Consumer Price Index News Release

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                  Consumer Price Index - August 2009

 On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for all
 Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.4 percent in August, the Bureau of
 Labor Statistics reported today. The index has decreased 1.5 percent
 over the last 12 months on a not seasonally adjusted basis.
 
 The 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted increase in the CPI-U was driven
 by a 9.1 percent rise in the gasoline index. This increase accounted
 for almost the entire advance in the energy index and over 80 percent
 of the overall increase. Despite the August increase, the gasoline
 index has fallen 30.0 percent over the last 12 months.
 
 The indexes for food and for all items less food and energy both
 posted slight increases in August. The food index rose 0.1 percent
 following a 0.3 percent decline in July. The food at home index,
 which fell 0.5 percent in July, was unchanged in August. Of the six
 major grocery store food group indexes, three rose in August and
 three declined. The index for all items less food and energy also
 rose 0.1 percent in August, the second consecutive such increase.
 Increases in the indexes for used cars and trucks, medical care,
 public transportation and lodging away from home offset a decline in
 the new vehicle index. The index for all items less food and energy
 increased 1.4 percent over the last 12 months, the smallest 12-month
 increase in the index since February 2004.


Table A. Percent changes in CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city
 average
                                                                               
                                                                               
                                  Seasonally adjusted changes from             
                                          preceding month                      
                                                                          Un-  
                                                                       adjusted
                                                                        12-mos.
                              Feb.  Mar.  Apr.  May   June  July  Aug.   ended 
                              2009  2009  2009  2009  2009  2009  2009   Aug.  
                                                                         2009  
                                                                                                                                                              
 All items..................    .4   -.1    .0    .1    .7    .0    .4     -1.5
  Food......................   -.1   -.1   -.2   -.2    .0   -.3    .1       .4
   Food at home.............   -.4   -.4   -.6   -.5    .0   -.5    .0     -1.6
   Food away from home (1)..    .3    .1    .3    .1    .1    .1    .1      3.0
  Energy....................   3.3  -3.0  -2.4    .2   7.4   -.4   4.6    -23.0
   Energy commodities.......   6.9  -4.7  -2.6   2.3  16.2   -.4   8.5    -30.8
    Gasoline (all types)....   8.3  -4.0  -2.8   3.1  17.3   -.8   9.1    -30.0
    Fuel oil................  -3.8  -8.5   -.3  -3.3   4.8  -1.5   6.2    -39.9
   Energy services..........    .0  -1.4  -2.2  -1.7  -1.2   -.3    .0    -10.6
    Electricity.............    .5   -.2   -.6   -.4  -1.9   -.6   -.1     -1.2
    Utility (piped) gas                                                        
       service..............  -1.6  -4.8  -7.0  -5.7   1.3    .9    .4    -32.7
  All items less food and                                                      
     energy.................    .2    .2    .3    .1    .2    .1    .1      1.4
   Commodities less food and                                                   
      energy commodities....    .4    .4    .5    .2    .3    .2   -.3      1.1
    New vehicles............    .8    .6    .4    .5    .7    .5  -1.3       .5
    Used cars and trucks....  -1.7  -1.7   -.1   1.0    .9    .0   1.9     -5.4
    Apparel.................   1.3   -.2   -.2   -.2    .7    .6   -.1       .6
    Medical care commodities    .6    .2    .3    .4    .1   -.1    .5      3.7
   Services less energy                                                        
      services..............    .1    .1    .2    .1    .1    .0    .2      1.6
    Shelter.................    .0    .0    .2    .1    .1   -.2    .1       .9
    Transportation services     .4   -.1    .3   -.1   -.1    .5    .6      1.4
    Medical care services...    .3    .2    .4    .3    .2    .3    .2      3.2

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.


 Consumer Price Index Data for August 2009
 
 Energy
 
 The energy index rose 4.6 percent in August after falling 0.4 percent
 in July. The energy commodities index rose 8.5 percent as the
 gasoline index rose 9.1 percent in August following a 0.8 percent
 decline in July. (Before seasonal adjustment, gasoline prices rose
 3.3 percent in August.) The index for energy services was unchanged
 in August, with a 0.1 percent decline in the electricity index
 offsetting a 0.4 percent increase in the index for natural gas. Over
 the past 12 months, the energy index has fallen 23.0 percent, with
 the gasoline index falling 30.0 percent, the index for natural gas
 declining 32.7 percent, and the electricity index decreasing 1.2
 percent.
 
 Food
 
 The food index rose 0.1 percent in August, with the index for food
 away from home rising 0.1 percent and the food at home index
 unchanged. Within the latter group, the index for fruits and
 vegetables fell 0.7 percent in August following a 0.3 percent decline
 in July. The index for dairy and related products fell 0.4 percent in
 August, its ninth consecutive decline, and the index for cereals and
 bakery products decreased 0.1 percent. Offsetting these declines were
 increases of 0.4 percent in the indexes for meats, poultry, fish and
 eggs and for nonalcoholic beverages and a 0.2 percent increase in the
 index for other food at home. The food at home index has declined 2.5
 percent since its November 2008 peak. Over the past 12 months, the
 food index has risen 0.4 percent, with the food away from home index
 rising 3.0 percent and the food at home index declining 1.6 percent.

 All items less food and energy
 
 The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.1 percent in
 August, the same increase as in July.  Advances in the indexes for
 used cars and public transportation contributed to the increase. The
 used cars and trucks index, which was unchanged in July, rose 1.9
 percent in August. The public transportation index rose 1.3 percent
 in August as the airline fares index rose 1.7 percent. Also
 contributing was an upturn in the lodging away from home index, which
 rose 0.5 percent in August after declining 2.1 percent in July. This
 increase drove an upturn in the shelter index, which rose 0.1 percent
 in August after a 0.2 percent decline in July. The rent index was
 unchanged and the index for owners' equivalent rent increased 0.1
 percent. The medical care index rose 0.3 percent in August after a
 0.2 percent increase in July, and the index for recreation edged up
 0.1 percent. In contrast to these increases, the index for new
 vehicles fell 1.3 percent in August, partly due to "cash for
 clunkers" incentives. Also declining in August were the indexes for
 apparel, which fell 0.1 percent, and communication, which declined
 0.2 percent.
 
 
 Not seasonally adjusted CPI measures
 
 The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) decreased
 1.5 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 215.834
 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index increased 0.2 percent prior
 to seasonal adjustment.
 
 The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
 (CPI-W) decreased 1.9 percent over the last 12 months to an index
 level of 211.156 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index increased
 0.3 percent prior to seasonal adjustment.
 
 The Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U)
 decreased 1.5 percent over the last 12 months. For the month, the
 index increased 0.2 percent on a not seasonally adjusted basis.
 Please note that the indexes for the post-2007 period are subject to
 revision.
 
