Prices of lettuce,
cabbage, apples, and oranges rose substantially. Tomato and cucumber prices dropped.
Prices of commodities other than foods were down by 0.1 percent. Apparel
prices averaged unchanged, as higher prices for men's and boys' clothing and footwear
were offset by end-of-season clearance prices for women's and girls' summer apparel.
Used car prices rose by 1.5 percent. Gasoline prices were lower. Prices of furniture
and floor coverings moved higher, while appliances and household textiles were reduced.
The housing index rose by 0.2 percent mainly because of higher costs of owning
a home—repairs, taxes, insurance, and interest on mortgages. Rents advanced 0.3 percent. Costs of most other services also continued to rise, particularly medical care
services, barber and beauty shops, auto insurance, laundry and dry cleaning, and recreational services.
Price Trends, August 1965-August 1966
The rise in the Consumer Price Index over the past year has been caused mostly
by increases averaging 4.3 percent for consumer services, and by 5.2 percent higher
food prices. Non^trrables other than food (such as apparel, fuels, gasoline, etc.)
have shown an average 2.3 price increase, and the advance for consumer durables
(houses, furniture, appliances, new and used cars, etc.) has amounted to 1.2 percent
since August 1965.
Aside from food and services, the largest price increases since August 1965,
have been for shoes, newspapers, cigarettes, and furniture.
Prices of appliances have declined slightly during the year.
Mortgage interest rates have risen by more than 8 percent over the past year.
Hospital rates are up by 9 percent, and increases of 4 to 6 percent have occurred for
taxes, insurance, and upkeep on owned homes, housekeeping services, auto insurance,
public transportation, professional medical fees, barber and beauty shop services, and
recreational services.
Prices of dairy products are up by 9.3 percent; eggs,
vegetables, 6.7 percent; and cereals and bakery products, 5.6
meat prices has been caused by reduced supplies, primarily of
tables, eggs, and many other foods have been affected by hot,
of the country during the past summer.




22 percent; fruits and
percent. The rise in
pork. Fruits and vegedry weather over much

Cost-of-Living Adjustments
About 175,000 workers will receive increases in their cost-of-living allowances as a result of the August Consumer Price Index. For about 150,000, mostly in
aerospace industries, the increase will be 3 cents an hour, based on the change in the
index since May. Other workers will receive increases ranging from 1 to 10 cents an
hour, based on price changes for periods of one month to one year.




TABLE 1: Consumer Price Index—United States City Average
For Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
Major group, subgroup, and special group indexes, August 1966
and percent changes from selected dates

Group

Indexes (1957-59=100)
August 1966
Unad- Seasonally
Unad- Seasonally
adjusted
justed
justed
adjusted

113.3

All items

113.8

Food
Food at home
Cereals and bakery products
Meats, poultry, and fish
Dairy products
Fruits and vegetables
Other foods at home
Food away from home

115.8
114.4
117.3
114.5
114.8
122.3
104.9
124.0

Housing
Shelter 1/
Rent
Homeownership 2/
Fuel and utilities 3 /
.
Fuel oil and coal hj
Gas and electricity
Household furnishings and operation -

111.5
114.6

110.6
116.4
107.9
107.0
108.1
105.2

108.4
109.2

Apparel and upkeep _5/
Men's and boys'
Women's and girls' Footwear

109.2
109.9
103.8
120.4

109.6
110.2
104.5
120.6

109.2
109.6
104.6
119.8

Transportation
Private
Public

113.5
111.6
129.2

113.5
111.6

113.5
111.5
129.1

Health and recreation
Medical care
Personal care
Reading and recreation
Other goods and services 6/

112.7
117.4
115.5

All items less shelter All items less food

113.6
113.4

Commodities ]_/
Nondurables
Durables ]_/ 8/ -Services 9_/

109.8
112.5
103.0
123.0

109.8
112.4
103.2

109.3
111.8
103.0
122.6

Commodities less food JJ
Nondurables less food
Apparel commodities
Apparel commodities less footwear
Nondurables less food and apparel New cars
Used cars
Household durables \QJ
Housefurnishings

106.6
109.6
107.9
105.5
110.5
95.8
122.1
97.0
98.9

106.9
109.8
108.4
106.0

106.7
109.7
108.1
105.8
110.6
96.7
120.3

Services less rent 9/
Household services less rent
Transportation services
Medical care services
Other services \\J

125.9
122.4
125.3
134.7
127.1

All items index on other bases:
1947-49=100
1939=100

115.5
113.9

112.9
114.9
121.4
105.1

114.3
112.7
114.8
114.3
111.0
121.5
102.1
123.5
111.3
114.4
110.3
116.2
107.9
107.0
108.1
105.1

113.2
111.3
114.1
111.6
113.9
102.9

August
1965
Unadjusted
110.0
110.1
108.6
111.1
109.8
105.0
114.6
101.9
118.2

Percent change to August 1966 from—
August
Unad- j Seasonally
1965
Unad- Seasonally
.justed | adjusted
adjusted
justed
Unadjusted
i.i |
1.3
1.5
2.2
.2
3.4
.7
2.7