 
 The Consumer Price Index for September 2009 is scheduled to be
 released on Thursday, October 15, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).
















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 Brief Explanation of the CPI
      
 The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change in
 prices over time of goods and services purchased by households.  The
 Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes CPIs for two population groups:
 (1) the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W),
 which covers households of wage earners and clerical workers that
 comprise approximately 32 percent of the total population and (2) the
 CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) and the Chained CPI for All Urban
 Consumers (C-CPI-U), which cover approximately 87 percent of the
 total population and include in addition to wage earners and clerical
 worker households, groups such as professional, managerial, and
 technical workers, the self-employed, short-term workers, the
 unemployed, and retirees and others not in the labor force.
      
 The CPIs are based on prices of food, clothing, shelter, and fuels,
 transportation fares, charges for doctors' and dentists' services,
 drugs, and other goods and services that people buy for day-to-day
 living.  Prices are collected in 87 urban areas across the country
 from about 50,000 housing units and approximately 23,000 retail
 establishments-department stores, supermarkets, hospitals, filling
 stations, and other types of stores and service establishments.  All
 taxes directly associated with the purchase and use of items are
 included in the index.  Prices of fuels and a few other items are
 obtained every month in all 87 locations.  Prices of most other
 commodities and services are collected every month in the three
 largest geographic areas and every other month in other areas.
 Prices of most goods and services are obtained by personal visits or
 telephone calls of the Bureau's trained representatives.
      
 In calculating the index, price changes for the various items in each
 location are averaged together with weights, which represent their
 importance in the spending of the appropriate population group.
 Local data are then combined to obtain a U.S. city average.  For the
 CPI-U and CPI-W separate indexes are also published by size of city,
 by region of the country, for cross-classifications of regions and
 population-size classes, and for 27 local areas.  Area indexes do not
 measure differences in the level of prices among cities; they only
 measure the average change in prices for each area since the base
 period.  For the C-CPI-U data are issued only at the national level.
 It is important to note that the CPI-U and CPI-W are considered final
 when released, but the C-CPI-U is issued in preliminary form and
 subject to two annual revisions.
      
 The index measures price change from a designed reference date.  For
 the CPI-U and the CPI-W the reference base is 1982-84 equals 100.0.
 The reference base for the C-CPI-U is December 1999 equals 100.  An
 increase of 16.5 percent from the reference base, for example, is
 shown as 116.5.  This change can also be expressed in dollars as
 follows:  the price of a base period market basket of goods and
 services in the CPI has risen from $10 in 1982-84 to $11.65.
      
 For further details visit the CPI home page on the Internet at
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/ or contact our CPI Information and Analysis
 Section on (202) 691-7000.
      
 
 
 
 
 Note on Sampling Error in the Consumer Price Index
                                   
 The CPI is a statistical estimate that is subject to sampling error
 because it is based upon a sample of retail prices and not the
 complete universe of all prices.  BLS calculates and publishes
 estimates of the 1-month, 2-month, 6-month and 12-month percent
 change standard errors annually, for the CPI-U.  These standard error
 estimates can be used to construct confidence intervals for
 hypothesis testing.  For example, the estimated standard error of the
 1 month percent change is 0.04 percent for the U.S. All Items
 Consumer Price Index.  This means that if we repeatedly sample from
 the universe of all retail prices using the same methodology, and
 estimate a percentage change for each sample, then 95% of these
 estimates would be within 0.08 percent of the 1 month percentage
 change based on all retail prices.  For example, for a 1-month change
 of 0.2 percent in the All Items CPI for All Urban Consumers, we are
 95 percent confident that the actual percent change based on all
 retail prices would fall between 0.12 and 0.28 percent.  For the
 latest data, including information on how to use the estimates of
 standard error, see "Variance Estimates for Price Changes in the
 Consumer Price Index, January-December 2008".  These data are
 available on the CPI home page (http://www.bls.gov/cpi), or by using
 the following link http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpivar2008.pdf
      
 
 Calculating Index Changes
 
 Movements of the indexes from one month to another are usually
 expressed as percent changes rather than changes in index points,
 because index point changes are affected by the level of the index in
 relation to its base period while percent changes are not.  The
 example below illustrates the computation of index point and percent
 changes.
      
  Percent changes for 3-month and 6-month periods are expressed as
 annual rates and are computed according to the standard formula for
 compound growth rates.  These data indicate what the percent change
 would be if the current rate were maintained for a 12-month period.
 
 Index Point Change
 
 CPI
 202.416
 Less previous index
 201.800
 Equals index point change
 .616
 
 Percent Change
 
 Index point difference
 .616
 Divided by the previous index
 201.800
 Equals
 0.003
 Results multiplied by one hundred
 0.003x100
 Equals percent change
 0.3
 
 
 
 

Regions Defined

The states in the four regions shown in Tables 3 and 6 are listed
below.

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




 A Note on Seasonally Adjusted and Unadjusted Data
 
 Because price data are used for different purposes by different
 groups, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes seasonally adjusted
 as well as unadjusted changes each month.
 
 For analyzing general price trends in the economy, seasonally
 adjusted changes are usually preferred since they eliminate the
 effect of changes that normally occur at the same time and in about
 the same magnitude every year--such as price movements resulting from
 changing climatic conditions, production cycles, model changeovers,
 holidays, and sales.
 
 The unadjusted data are of primary interest to consumers concerned
 about the prices they actually pay.  Unadjusted data also are used
 extensively for escalation purposes.  Many collective bargaining
 contract agreements and pension plans, for example, tie compensation
 changes to the Consumer Price Index before adjustment for seasonal
 variation.
 
 Seasonal factors used in computing the seasonally adjusted indexes
 are derived by the X-12-ARIMA Seasonal Adjustment Method.  Seasonally
 adjusted indexes and seasonal factors are computed annually.  Each
 year, the last 5 years of seasonally adjusted data are revised.  Data
 from January 2004 through December 2008 were replaced in January
 2009.  Exceptions to the usual revision schedule were: the updated
 seasonal data at the end of 1977 replaced data from 1967 through
 1977; and, in January 2002, dependently seasonally adjusted series
 were revised for January 1987-December 2001 as a result of a change
 in the aggregation weights for dependently adjusted series. For
 further information, please see "Aggregation of Dependently Adjusted
 Seasonally Adjusted Series," in the October 2001 issue of the CPI
 Detailed Report.
 
 The seasonal movement of all items and 54 other aggregations is
 derived by combining the seasonal movement of 73 selected components.
 Each year the seasonal status of every series is reevaluated based
 upon certain statistical criteria.  If any of the 73 components
 change their seasonal adjustment status from seasonally adjusted to
 not seasonally adjusted, not seasonally adjusted data will be used in
 the aggregation of the dependent series for the last 5 years, but the
 seasonally adjusted indexes will be used before that period.  Note:
 47 of the 73 components are seasonally adjusted for 2009.
 
 Seasonally adjusted data, including the all items index levels, are
 subject to revision for up to five years after their original
 release.  For this reason, BLS advises against the use of these data
 in escalation agreements.
 
 Effective with the calculation of the seasonal factors for 1990, the
 Bureau of Labor Statistics has used an enhanced seasonal adjustment
 procedure called Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment for some
 CPI series.  Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment allows for
 better estimates of seasonally adjusted data.  Extreme values and/or
 sharp movements which might distort the seasonal pattern are
 estimated and removed from the data prior to calculation of seasonal
 factors.  Beginning with the calculation of seasonal factors for
 1996, X-12-ARIMA software was used for Intervention Analysis Seasonal
 Adjustment.
 
 For the seasonal factors introduced in January 2009, BLS adjusted 29
 series using Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment, including
 selected food and beverage items, motor fuels, electricity and
 vehicles.  For example, this procedure was used for the Motor fuel
 series to offset the effects of events such as damage to oil
 refineries from Hurricane Katrina.
 
 For a complete list of Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment
 series and explanations, please refer to the article "Intervention
 Analysis Seasonal Adjustment", located on our website at
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpisapage.htm.
 
 For additional information on seasonal adjustment in the CPI, please
 write to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Division of Consumer Prices
 and Price Indexes, Washington, DC 20212 or contact Jeff Wilson at
 (202) 691-6968, or by e-mail at Wilson.Jeff@bls.gov.  If you have
 general questions about the CPI, please call our information staff at
 (202) 691-7000.
 


 Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city average, by expenditure category and commodity
 and service group

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                    Unadjusted                          
                                                             Unadjusted indexes   percent change   Seasonally adjusted  
                                                 Relative                          to Aug. 2009    percent change from- 
                     CPI-U                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2008       July       Aug.                      May     June    July 
                                                              2009       2009      Aug.    July     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2008    2009    June    July    Aug. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    215.351    215.834    -1.5     0.2     0.7     0.0     0.4 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    645.096    646.544       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     15.757    217.608    217.701     0.6     0.0     0.1    -0.2     0.1 
   Food.......................................     14.629    217.257    217.350     0.4     0.0     0.0    -0.3     0.1 
    Food at home..............................      8.156    213.815    213.722    -1.6     0.0     0.0    -0.5     0.0 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.150    253.391    252.382     0.9    -0.4     0.0    -0.1    -0.1 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      1.898    201.743    202.911    -2.2     0.6    -0.2    -1.3     0.4 
     Dairy and related products (1)...........       .910    193.118    192.381   -10.4    -0.4    -0.9    -0.6    -0.4 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.194    270.940    267.309    -5.6    -1.3     1.1    -0.3    -0.7 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................       .982    162.069    162.953     1.8     0.5     0.1    -0.3     0.4 
     Other food at home.......................      2.022    190.967    191.317     2.3     0.2     0.0    -0.3     0.2 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .300    195.126    195.430     4.1     0.2     0.2    -1.3     0.4 
      Fats and oils...........................       .241    201.031    200.578    -1.2    -0.2     0.6    -0.3     0.1 
      Other foods.............................      1.481    205.544    206.064     2.5     0.3    -0.2    -0.1     0.2 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .433    121.990    121.892     0.7    -0.1    -0.5    -0.2    -0.1 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.474    223.345    223.675     3.0     0.1     0.1     0.1     0.1 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .314    156.570    156.697     3.7     0.1     0.5     0.5     0.1 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.127    220.850    220.946     2.7     0.0     0.2     0.3     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     43.421    218.085    217.827    -0.6    -0.1     0.0    -0.2     0.1 
   Shelter....................................     33.200    250.310    250.248     0.9     0.0     0.1    -0.2     0.1 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      5.957    248.994    249.029     2.0     0.0     0.1     0.0     0.0 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      2.478    139.424    137.454    -7.8    -1.4     0.3    -2.1     0.5 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................     24.433    256.872    257.155     1.7     0.1     0.1     0.0     0.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .333    121.298    121.830     2.8     0.4     0.3     0.2     0.4 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.431    212.961    212.661    -9.8    -0.1    -0.8    -0.1     0.4 
    Household energy..........................      4.460    190.534    189.735   -12.7    -0.4    -1.0    -0.3     0.2 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .301    230.192    237.521   -35.4     3.2     2.0    -1.1     3.9 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      4.159    196.767    195.475   -10.6    -0.7    -1.2    -0.3     0.0 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................       .971    161.403    163.136     5.8     1.1     0.4     0.6     0.8 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.790    129.267    128.304     0.2    -0.7     0.0    -0.1    -0.6 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .781    149.983    150.494     0.9     0.3     0.4     0.0     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.691    115.620    117.130     0.6     1.3     0.7     0.6    -0.1 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................       .923    109.744    110.835     0.6     1.0    -0.5    -0.7     0.6 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.541    101.688    103.991    -0.2     2.3     1.6     1.2    -0.3 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .183    111.022    113.673     3.8     2.4     2.2    -0.7     1.2 
   Footwear...................................       .688    124.405    125.292     2.7     0.7     0.2     1.1    -0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     15.314    182.798    184.386   -10.8     0.9     4.2     0.2     2.3 
   Private transportation.....................     14.189    178.330    179.987   -10.8     0.9     4.5     0.1     2.4 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      6.931     93.413     93.126    -0.1    -0.3     0.4     0.3    -0.4 
     New vehicles.............................      4.480    136.055    134.080     0.5    -1.5     0.7     0.5    -1.3 
     Used cars and trucks.....................      1.628    125.061    128.028    -5.4     2.4     0.9     0.0     1.9 
    Motor fuel................................      3.164    217.860    225.089   -30.5     3.3    17.2    -0.4     8.8 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      2.964    217.945    225.179   -30.0     3.3    17.3    -0.8     9.1 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .382    133.729    133.531     2.5    -0.1    -0.1    -0.4    -0.1 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair (1)..      1.188    243.031    243.494     3.1     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.2 
   Public transportation......................      1.125    238.932    238.997   -11.0     0.0    -0.5     1.9     1.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      6.390    375.739    376.537     3.3     0.2     0.2     0.2     0.3 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.625    304.229    305.797     3.7     0.5     0.1    -0.1     0.5 
   Medical care services......................      4.765    397.868    398.303     3.2     0.1     0.2     0.3     0.2 
    Professional services.....................      2.702    320.076    320.252     2.5     0.1     0.3     0.1     0.1 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.545    568.315    570.150     6.5     0.3     0.4     0.7     0.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.741    114.619    114.755     0.9     0.1     0.5     0.0     0.1 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.822    101.614    101.474    -1.0    -0.1     0.4    -0.2    -0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.301    126.914    128.128     2.8     1.0     0.2     0.3     0.2 
   Education (2)..............................      3.107    189.184    193.161     5.4     2.1     0.4     0.5     0.5 
    Educational books and supplies............       .221    481.768    490.102     6.8     1.7     1.2     1.2     0.6 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.886    543.810    555.402     5.3     2.1     0.3     0.5     0.5 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.194     85.056     84.913     0.3    -0.2    -0.1     0.1    -0.2 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      3.022     81.991     81.835     0.0    -0.2    -0.2     0.1    -0.2 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.408    102.643    102.674     1.4     0.0    -0.1     0.5     0.0 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................       .614      9.604      9.499    -5.1    -1.1    -0.5    -1.3    -1.1 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (6)...................       .214     80.838     78.576   -15.4    -2.8    -1.1    -3.2    -2.8 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.386    372.894    372.699     7.4    -0.1     0.3     0.8     0.1 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........       .776    762.907    763.634    27.8     0.1     0.8     2.2     0.1 
   Personal care..............................      2.610    204.571    204.352     1.4    -0.1     0.1     0.2     0.1 
    Personal care products (1)................       .651    162.887    162.476     2.0    -0.3    -0.5     0.4    -0.3 
    Personal care services (1)................       .647    227.325    227.580     1.5     0.1     0.0    -0.1     0.1 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........      1.074    344.367    345.137     1.2     0.2     0.4     0.5     0.2 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     39.556    170.483    171.081    -4.5     0.4     1.8     0.0     0.8 
  Food and beverages..........................     15.757    217.608    217.701     0.6     0.0     0.1    -0.2     0.1 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     23.799    145.742    146.528    -7.4     0.5     2.9     0.1     1.2 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     13.289    181.755    184.366   -11.1     1.4     4.9     0.5     3.1 
    Apparel...................................      3.691    115.620    117.130     0.6     1.3     0.7     0.6    -0.1 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................      9.598    227.038    230.396   -14.3     1.5     6.6     0.2     4.2 
   Durables...................................     10.510    109.924    109.129    -1.5    -0.7     0.3     0.0    -0.6 
 Services.....................................     60.444    259.992    260.355     0.7     0.1     0.1     0.0     0.2 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     32.867    260.935    260.858     0.9     0.0     0.0    -0.2     0.1 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .333    121.298    121.830     2.8     0.4     0.3     0.2     0.4 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      4.159    196.767    195.475   -10.6    -0.7    -1.2    -0.3     0.0 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................       .971    161.403    163.136     5.8     1.1     0.4     0.6     0.8 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .781    149.983    150.494     0.9     0.3     0.4     0.0     0.3 
  Transportation services.....................      5.567    251.184    252.234     1.4     0.4    -0.1     0.5     0.6 
  Medical care services.......................      4.765    397.868    398.303     3.2     0.1     0.2     0.3     0.2 
  Other services..............................     11.002    303.761    305.890     2.7     0.7     0.4     0.3     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     85.371    215.069    215.617    -1.8     0.3     0.9     0.0     0.5 
 All items less shelter.......................     66.800    204.069    204.776    -2.6     0.3     1.1     0.1     0.6 
 All items less medical care..................     93.610    207.388    207.855    -1.8     0.2     0.8     0.0     0.5 
 Commodities less food........................     24.926    148.386    149.155    -7.0     0.5     2.7     0.1     1.2 
 Nondurables less food........................     14.416    184.090    186.552   -10.2     1.3     4.5     0.5     2.9 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     10.726    225.410    228.446   -13.0     1.3     6.1     0.2     3.8 
 Nondurables..................................     29.046    199.746    201.191    -5.5     0.7     2.4     0.1     1.6 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     27.577    278.747    279.697     0.4     0.3     0.0     0.3     0.4 
 Services less medical care services..........     55.679    248.963    249.316     0.5     0.1     0.0     0.0     0.2 
 Energy.......................................      7.624    201.938    204.971   -23.0     1.5     7.4    -0.4     4.6 
 All items less energy........................     92.376    218.421    218.642     1.3     0.1     0.2     0.0     0.1 
  All items less food and energy..............     77.746    219.350    219.596     1.4     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.1 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     21.461    141.463    141.310     1.1    -0.1     0.3     0.2    -0.3 
    Energy commodities........................      3.465    219.922    227.204   -30.8     3.3    16.2    -0.4     8.5 
   Services less energy services..............     56.285    266.484    267.008     1.6     0.2     0.1     0.0     0.2 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .464     $ .463       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .155     $ .155       -       -       -       -       - 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated
 using a geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
   5 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   6 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
   - Data not available.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