2.0
2.3
1.1
3.0
6.6
2.1

2.0
2.1
2.6
.5
5.0
2.6
2.0
1.5

1.3
1.2
- 2.7
4.3
5.3
1.1

2.9
4.9

108.2
110.7
109.0
111.4
105.3
103.5
107.7
102.9

.7
1.0
.4
1.2
.3
.9
.1
.6

109.6
109.9
105.1
120.2

106.4
107.2
102.6
112.7

.1
0
1.1
1.2

.2
.3
.9
1.3

113.4
111.4

111.0
109.5
121.5

1.3
1.0
5.8

1.3
1.0

119.1
127.7
112.5
117.2
115.3

115.6
122.8
109.0
114.3
112.6

.9
1.7
.6
.5
.7

113.1
113.2

109.8
110.2

.4
.2

109.1
111.4
103.1

106.6
108.5
101.8
117.9

.5
.6
0
.3

.6
.9
.1

.9
1.1
.5
1.2

.7
.7
.7

3.0
3.7
1.2
4.3

106.8
109.9
108.3
106.1

104.7
107.1
105.3
103.8
108.2
97.1
120.3
95.8
97.3

.1
.1
.2
.3
.1
.9
1.5
.1
.1

.1
.1
.1
.1

.3
.3
.4
.6
.5
1.2
3.9
.3
.4

.5
.4
0
.3

1.8
2.3
2.5
1.6
2.1

125.5
122.1
125.0
133.9
126.7

120.0
116.6
119.6
127.7
122.1

.3
.2
.2
.6
.3

139.6
235.0

139.0
234.0

135.0
227.2

Purchasing power of the consumer dollar:
$0,879
1957-59=$1.00
.716
1947-49=$1.00
.426
1939=$1.00 —

$0,883
.719
.427

$0,909
.741
.440

108.4
109.3

.1
.3

3.5
1.5
4.5
2.5
3.4
.4
2.2

2.5
1.2
6.8

3.4
4.6
3.4
2.7
2.6

Special groups:

1/
2/
2/
hJ
H
y

u

li
10/
11/

97.1
120.8

97.9
118.6

3.5
2.9

1.5
1.2
1.9
2.0
1.0

Also includes hotel and motel rates not shown separately.
Includes home purchase, mortgage interest, taxes, insurance, and maintenance and repairs.
Also includes telephone, water, and sewerage service not shown separately.
Called "Solid and petroleum fuels" prior to 1964.
Also includes infants' wear, sewing materials, jewelry, and apparel upkeep services not shown separately.
Includes tobacco, alcoholic beverages, and funeral, legal, and bank service charges.
Includes home purchase costs which were classified under services prior to 1964.
Also includes auto parts, toys, and recreational goods not shown separately.
Excludes home purchase costs which were classified under this heading prior to 1964.
Called "Durables less cars" prior to 1964.
Includes the services components of apparel, personal care, reading and recreation, and other goods and services.




.3
2.7

• 1.3

1.5
1.3
1.6
4.9
5.0
4.8
5.5
4.1

TABLE 2. Consumer Price Index—The United States and Selected Areas
For Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, All Items
Most recent index and percent changes from selected dates

Indexes
Area 1/

Schedule 2/

1957-59-100

1947-49-100

Other
bases

May
1966

August 1966
U.S. City Average

Philadelphia

139.6

1.1

3.5

111.4
111.9
114.6
116.7
114.5

M
M
M
M
M

Los Angeles-Long Beach -

140.5
138.0
142.9
140.6
140.6

1.1
1.2
.4
1.3
1.2

3.4
4.8
2.8
3.6
3.5

April
1966

July
1965

July 1966

Washington

107.7

to to to io to to to

Buffalo (Nov.1963=100) Cleveland
Dallas (Nov.1963=100) —
Milwaukee
San Diego (Feb.1965-100)

110.2

136.9

111.5

140.6

105.6
102.0
114.5
114.0

143.9
137.3

June 1966

Baltimore
Cincinnati
Honolulu (Dec.1963-100)
Kansas City
St. Louis
San Francisco-Oakland —

111.1
113.4
110.2

137.5
140.7
134.1

116.5
113.6
115.2

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

144.1
141.0
146.2

104.6

August
1965

1.0
.5
1.0
1.3
.4
.7
1.1

3.6
2.9
3.8
2.4
2.4
2.7
4.0

March
1966

August 1966

3.2
2.9
2.1
1.8

May
1966

145.1
137.5
138.5
139.0

CO vO CM CM

117.1
111.6
112.0
112.8

O

1
1
1
1

Boston
Houston
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Pittsburgh

August
1965

113.8

M

Chicago

Percent change from:

June
1965

0.7
.8
1.0
.2
1.0
1.3
.3

3.0
3.1
2.5
2.9
2.3
3.1
1.9

1/ Area coverage includes the urban portion of the corresponding Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA) except
for New York and Chicago where the more extensive Standard Consolidated Areas are used. Area definitions are those established for the 1960 Census and do not include revisions made since 1960.
2/ Foods, fuels, and several other items priced every month in all cities; most other goods and services priced as
indicated:
M - Every month.
1 - January, April, July, and October.
2 - February, May, August, and November.
3 - March, June, September, and December.
2/ Detroit indexes have been corrected, as follows:
(1957-59=100 unless otherwise specified)
Private
All items
Total
(1947-49=
transtransAll
portation portation
100)
items
Date
1966: MarchAprilMay
June—
July-