 Table 2. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Seasonally adjusted U.S. city average, by expenditure category and
 commodity and service group

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                                                  Seasonally adjusted indexes        Seasonally adjusted annual rate percent change
                                                                                                          for                      
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                   CPI-U                                                                    3 months ended--            6 months   
                                                                                                                        ended--    
                                               May       June      July      Aug.                                                  
                                               2009      2009      2009      2009                                                  
                                                                                      Nov.    Feb.    May     Aug.    Feb.    Aug. 
                                                                                      2008    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  212.876   214.459   214.469   215.428    -9.4    -0.5    -0.2     4.9    -5.0     2.3 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  217.965   218.094   217.638   217.829     4.6     0.1    -2.0    -0.2     2.3    -1.1 
   Food....................................  217.738   217.838   217.291   217.478     4.5     0.0    -2.2    -0.5     2.2    -1.4 
    Food at home...........................  214.929   214.999   213.876   213.951     3.6    -2.8    -5.5    -1.8     0.4    -3.7 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  251.645   251.576   251.380   251.049     9.2     0.1    -4.2    -0.9     4.5    -2.6 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  204.679   204.365   201.738   202.601     3.9    -1.5    -6.9    -4.0     1.1    -5.5 
     Dairy and related products (1)........  196.055   194.197   193.118   192.381    -3.0   -15.1   -15.6    -7.3    -9.3   -11.5 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  273.037   276.092   275.379   273.410   -10.1    -9.6    -3.4     0.5    -9.8    -1.4 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  162.848   162.993   162.431   163.008     9.5    -1.5    -0.8     0.4     3.9    -0.2 
     Other food at home....................  190.643   190.637   190.071   190.494     9.7     4.0    -3.6    -0.3     6.8    -2.0 
      Sugar and sweets.....................  196.340   196.818   194.193   194.991    11.0    10.0    -1.3    -2.7    10.5    -2.0 
      Fats and oils........................  199.782   201.067   200.428   200.546     9.9    -7.7    -7.5     1.5     0.7    -3.1 
      Other foods..........................  205.011   204.694   204.528   204.958     9.4     4.8    -3.5    -0.1     7.1    -1.8 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  122.838   122.224   121.990   121.892     8.6    -3.1     0.8    -3.0     2.6    -1.1 
    Food away from home (1)................  223.023   223.163   223.345   223.675     5.6     3.5     1.9     1.2     4.6     1.5 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  155.099   155.841   156.570   156.697     7.7     2.0     1.0     4.2     4.8     2.6 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  219.601   220.105   220.815   221.072     5.6     1.8     0.8     2.7     3.7     1.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  217.056   216.984   216.612   216.726    -0.7     0.0    -1.0    -0.6    -0.4    -0.8 
   Shelter.................................  249.680   249.861   249.410   249.658     1.8     0.7     1.3     0.0     1.3     0.6 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  249.233   249.374   249.293   249.266     3.4     2.6     1.9     0.1     3.0     1.0 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  134.136   134.507   131.742   132.411    -5.9   -13.2    -6.9    -5.0    -9.6    -6.0 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                             
        residence (3) (4)..................  257.003   257.138   257.073   257.278     2.3     1.8     2.1     0.4     2.1     1.2 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  120.728   121.083   121.298   121.830     5.8     1.5     0.1     3.7     3.6     1.9 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  207.903   206.342   206.046   206.783   -16.1    -4.8   -16.1    -2.1   -10.6    -9.4 
    Household energy.......................  185.399   183.526   182.927   183.374   -20.1    -6.2   -20.6    -4.3   -13.4   -12.8 
     Fuel oil and other fuels..............  220.321   224.706   222.296   231.023   -58.3   -41.5   -41.1    20.9   -50.6   -15.6 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3).......  191.671   189.362   188.839   188.839   -15.5    -2.9   -19.0    -5.8    -9.4   -12.6 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  159.821   160.401   161.408   162.756     6.5     2.4     7.0     7.6     4.4     7.3 
   Household furnishings and operations....  129.413   129.428   129.254   128.471     1.7     0.9     1.3    -2.9     1.3    -0.8 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  149.468   149.995   149.983   150.494     2.2     0.4    -1.8     2.8     1.3     0.5 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  119.345   120.183   120.865   120.756    -3.5     3.9    -2.3     4.8     0.1     1.2 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  114.561   114.009   113.251   113.938    -4.2    16.1    -5.9    -2.2     5.5    -4.1 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  106.667   108.388   109.695   109.390    -8.2     0.3    -2.6    10.6    -4.1     3.8 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  113.149   115.667   114.831   116.235     6.7    -3.7     1.3    11.4     1.4     6.2 
   Footwear................................  126.182   126.438   127.790   127.504     3.0     0.5     3.1     4.3     1.7     3.7 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  171.635   178.843   179.180   183.312   -45.7    -7.4    -2.6    30.1   -29.1    12.6 
   Private transportation..................  167.234   174.831   174.949   179.110   -47.1    -6.5    -2.0    31.6   -29.7    13.6 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   92.847    93.227    93.501    93.155    -6.9     1.7     3.7     1.3    -2.7     2.5 
     New vehicles..........................  135.284   136.179   136.826   135.030    -6.3     3.1     6.4    -0.7    -1.7     2.8 
     Used cars and trucks..................  122.788   123.851   123.848   126.157   -16.0   -11.9    -3.1    11.4   -14.0     3.9 
    Motor fuel.............................  173.872   203.703   202.924   220.836   -85.0   -28.4   -16.8   160.2   -67.2    47.2 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  173.954   204.131   202.498   220.967   -85.4   -26.6   -14.1   160.4   -67.2    49.6 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  134.347   134.270   133.729   133.531     8.3     3.5     0.7    -2.4     5.9    -0.9 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair                                                                                           
        (1)................................  242.488   242.683   243.031   243.494     5.0     4.5     1.3     1.7     4.8     1.5 
   Public transportation...................  228.210   227.003   231.418   234.384   -22.7   -18.4   -10.5    11.3   -20.6    -0.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  374.402   375.203   375.851   376.919     2.7     4.3     3.5     2.7     3.5     3.1 
   Medical care commodities................  304.426   304.820   304.406   306.029     3.3     5.6     3.6     2.1     4.4     2.9 
   Medical care services...................  395.884   396.846   397.947   398.742     2.5     3.8     3.5     2.9     3.2     3.2 
    Professional services..................  318.499   319.339   319.810   320.262     2.6     2.4     2.8     2.2     2.5     2.5 
    Hospital and related services (3)......  563.594   565.707   569.494   572.422     4.2     8.5     6.9     6.4     6.3     6.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  114.044   114.592   114.612   114.731     1.5     1.0    -1.6     2.4     1.3     0.4 
   Video and audio (2).....................  101.488   101.920   101.741   101.530    -1.8    -1.9    -0.6     0.2    -1.9    -0.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  127.169   127.366   127.751   127.967     2.2     3.3     3.1     2.5     2.7     2.8 
   Education (2)...........................  189.968   190.734   191.709   192.686     4.9     5.1     5.9     5.8     5.0     5.9 
    Educational books and supplies.........  474.581   480.501   486.256   489.280     4.2     4.5     5.7    13.0     4.4     9.3 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  546.880   548.730   551.241   554.000     5.0     5.1     6.0     5.3     5.1     5.6 
   Communication (2).......................   85.049    84.972    85.053    84.909    -0.4     1.6     0.5    -0.7     0.6    -0.1 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (1) (2)............................   82.038    81.909    81.991    81.835    -0.4     1.6    -0.1    -1.0     0.6    -0.5 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............  102.267   102.182   102.643   102.674     0.9     1.4     1.5     1.6     1.2     1.5 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (1) (5)..................    9.775     9.731     9.604     9.499    -5.7     2.4    -5.9   -10.8    -1.7    -8.4 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (1) (6)................   84.366    83.476    80.838    78.576   -15.9    -5.7   -14.3   -24.8   -10.9   -19.7 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  369.237   370.235   373.084   373.425     1.9     2.0    22.3     4.6     2.0    13.1 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  740.311   746.283   762.907   763.634     1.7     8.1   114.7    13.2     4.8    55.9 
   Personal care...........................  204.078   204.231   204.714   204.899     2.0     0.3     1.5     1.6     1.2     1.6 
    Personal care products (1).............  163.051   162.301   162.887   162.476     4.5     3.8     1.3    -1.4     4.1     0.0 
    Personal care services (1).............  227.607   227.572   227.325   227.580     3.7    -0.5     3.1     0.0     1.6     1.5 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  341.763   343.178   344.739   345.448    -0.2     0.4     0.3     4.4     0.1     2.3 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  166.959   169.920   169.875   171.236   -21.8    -2.9    -0.6    10.6   -12.9     4.9 
  Food and beverages.......................  217.965   218.094   217.638   217.829     4.6     0.1    -2.0    -0.2     2.3    -1.1 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  140.736   144.765   144.891   146.689   -34.2    -4.8     0.4    18.0   -20.9     8.8 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  170.782   179.090   179.986   185.567   -49.9    -5.8    -4.8    39.4   -31.3    15.2 
    Apparel................................  119.345   120.183   120.865   120.756    -3.5     3.9    -2.3     4.8     0.1     1.2 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  206.581   220.257   220.790   230.120   -59.4    -8.7    -5.3    54.0   -39.1    20.8 
   Durables................................  109.576   109.957   109.926   109.238    -5.5    -1.3     2.2    -1.2    -3.4     0.5 
 Services..................................  258.637   258.780   258.833   259.344     0.4     1.3     0.0     1.1     0.8     0.5 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  260.188   260.267   259.779   260.033     2.1     0.6     1.1    -0.2     1.4     0.4 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   120.728   121.083   121.298   121.830     5.8     1.5     0.1     3.7     3.6     1.9 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  191.671   189.362   188.839   188.839   -15.5    -2.9   -19.0    -5.8    -9.4   -12.6 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  159.821   160.401   161.408   162.756     6.5     2.4     7.0     7.6     4.4     7.3 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  149.468   149.995   149.983   150.494     2.2     0.4    -1.8     2.8     1.3     0.5 
  Transportation services..................  248.944   248.652   249.855   251.455    -1.6     2.7     0.6     4.1     0.5     2.3 
  Medical care services....................  395.884   396.846   397.947   398.742     2.5     3.8     3.5     2.9     3.2     3.2 
  Other services...........................  302.653   303.902   304.916   305.733     2.2     2.8     1.5     4.1     2.5     2.8 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  212.111   213.936   214.037   215.123   -11.5    -0.6     0.1     5.8    -6.2     2.9 
 All items less shelter....................  200.829   202.989   203.183   204.437   -14.3    -1.0    -1.0     7.4    -7.9     3.1 
 All items less medical care...............  204.892   206.490   206.476   207.422   -10.1    -0.8    -0.5     5.0    -5.6     2.2 
 Commodities less food.....................  143.471   147.413   147.555   149.315   -32.9    -4.6     0.4    17.3   -20.0     8.5 
 Nondurables less food.....................  173.715   181.572   182.401   187.699   -47.5    -5.0    -4.4    36.3   -29.4    14.2 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  206.725   219.267   219.772   228.214   -56.1    -7.2    -5.1    48.5   -36.2    18.7 
 Nondurables...............................  193.862   198.515   198.640   201.800   -27.8    -2.0    -4.0    17.4   -15.9     6.2 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  276.222   276.247   276.955   277.946    -1.0     2.1    -2.0     2.5     0.5     0.2 
 Services less medical care services.......  247.547   247.530   247.503   248.063     0.5     1.1    -0.6     0.8     0.8     0.1 
 Energy....................................  178.340   191.584   190.905   199.667   -67.0   -17.4   -18.9    57.1   -47.8    12.9 
 All items less energy.....................  218.126   218.507   218.588   218.743     1.2     1.2     1.6     1.1     1.2     1.4 
  All items less food and energy...........  218.910   219.344   219.543   219.692     0.6     1.5     2.3     1.4     1.1     1.9 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  141.817   142.300   142.612   142.179    -2.2     1.2     4.4     1.0    -0.5     2.7 
    Energy commodities.....................  177.449   206.131   205.261   222.805   -83.9   -29.4   -18.7   148.5   -66.3    42.2 
   Services less energy services...........  265.491   265.873   265.982   266.543     1.7     1.6     1.5     1.6     1.6     1.6 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated using a
 geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
   5 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   6 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