109.6
110.2
110.6
111.2
111.3

135.1
135.9
136.4
137.1
137.2

111.7
112.3
112.2
112.2
111.8

110.2
110.8
110.7
110.4
110.0

TABLE 3: Consumer Price Index—The United States and Selected Areas 1/
For Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, Major Groups
Percent change from July 1966 to August 1966
U.S. City
Average

Apparel and upkeep
Transportation
Health and recreation
Medical care
Reading and recreation
Other goods and services
1/
2/
3J

0.8

1.3
.2
0
0
.3
.5
.2
.2
.2

All items

Chicago

0.4

Group

2.4
.1
1.0
.5
.1
.1
.4
0
0

Detroit

V

3/

Los AngelesLong Beach

New York

Philadelphia

0.5

- 0.3

0.3

0.7

1.4
.2
.8
.4
.3
.4
.1
.1
.5

.9
- .2
- .3
- 3.3
.1
.2
- .1
.6
- .3

1.1
.4
- .6
.1
.2
.6
- .2
.1
.1

1.5
.8
- .7
.4
.3
.6
- .2
0

i.21)

See footnote 1, table 2.
Not available.
Based on corrected indexes; see footnote 3, table 2.

TABLE 4:

Consumer Price Index—United States City Average
For Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
Major group indexes, selected dates
(1957-59-100)
Health and recreation

and

Other
goods

recreation

services

Reading
Date

Apparel
Housing

upkeep

Transportation

115.8
114.3
113.9
113.5
114.0
113.9
113.1
111.4

111.5
111.3
111.1
110.7
110.3
109.6
109.4
109.2

109.2
109.2
109.4
109.3
108.7
108.2
107.6
107.3

113.5
113.5
112.2
112.0
112.0
111.4
111.1
111.2

119.5
119.1
118.7
118.4
118.1
117.6
117.1
116.9

128.4
127.7
127.0
126.3
125.8
125.3
124.5
124.2

112.7
112.5
112.2
112.0
111.6
111.0
110.8
110.4

117.4
117.2
117.0
116.8
116.8
116.6
115.9
115.7

115.5
115.3
114.9
114.7
114.3
113.8
113.6
113.4

111.0
110.6
110.4
110.2
110.0

110.6
109.7
109.7
109.7
110.1

109.4
109.2
109.0
108.6
108.2

108.1
108.1
107.8
107.2
106.4

111.6
111.5
111.2
111.0
111.0

116.6
116.4
116.2
115.8
115.6

123.7
123.4
123.0
122.8
122.8

110.0
109.6
109.2
109.2
109.0

115.4
115.4
115.2
114.8
114.3

113.4
113.3
113.3
112.7
112.6

109.9
108.1
106.7
105; 4
104.2
103.1
93.3

108.8
106.4
105.1
103.6
102.6
101.4
94.0

108.5
107.2
106.0
104.8
103.9
103.1
94.1

106.8
105.7
104.8
103.6
103.0
102.2
95.9

111.1
109.3
107.8
107.2
105.0
103.8
89.7

115.6
113.6
111.4
109.4
107.3
105.4
91.4

122.3
119.4
117.0
114.2
111.3
108.1
88.6

109.9
109.2
107.9
106.5
104.6
104.1
90.0

115.2
114.1
111.5
109.6
107.2
104.9
92.1

111.4
108.8
107.1
105.3
104.6
103.8
94.3

and

All
items

Food

Apr.
Mar.
Feb.
Jan.

113.8
113.3
112.9
112.6
112.5
112.0
111.6
111.0

1965:

Dec.
Nov.
Oct.
Sept.
Aug.

Annual Average:

1965
1964
1963
1962
1961
1960
1955

1966:

Aug.
July
June

May




Total

Medical
care

Personal
care

and

TABLE 5: Consumer Price Index—United States and Selected Areas 1/
For Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, Commodity Groups
August 1966 indexes and percent changes from May 1966

Group

U.S.
City
Average

Buffalo
(Nov.1963=100)

Chicago

Cleveland

Dallas
(Nov.1963=100)

Los AngelesLong Beach

Indexes (1957-59=100 unless otherwise specified)
All items

113.8

107.7

111.4

110.2

105.6

111.9

114.6

Food
Food at home
Cereals and bakery products
Meats, poultry, and fish
Dairy products
Fruits and vegetables
Other foods at home
Food away from home