 Table 3. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Selected areas, all items index 

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                   All items                                      
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                       Indexes                 Percent change to Percent change to
                    CPI-U                      Pricing                                          Aug. 2009 from--   July 2009 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      May       June      July      Aug.                                      
                                                          2009      2009      2009      2009    Aug.  June  July  July  May   June
                                                                                                2008  2009  2009  2008  2009  2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      213.856   215.693   215.351   215.834  -1.5   0.1   0.2  -2.1   0.7  -0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      228.136   229.930   230.154   230.883  -1.2   0.4   0.3  -1.9   0.9   0.1 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      230.611   232.058   232.416   233.314  -1.2   0.5   0.4  -1.7   0.8   0.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      134.857   136.488   136.417   136.598  -1.4   0.1   0.1  -2.3   1.2  -0.1 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      203.195   205.350   204.814   205.632  -1.8   0.1   0.4  -2.5   0.8  -0.3 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      204.443   206.308   205.656   206.591  -1.8   0.1   0.5  -2.5   0.6  -0.3 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      129.967   131.640   131.366   131.748  -1.7   0.1   0.3  -2.4   1.1  -0.2 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      198.911   201.157   200.908   201.823  -2.1   0.3   0.5  -2.7   1.0  -0.1 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      207.265   209.343   208.819   209.000  -1.6  -0.2   0.1  -2.1   0.7  -0.3 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      209.235   211.390   211.034   211.436  -1.4   0.0   0.2  -2.0   0.9  -0.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      131.777   133.056   132.736   132.729  -1.7  -0.2   0.0  -2.1   0.7  -0.2 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      209.563   211.815   210.491   210.899  -1.7  -0.4   0.2  -2.2   0.4  -0.6 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      218.567   219.865   219.484   219.884  -1.3   0.0   0.2  -2.0   0.4  -0.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      222.659   223.908   223.498   224.072  -1.1   0.1   0.3  -1.8   0.4  -0.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      131.990   132.952   132.774   132.756  -1.8  -0.1   0.0  -2.4   0.6  -0.1 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      195.745   197.214   196.987   197.614  -1.3   0.2   0.3  -2.0   0.6  -0.1 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      131.876   133.220   132.975   133.069  -1.7  -0.1   0.1  -2.3   0.8  -0.2 
   D.........................................    M      206.717   208.543   207.784   208.369  -1.8  -0.1   0.3  -2.2   0.5  -0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      209.809   211.010   210.906   211.441  -2.1   0.2   0.3  -3.0   0.5   0.0 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      222.522   223.906   224.010   224.507  -1.7   0.3   0.2  -2.6   0.7   0.0 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      235.975   237.172   237.600   238.282  -0.9   0.5   0.3  -1.1   0.7   0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1      231.891         -   233.018         -     -     -     -  -3.4   0.5     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1      200.196         -   200.558         -     -     -     -  -3.1   0.2     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1      199.311         -   200.663         -     -     -     -  -2.8   0.7     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1      139.311         -   140.810         -     -     -     -  -0.9   1.1     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2            -   203.585         -   203.351  -3.8  -0.1     -     -     -     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2            -   204.537         -   204.673  -2.3   0.1     -     -     -     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2            -   192.325         -   191.687  -0.5  -0.3     -     -     -     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2            -   221.485         -   221.306  -1.8  -0.1     -     -     -     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2            -   223.810         -   226.039  -1.0   1.0     -     -     -     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2            -   225.692         -   225.801   0.2   0.0     -     -     -     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2            -   227.257         -   227.138  -0.3  -0.1     -     -     -     - 