115.8
114.4
117.3
114.5
114.8
122.3
104.9
124.0

110.5
110.3
103.3
113.4
108.4
117.1
106.5
111.1

116.8
116.9
120.0
115.0
122.5
124.3
107.5
117.0

113.1
111.9
113.1
114.3
113.9
119.2
100.8
119.7

111.6
112.1
107.8
116.8
117.9
111.3
106.2
109.5

114.4
113.2
110.0
115.4
118.5
117.0
103.6
122.0

113.8
110.5
120.6
106.5
114.8
120.5
96.3
126.4

Housing
Shelter

111.5
114.6
110.6
116.4
107.9
107.0
108.1
105.2

105.4
104.9
102.6
105.3
108.4
98.6
112.2
104.5

108.6
110.2

104.7
103.3
101.7
103.4
115.6

102.3
104.7
100.1
107.0
98.3

117.2
123.5

116.9
101.5

97.5
99.4

105.5
106.5
98.8
108.5
102.7
100.2
105.2
101.6

Apparel and upkeep
Men's and boys'
Women's and girls'
Footwear

109.2
109.9
103.8
120.4

107.7
107.9
106.2
112.0

105.1
104.9
98.9
118.0

108.5
111.1
102.1
121.0

102.1
104.4
98.8
102.8

110.3
105.5
111.2
120.0

108.6
110.7
105.0
117.6

Transportation
Private
Public

113.5
111.6
129.2

106.9
107.0
106.3

110.1
110.4
109.2

112.6
110.3
125.9

102.8
102.9
103.1

112.2
110.4
119.4

117.3
113.2
140.3

Health and recreation
Medical care
Personal care
Reading and recreation
Other goods and services

119.5
128.4
112.7
117.4
115.5

109.3
111.1
107.4
105.6
112.6

114.2
134.3
112.5
101.8
107.3

117.7
135.1
109.0
110.6
113.6

108.3
110.2
105.4
107.4
108.6

121.3
135.9
114.9
114.9
114.3

112.4
123.6
107.4
104.8
108.3

Homeownership
Fuel and utilities
Fuel oil and coal
Gas and electricity
Household furnishings and operation

112.1
106.0
105.0
106.6
106.0

127.5
103.8
110.9
104.8

Percent changes May 1966 to August 1966
All items
Food
Food at home
Cereals and bakery products
Meats, poultry, and fish
Dairy products
Fruits and vegetables
Other foods at home
Food away from home

1.0

2.1
2.6
.5
5.0

1.1

0.5

1.0

2.3
2.4
3.0
1.4
6.6
.3
2.6
1.6

1.1

2.8
3.3
6.0
1.2
4.7
5.4
2.2

2.8
3.2
2.6
.2
9.8
3.5
3.5
.6
.4

1.4
.2
.6
.2
.5

-

.3
.8
0

1.2
1.9
.6
2.7
.2

-

.1
.2

.2
.1

_

o

-

.1

1.8
1.4

.3
1.0
.9
1.1

.9
.9
.8
.9
1.6
1.6
2.7
.2

Housing
Shelter
Rent
Homeownership
Fuel and utilities
Fuel oil and coal
Gas and electricity
Household furnishings and operation

.7
1.0
.4
1.2
.3
.9
.1

Apparel and upkeep
Men's and boys'
Women's and girls'
Footwear

.1
0
1.1
1.2

Transportation
Private
Public

1.3
1.0
5.8

1.0
1.1
0

1.0
0

.3
.4
0

Health and recreation
Medical care
Personal care
Reading and recreation
Other goods and services

.9
1.7
.6
.5
.7

.9
2.4
.4
.2
.2

.4
1.0
.6
.6
.3

.5
.4
.2
.2
1.2

See footnotes at end of table.




.6
•

. 7

.1
.2
• 1.0
.5

.7
.5
1.3
.6
3.0
• 1.5
.1
1.1

1.6
2.2
3/
.7
2.6
.1
.4
.4

•

.3
.4
0

0.4

2.6
2.9
2.5
.4
8.2
3.6
3.4
1.5

2.0
2.1
.7
.2
8.2
.5
3.2
1.7

-

1.2

2/

-

2/
2/-

.2
1.3

0
.3
4.0

.6
1.6
2.2
_ 1.0
.3

1.4
0
0
.3
.7
1.9
1.2

.9
.3
.2

TABLE 5: Consumer Price Index—United States and Selected Areas 1/
For Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, Commodity Groups
August 1966 indexes and percent changes from May 1966—Continued

Group

Milwaukee

New York

Philadelphia

San Diego
(Feb.1965-100)

Seattle

Washington

Indexes (1957-59-100 unless otherwise specified)

Al ies — — — — — — — — — — — —
l
tm

111.5

116.7

114.5

102.0

114.5

114.0

poo<j

116.2
115.5
107.4
116.4
121.1
123.5
108.6
121.7

116.4
113.4
117.0
113.1
108.7
122.8
105.2
130.5

114.9
113.4
112.1
110.7
119.9
122.7
104.1
123.9

106.8
106.2
107.5
112.6
103.9
99.0
103.2
108.4

114.9
112.5
108.8
116.7
119.5
115.9
101.7
125.5

115.8
114.1
110.7
111.8
117.8
124.7
107.1
124.8

107.3
106.7
104.4
107.6
110.9
115.9
101.9
106.7

116.0
119.4
119.3
118.5
107.1
110.9
108.0
111.6

112.0
115.1
116.3
106.3
110.4
101.9
105.8

101.1
102.4
100.9
103.0
97.8
100.0
99.4

113.3
118.8
112.1
120.3
110.2
104.0
97.7
103.8

112.4
115.0
116.2
113.3
104.9
105.4
105.0
107.8

Apparel and upkeep
Men's and boys'
Women's and girls'

108.0
110.7
103.7
117.1

110.8
112.6
102.7
120.2

114.1
108.1
110.3
123.2

100.8
104.0
97.6
106.9

111.2
116.3
107.4
123.6

112.0
110.2
107.2
124.0

Transportation
Private

112.9
113.1
111.2

114.8
113.2
124.3

119.9
116.0
137.3

99.6
99.3
104.3

114.7
113.5
125.4

111.2
110.2
117.7

114.9
122.1
116.6
112.3
110.8

125.1
131.7
110.8
127.0
123.5

118.5
133.2
109.1
113.1
(4/)

101.5
105.9
97.3
100.3
100.7

117.1
125.4
111.9
110.1
119.2

119.5
140.1
111.1
117.6
106.5

„

r o o o at n o m e —

•••———••——————————————>—«-

Cereals and bakery products
Meats, poultry, and fish
Dairy products
Fruits and vegetables
Other foods at home
Food away from home

H u is
os n

— — — — — — — — — — — — —

Rent
Homeownership
Fuel and utilities
Fuel oil and coal
Gas and electricity
Household furnishings and operation

Pi lie
ih

— — — — — — — — — —

Health and recreation
Medical care
Personal care
Reading and recreation
Other goods and services

Percent changes May 1966 to August 1966

1.3

1.3

1.2

0.4

0.7

1.1

3.3
.4
5.3
4.1
2.8
1.1

1.7
1.7
1.1
0
4.7
2.5
2.1
2.2

2.1
2.3
2.1
.5
4.9
3.4
2.8
1.6

.5
.5
2.3
.4
2.5
2.8
1.4
.4

.4
.3
.9
1.0
2.2
- 2.7
- .1
.7

1.9
2.5
.7
.4
5.3
7.0
1.8
.6

.5
.9
.4
.9
0
0
0
.1

.9
.9
3/ .3
1.4
.5
2.4
0
1.3

.7
1.1
1.4
.4
2.0
0
.7

.6
1.0
.7
1.2
0
0
.4

.9
1.9
2.1
1.8
- .6
0
- 1.3
- .4

1.3
2.0
.8
2.6
.2
0
.6
.3

Apparel and upkeep
Men's and boys'
Women's and girls'

1.0
1.7
.7
1.5

- 1.4
- 1.1
- 3.7
- .9

- 1.0
- .2
1.2

.4
.1

.4
2.9
1.2

.3
.2
1.7
1.1

Transportation

2.5
2.6
0

4.8
1.0
22.2

1.4
1.6
.3

.3
.3
0

2.1
2.6
.2

.1
.2
0

.3
1.9
1.0
1.3
.1

1.5
2.8
.7
1.0
1.3

1.3
2.1
.1
1.0
(47)

.5
.9
1.1
.3
0

.6
1.8
.9
.3
.2

.9
1.3
.2
1.3
0

All items

Food at home
Cereals and bakery products
Meats, poultry, and fish
Dairy products
Fruits and vegetables
Other foods at home
Food away from home
Housing

Homeownership
Fuel and utilities
Fuel oil and coal —
Gas and electricity
Household furnishings and operation

Public
Health and recreation
Medical care
Personal care
Reading and recreation
Other goods and services
1/
T/
3/

See footnote 1, table 2.
Based on corrected indexes; see footnote 3, table 2.
Change from June 1966

j4/

Not available.




TABLE 6: Consumer Price Index—United States and Selected Areas
For Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, Food and its Subgroups
August 1966 indexes and percent changes from July 1966
Food at home
Total
food

Area 1/

Total

Cereals
and
bakery
products

Meats,
poultry,
and fish

Dairy
products

Fruits
and
vegetables

Other
foods
at home

Food
away
from
home

Indexes (1957-59-100 unless otherwise specified)
115.8

U.S. City Average
Atlanta
Baltimore
Boston
Buffalo (Nov.1963=100)
Chicago
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Dallas (Nov.1963=100) Detroit
Honolulu (Dec.1963=100)
Kansas City
Los Angeles-Long Beach
Minneapolis-St. Paul —
New York
P V ^ 1 3/I0I r»V^ a

Pittsburgh
Cf-

T n.f J c

_

San Francisco-Oakland Seattle
Washington

114.0
117.4
118.9
110.5
116.8
113.9
113.1
111.6
114.4
106.6
117 .0
118.1
113.8
113.3
116.4
114.9
112.8
119.8
114.2
114.9
115.8

114.4
113.7
114.5
116.1
110.3
116.9
112.6
111.9
112.1
113.2
106.8
115.4
117.5
110.5
112.7
113.4
113 4
112.2
117.8
111.0
112.5
114.1