   1 Areas on pricing schedule 2 (see Table 10) will appear next month. 
   2 Regions defined as the four Census regions.  See technical notes.
   3 Indexes on a December 1996=100 base.
   4 Indexes on a December 1986=100 base.
   5 In addition, the following metropolitan areas are published semiannually and appear in Tables 34 and 39 of the January and
 July issues of the CPI Detailed Report: Anchorage, AK; Cincinnati-Hamilton, OH-KY-IN; Denver-Boulder-Greeley, CO; Honolulu, HI;
 Kansas City, MO-KS; Milwaukee-Racine, WI; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI; Phoenix-Mesa, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland-Salem, OR-WA;
 St. Louis, MO-IL; San Diego, CA; Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL.
   6 Indexes on a November 1996=100 base.
   - Data not available.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


 Table 4. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): U.S. city average, by expenditure
 category and commodity and service group

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                    Unadjusted                          
                                                             Unadjusted indexes   percent change   Seasonally adjusted  
                                                 Relative                          to Aug. 2009    percent change from- 
                     CPI-W                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2008       July       Aug.                      May     June    July 
                                                              2009       2009      Aug.    July     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2008    2009    June    July    Aug. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    210.526    211.156    -1.9     0.3     0.9     0.0     0.6 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    627.093    628.970       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     16.942    216.805    216.957     0.5     0.1     0.0    -0.2     0.1 
   Food.......................................     15.865    216.384    216.539     0.3     0.1     0.0    -0.3     0.1 
    Food at home..............................      9.201    212.628    212.623    -1.7     0.0     0.0    -0.5     0.0 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.249    253.969    252.932     0.8    -0.4     0.0    -0.1    -0.1 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      2.315    201.261    202.483    -2.3     0.6    -0.3    -1.3     0.4 
     Dairy and related products (1)...........       .992    191.783    191.048   -10.8    -0.4    -0.9    -0.6    -0.4 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.266    269.316    265.730    -5.8    -1.3     1.3    -0.1    -0.9 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................      1.167    161.650    162.433     2.1     0.5     0.0    -0.4     0.3 
     Other food at home.......................      2.212    190.235    190.704     2.3     0.2     0.0    -0.3     0.3 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .304    194.005    194.511     4.1     0.3     0.5    -1.4     0.5 
      Fats and oils...........................       .274    201.666    201.199    -1.2    -0.2     0.7    -0.4     0.1 
      Other foods.............................      1.634    205.549    206.210     2.5     0.3    -0.2    -0.1     0.3 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .472    122.119    122.217     0.6     0.1    -0.5    -0.3     0.1 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.664    223.408    223.789     3.1     0.2     0.0     0.1     0.2 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .233    156.904    156.769     4.3    -0.1     0.4     1.2    -0.1 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.077    221.517    221.618     3.1     0.0     0.2     0.4     0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     41.313    214.029    213.824    -0.4    -0.1    -0.1    -0.1     0.0 
   Shelter....................................     31.224    243.248    243.279     1.4     0.0     0.1    -0.1     0.1 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      8.279    247.573    247.601     1.9     0.0     0.0     0.0     0.0 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      1.209    140.873    138.543    -6.6    -1.7     0.4    -1.6     0.2 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................     21.430    232.723    232.977     1.6     0.1     0.0     0.0     0.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .306    121.765    122.254     2.8     0.4     0.3     0.2     0.4 
   Fuels and utilities........................      6.030    212.276    211.808    -9.2    -0.2    -0.7    -0.1     0.3 
    Household energy..........................      4.996    189.082    188.125   -12.0    -0.5    -0.9    -0.3     0.1 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .283    233.018    239.435   -34.1     2.8     1.4    -1.1     3.7 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      4.713    195.547    194.211   -10.3    -0.7    -1.0    -0.2    -0.1 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................      1.035    161.790    163.567     5.9     1.1     0.4     0.6     0.9 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.059    125.160    124.219     0.2    -0.8    -0.1    -0.1    -0.6 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .360    152.577    153.667     1.0     0.7     0.4    -0.1     0.7 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.979    115.516    117.095     0.8     1.4     0.7     0.6     0.0 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................      1.024    110.558    111.629     1.0     1.0    -0.6    -0.4     0.7 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.568    101.289    103.727    -0.8     2.4     1.6     1.3    -0.2 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .249    113.744    116.482     4.4     2.4     2.3    -0.6     0.8 
   Footwear...................................       .840    125.046    125.880     3.2     0.7     0.5     1.0    -0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     17.067    180.419    182.541   -12.2     1.2     4.8     0.1     2.7 
   Private transportation.....................     16.284    177.197    179.368   -12.2     1.2     5.1     0.0     2.8 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      7.627     90.973     91.129    -1.3     0.2     0.6     0.2     0.1 
     New vehicles.............................      4.057    137.082    135.130     0.4    -1.4     0.8     0.5    -1.3 
     Used cars and trucks.....................      2.863    125.817    128.781    -5.4     2.4     0.9     0.0     1.9 
    Motor fuel................................      4.029    218.560    225.797   -30.5     3.3    17.2    -0.5     8.8 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      3.770    218.757    226.007   -30.0     3.3    17.4    -0.9     9.1 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .482    133.787    133.587     2.6    -0.1    -0.1    -0.4    -0.1 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair (1)..      1.242    245.421    245.871     3.1     0.2     0.0     0.1     0.2 
   Public transportation......................       .784    236.963    237.029   -10.5     0.0    -0.2     2.0     1.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      5.355    376.161    377.007     3.4     0.2     0.2     0.2     0.3 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.320    295.871    297.379     3.7     0.5     0.1    -0.2     0.5 
   Medical care services......................      4.035    399.677    400.204     3.3     0.1     0.2     0.3     0.2 
    Professional services.....................      2.234    322.759    322.964     2.6     0.1     0.3     0.1     0.1 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.338    565.448    567.545     6.7     0.4     0.4     0.7     0.6 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.454    111.416    111.453     0.7     0.0     0.4     0.0     0.0 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.982    101.982    101.867    -0.8    -0.1     0.5    -0.1    -0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.221    122.699    123.579     2.3     0.7     0.1     0.3     0.1 
   Education (2)..............................      2.527    186.596    190.222     5.2     1.9     0.4     0.6     0.4 
    Educational books and supplies............       .219    485.218    493.615     7.1     1.7     1.3     1.3     0.4 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.308    524.523    534.825     5.0     2.0     0.3     0.5     0.5 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.694     87.780     87.667     0.3    -0.1    -0.1     0.1    -0.1 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      3.568     85.653     85.532     0.2    -0.1    -0.1     0.2    -0.1 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.965    102.587    102.613     1.3     0.0    -0.1     0.4     0.0 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................       .604     10.113     10.012    -4.9    -1.0    -0.3    -1.2    -1.0 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (6)...................       .202     80.736     78.480   -15.6    -2.8    -0.9    -3.1    -2.8 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.668    398.448    398.228    10.6    -0.1     0.3     1.0     0.1 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........      1.267    768.005    768.483    28.1     0.1     0.8     2.1     0.1 
   Personal care..............................      2.401    202.490    202.221     1.4    -0.1     0.0     0.2     0.1 
    Personal care products (1)................       .662    162.767    162.415     1.9    -0.2    -0.6     0.4    -0.2 
    Personal care services (1)................       .580    227.512    227.751     1.5     0.1     0.0    -0.1     0.1 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........       .947    346.525    347.402     1.3     0.3     0.3     0.4     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     42.689    172.493    173.379    -5.2     0.5     2.1     0.0     1.0 
  Food and beverages..........................     16.942    216.805    216.957     0.5     0.1     0.0    -0.2     0.1 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     25.747    149.046    150.209    -8.3     0.8     3.3     0.1     1.6 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     14.587    189.436    192.365   -11.9     1.5     5.8     0.3     3.5 
    Apparel...................................      3.979    115.516    117.095     0.8     1.4     0.7     0.6     0.0 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     10.609    239.626    243.461   -15.2     1.6     7.4     0.2     4.7 
   Durables...................................     11.160    109.432    109.039    -2.1    -0.4     0.5     0.0    -0.3 
 Services.....................................     57.311    255.003    255.342     0.8     0.1     0.0     0.1     0.2 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     30.918    234.515    234.537     1.3     0.0     0.0    -0.1     0.1 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .306    121.765    122.254     2.8     0.4     0.3     0.2     0.4 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      4.713    195.547    194.211   -10.3    -0.7    -1.0    -0.2    -0.1 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................      1.035    161.790    163.567     5.9     1.1     0.4     0.6     0.9 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .360    152.577    153.667     1.0     0.7     0.4    -0.1     0.7 
  Transportation services.....................      5.512    250.811    251.880     2.4     0.4     0.0     0.4     0.6 
  Medical care services.......................      4.035    399.677    400.204     3.3     0.1     0.2     0.3     0.2 
  Other services..............................     10.432    291.573    293.266     2.4     0.6     0.4     0.4     0.2 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     84.135    209.308    210.021    -2.3     0.3     1.1     0.1     0.6 
 All items less shelter.......................     68.776    200.871    201.726    -3.3     0.4     1.3     0.1     0.8 
 All items less medical care..................     94.645    203.723    204.341    -2.2     0.3     1.0     0.0     0.6 
 Commodities less food........................     26.824    151.466    152.606    -7.9     0.8     3.2     0.1     1.6 
 Nondurables less food........................     15.664    191.387    194.170   -11.2     1.5     5.4     0.3     3.3 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     11.686    237.011    240.515   -14.0     1.5     6.9     0.2     4.3 
 Nondurables..................................     31.530    203.377    205.017    -6.2     0.8     2.9     0.0     1.8 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     26.392    246.622    247.308     0.2     0.3     0.0     0.2     0.4 
 Services less medical care services..........     53.275    244.531    244.857     0.6     0.1     0.0     0.0     0.2 
 Energy.......................................      9.024    201.967    205.144   -23.3     1.6     8.1    -0.4     4.8 
 All items less energy........................     90.976    212.505    212.823     1.5     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.1 
  All items less food and energy..............     75.111    212.097    212.449     1.7     0.2     0.2     0.1     0.1 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     22.513    142.526    142.634     1.3     0.1     0.4     0.3    -0.1 
    Energy commodities........................      4.311    220.264    227.506   -30.7     3.3    16.4    -0.5     8.6 
   Services less energy services..............     52.598    261.425    261.960     1.9     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.2 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .475     $ .474       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .159     $ .159       -       -       -       -       - 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated
 using a geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 1984=100 base
   5 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   6 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
   - Data not available.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