117.3
111.5
119.0
121.1
103.3
120.0
114.5
113.1
107.8
110.0
103.5
124. 7
119.8
120.6
110.4
117.0
112 1
114.5
117 9
115.0
108.8
110.7

114.5

114.8

122.3

104.9

124.0

114.9
114.4
119.0
113.4
115.0
116.1
114.3
116.8
115.4
112.5
111.9
116.8
106.5
113.6
113.1
110.7
117.1
119 .0
111.0
116.7
111.8

107.3
113.3
108.0
108.4
122.5
109.9
113.9
117.9
118.5
101.7
116.3
121.1
114.8
122.3
108.7
119 .9
103.6
124.3
113.9
119.5
117.8

123.6
127.7
127.6
117.1
124.3
124.8
119.2
111.3
117.0
108.3
123.4
123.1
120.5
114.3
122.8
122.7
121.1
124.0
115.2
115.9
124.7

110.8
103.0
104.4
106.5
107.5
99.3
100.8
106.2
103.6
101.6
106.7
108.8
96.3
105.1
105.2
104.1
103.9
107 .0
100.8
101.7
107.1

115.0
128.7
130.9
111.1
117.0
122.3
119.7
109.5
122.0
105.8
124.2
120.7
126.4
114.9
130.5
123.9
116.2
125.6
128.9
125.5
124.8

Percent changes July 1966 to August 1966
U.S. City Average

1.3

1.5

2.2

0.2

3.4

0.7

2.7

0.4

Atlanta
Baltimore

1.3
1.0

1.6
1.2
1.9
1.6
2.8
2.0

3.0
.3
4.8
2.9
4.2
4.5
2.7
.7
1.9
.1
3.9
3.6
1.3
2.7
1.0
2.1
0
4.1
2.3
2.3
.9

.3
0
.9
.4
.9
1.1

.1
2.8
1.5
1.7
4.1
2.4
8.6
5.6
6.9
.7
1.0
1.0
2.8
2.9
2.9
2.4
2.1
3.7
4.0
1.4
2.2

1.3
1.9
.9
1.6
4.5
1.8

3.8
2.4
2.7
2.7
3.2
1.8
2.6
2.8
3.2
.2
2.7
2.8
1.6
2.4
2.9
3.4
3.3
2.5
2.6
2.0
3.6

.1
.3
.7
.8
.1
.4
.3
1.1
.6
0
.2
.4

1. 6
Buffalo (Nov.1963=100)
Chicago
Cincinnati

1.6
2.4
1.6
1.8

2.1

Dallas (Nov.1963=100) Detroit
Honolulu (Dec.1963=100)

1.4
1.4
.1
1.0
.9
.9
.9

1.4
1.5
.1

i

1.3

Kansas City
Los Angeles-Long Beach
Minneapolis-St. Paul —
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh
St. Louis
San Francisco-Oakland Seattle
Washington
1/

1.5
1.1
1.4
.5
.7
1.3

See footnote 1, table 2.




i

1.1

1.0
1.3
1.1
1.7
1.3
1.4
.5
.7
2.0

- 1.2

.4
-

.3

.1
.2
-

-

.8

1.6
.4
m4
.1
.1
1.0
.9
.1
.4

-

1. 7
1.2
.6
.4
1.0
.2
1.5
2.6

.6
2.1
1.5
.5
- 3.3
- .9

3.3

-

.2

.3
.6
.2
1.9
.9
.3
-

.3

TABLE 7: Consumer Price Index—United States City Average
For Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, Food Items
August 1966 indexes and percent changes from selected dates
(1957-59=100 unless otherwise specified)

Item or Group

Total food
Food away from home
Restaurant meals
Snacks _1/
Food at home
Cereals and bakery products
Flour
Cracker meal \J
Corn flakes
Bread, white
Bread, whole wheat 1/
Cookies

Layer cake JL/
Cinnamon rolls 1/ —
Meats, poultry, and fish
Meats
Beef and veal
Steak, round
Steak, sirloin 2J
Steak, porterhouse 1/
Rump roast 1/
Rib roast
Chuck roast
Hamburger
Beef liver If
Veal cutlets

Pork
Oil O p S

—————••——»—»«».—__•_•-

Loin roast 2/
Pork sausage 1/
Ham, whole
Picnics 1/
Bacon
Other meats
Lamb chops 1/
Frankfurters
Ham, canned 1/
Bologna sausage J /
L
Salami sausage 1/
Liverwurst 1/
Poultry
Frying chicken
Chicken breasts J /
L
Turkey 1/
^
Fish
Shrimp, frozen 1/
Fish, fresh or frozen —
Tuna fish, canned
Sardines, canned JL/
Dairy products
Milk, fresh, grocery
Milk, fresh, delivered
Milk, fresh, skim 1/
Milk, evaporated
Ice cream

Cheese, American process Butter
See footnotes at end of table.




Index
August 1966
Seasonally
adjusted
Unadjusted

115.8
124.0
124.4
106.9
114.4
117.3
112.7
115.9
123.5
107.3
125.2
113.8
100.8
102.4
105.1
114.5
116.9
112.3
108.4
107.2
110.6
104.4
117.9
104.1
114.6
107.1
128.5
125.9
125.3
132.8
132.9
112.4
126.2
140.2
118.4
118.8
118.6
118.1
117.8
113.6
117.3
96.5
97.6
105.7
105.8
119.6
104.7
123.5
115.4
107.8
114.8
112.2
114.9
109.0
112.0
99.4
133.5
118.3

115.5

113.9

112.9
114.9
112.0
107.9

117.8
104.6
115.1
128.9
120.7
118.1
111.2
132.3
118.3
118.6

98.0
120.0
123.7
114.9
112.1

133.9
119.0

Percent change to August 1966 from —
July 1966
Augus t
Seasonally
1965
Unadjusted
adjusted
Unadjusted

1.3
.4
.4
.2
1.5
2.2
2.8
.1
.7
.4
4.6
5.3
2.5
.3
0
.2
.3
.1
1.5
.1
.8
.9
.2
.1
.3
1.6
.1
.7
.1
.1
.7
.4
.7
3.8
0
.1
.9
.7
.5
0
.8
.6
.8
.9
.9
.9
2.2
.5
.2
.8
3.4
3.1
2.4
3.9
1.6
4.7
3.2
6.7

2.0

2.3

1.1
1.2
1.1
.7

1.1
3.3
.3
.3
1.3
2.5
-

2.0

.5
.3

.5

1.1
.5
3.0
2.1

5.2
4.9
5.2
3.8
5.3
5.6
3.0
3.4
3.9
.8
9.8
10.6
1.6
5.1
4.4
4.3
3.9
2.0
.2
1.1
.3
.5
.8
.4
4.9
2.5
5.8
5.0
3.1
3.3
6.7
3.0
6.4
7.2
6.5
3.3
3.9
9.0
8.1
5.7
9.1
4.6
5.4
3.4
1.8
7.7
10.2
5.2
12.6
3.1
9.3
8.8
7.5
9.8
6.4

3.2
6.6

7.1
14.4
14.9

10

TABLE 7: Consumer Price Index—United States City Average
For Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, Food Items
August 1966 indexes and percent changes from selected dates—Continued
(1957-59-100 unless otherwise specified)

Item or Group

Fruits and vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Apples
Bananas
Orange juice, fresh 1/
Grapefruit
Grapes *
Strawberries * —
Watermelon *
Potatoes
Onions
Asparagus * 1/ —
Cabbage

Cucumbers 1/
Peppers, green 1/
Spinach 1/
Tomatoes
Processed fruits and vegetables
Fruit cocktail, canned
ir 6 & 1 T S f

GdXITlGQ.

1 /

»——«•-•••• — —— — *-"•» —— ^ « • — . •!-.•._ ..•-•_
•

Grapefruit-pineapple juice, canned 1/ —
Orange juice concentrate, frozen
Lemonade concentrate, frozen 2/
Beets, canned 1/
-=
Peas, green, canned
Tomatoes, canned
•
Dried beans
Broccoli, frozen 1/
•
Other food at home

Index
August 1966
Seasonally
Unadjusted
adjusted
122.3
132.4
171.6
97.7
128.7
85.5
178.3
108.8

121.4
131.0
136.4
97.1
124.8

113.4
137.4
159.7
*
160.0
118.9
127.9
103.1
140.6
137.4
102.0
105.8
109.6
99.9
102.3
96.6
92.4
87.6
104.1
116.6
113.1
123.6
96.9
104.9
110.5

140.9
129.7
146.2
*
179.0
113.2
131.9

153.2
110.1

Percent change to August 1966 from —
July ]Q66
Augus t
Seasonally
1965
adjusted
Unadjusted
Unadjusted
0.7
.9
6.5
5.2
8.4
1.2
9.5
- 27.7
5.8
2.1
10.3

6.6
10.6
9.6
4.1
5.9
6.5
4.5
*
24.6
13.8
13.7

18.0
4.2
1.2
22.7
15.2

30.5
3.0
12.7

30.7

93.5

12.9
0
.2
.6
.2
1.0
.6
.5
.3
.2
.6

105.1
113.4

2.7
17.7

153.2

144.3

14.3

.5

.4
2.1
11.6

6.7
9.2
20.8
1.3
7.1
5.1
9.0
2.7
*
37.8
19.
16.
*
46.
25.
10.
39.
20.
5.
23.
3.
3.
2.3
2.9
3.3
.8
6.1
.5
7.6
14.9
.7
2.9
22.1

Fats and oils:
Salad dressing, Italian 1 /
.
Salad or cooking oil 1/
Sugar and sweets

Grape j e l l y
G

Dd.1T

Syrup, chocolate flavored 1/
Nonalcoholic beverages
Coffee, can and bag
Coffee, instant 3/
Cola drink
Carbonated fruit drink 1/
/
Prepared and partially prepared foods 1/
Bean soup, canned 1/
Chicken soup, canned 17
p g ,
/
Spaghetti, canned 1/
Mashed potatoes, instant 1/
Potatoes, french fried, frozen 2/
Baby foods, canned
Sweet pickle relish 1/
Pretzels 1/
1/ December 1963-100.
2/ April 1960-100.
3/ July 1961-100.
*
Priced only in season.




104.3
101.6
121.9
110.9
110.5
116.4
93.1
99.3
100.9
94.0
100.1
100.3
130.2
105.
99.
97.
98,
104.
101,
85,
105,
104,
99.4

.7
.2
1.0
.2
.5
0
.2
.2
.1
0
.6
1.0
.2
.5
.1
.2
0
.1
.5
• 1.0
.2
.6
.7

2.1
1.4
10.5
2.6
2.7
.7
12.4
.5
.5
1.2
.1
.2
3.5
3.4
2.3
.5
1.0
4.1
8.9
11.2
1.9
2.7
.1

11

OLD SERIES

TABLE 8:

Consumer Price Index—Scranton
All items and commodity groups
August 1966 indexes and percent changes from selected dates
(1957-59-100)
Percent change from

—

Index

Group

May 1966

August 1965

All items
All items (1947-49-100) —

115.5
137.8

1.2

3.5

Food —
Food at home
Cereals and bakery products
Meats, poultry, and fish
—
Dairy products
Fruits and vegetables
Other foods at home —

113.7
112.0
117.2
118.1
105.9
112.4
104.5

1.4
1.6
3.0
.2
1.6
3.1
2.3

5.1
5.2
4.6
6.2
6.4
1.6
5.8

H o u s i n g *™•—•»»•—••»••••—^•—»• _»_—"*"~""

109.0
111.3
104.8
101.0
97.9
116.1

1.2
.5
0
2.6
.5
2.7

1.3
1.3
0
.5
2.8
2.5

Apparel
Men's and boys 1
—
Women's and girls'
Footwear
—
Other apparel

111.8
112.2
109.0
122.6
103.2

1.2
.3
1.1
3.6
0

Transportation
Private
Public

110.8
108,
125,

.5
.6
0

1.1
1.3
0

Medical care
Personal care
Reading and recreation
Other goods and services

135.3
123.1
157.7
115.8

.7
2.9
.6
1.6

4.2
3.6
5.8
2.4

Rent

•

•

Gas and electricity
Solid and petroleum fuels
Housefurnishings
Household operation




5.3
1.5
5.8
12.3
1.1

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Brief Explanation of the CPI
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures average changes in prices of goods
and services usually bought by urban wage earners and clerical workers, both families
and single persons living alone. It is based on prices of about 400 items which were
selected to represent the movement of prices of all goods and services purchased by
wage earners and clerical workers. Prices for these items are obtained in urban portions of 39 Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSA's) and 17 smaller cities,
which were chosen to represent all urban places in the United States, including
Alaska and Hawaii. They are collected from grocery and department stores, hospitals,
filling stations, and other types of stores and service establishments which wage
earners and clerical workers patronize.
Prices of foods, fuels, and a few other items are obtained every month in
all 56 locations. Prices of most other commodities and services are collected every
month in the 5 largest SMSA's and every 3 months in other SMSA's and cities• Mail
questionnaires are used to obtain local transit fares, public utility rates, newspaper prices, fuel prices, and certain other items which change in price infrequently.
Prices of most other goods and services are obtained by personal visits 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 all wage earners and clerical workers. SMSA and city data are then combined in the total index with weights based on the 1960 populations of SMSA's and
cities they represent. Index numbers are computed on the base 1957-59=100, and are
also available on the bases of 1947-49=100 and 1939=100.
The national index (the United States city average) includes prices trom
the 23 SMSA's for which separate indexes are published in this report, as well as
from the following additional locations:
Alabama - Florence
Alaska - Anchorage
California - Bakersfield*
Colorado - Denver*
Connecticut - Hartford*
Florida - Orlando*
Indiana - Indianapolis*
Indiana - Logansport
Illinois - Champaign-Urbana*
Iowa - Cedar Rapids*
Kansas - Wichita*

Louisiana - Baton Rouge*
Maine - Portland*
Massachusetts - Southbridge
Michigan - Niles
Minnesota - Crookston
Mississippi - Vicksburg
New Jersey - Millville
New York -Kingston
North Carolina - Durham*
North Dakota - Devils Lake
Ohio - Dayton*

Ohio - Findlay
Oklahoma - Mangum
Oregon - Klamath Falls
Pennsylvania - Lancaster*
South Carolina - Union
Tennessee - Nashville*
Texas - Austin*
Texas - McAllen
Utah - Orem
Virginia - Martinsville
Wisconsin - Green Bay*

*Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area
Comparisons of indexes for individual SMSA's show only that prices in one
location changed more or less than in another. The SMSA indexes cannot be used to
measure differences in price levels or in living costs between areas.
A description of the index and historical tables of index numbers for the
United States city average and for 23 large SMSA's are available on request to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, D. C. 20212 or any of its regional offices
(addresses below).
BLS Regional Offices
1371 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

341 Ninth Avenue
New York, New York 10001

219 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60604

450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94103

John F. Kennedy Fed. Bldg.
Boston, Massachusetts 02110

1365 Ontario Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44114