 Table 5. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): Seasonally adjusted U.S. city average, by
 expenditure category and commodity and service group

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                                                  Seasonally adjusted indexes        Seasonally adjusted annual rate percent change
                                                                                                          for                      
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                   CPI-W                                                                    3 months ended--            6 months   
                                                                                                                        ended--    
                                               May       June      July      Aug.                                                  
                                               2009      2009      2009      2009                                                  
                                                                                      Nov.    Feb.    May     Aug.    Feb.    Aug. 
                                                                                      2008    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  207.624   209.534   209.598   210.758   -11.8    -0.8    -0.1     6.2    -6.5     3.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  217.225   217.312   216.821   217.045     4.7    -0.2    -2.1    -0.3     2.2    -1.2 
   Food....................................  216.912   216.977   216.395   216.610     4.6    -0.3    -2.4    -0.6     2.1    -1.5 
    Food at home...........................  213.768   213.806   212.646   212.744     3.8    -3.1    -5.3    -1.9     0.3    -3.6 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  252.282   252.211   251.916   251.677     9.2    -0.5    -3.9    -1.0     4.2    -2.4 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  204.374   203.845   201.245   202.128     3.9    -1.4    -7.1    -4.3     1.2    -5.7 
     Dairy and related products (1)........  194.694   192.898   191.783   191.048    -3.6   -16.2   -15.4    -7.3   -10.1   -11.4 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  270.352   273.813   273.468   270.988   -10.4   -10.5    -3.1     0.9   -10.5    -1.1 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  162.650   162.608   161.977   162.465    11.3    -1.7    -0.1    -0.5     4.6    -0.3 
     Other food at home....................  189.923   190.000   189.366   189.945     9.4     3.6    -3.5     0.0     6.5    -1.7 
      Sugar and sweets.....................  194.731   195.695   193.001   194.039    11.2     8.8    -1.5    -1.4    10.0    -1.5 
      Fats and oils........................  200.498   201.926   201.077   201.203    10.6    -7.8    -8.0     1.4     1.0    -3.4 
      Other foods..........................  205.144   204.831   204.578   205.196     8.9     4.7    -3.1     0.1     6.8    -1.5 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  123.126   122.537   122.119   122.217     8.1    -2.7     0.4    -2.9     2.6    -1.3 
    Food away from home (1)................  223.082   223.186   223.408   223.789     5.8     3.7     1.8     1.3     4.8     1.5 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  154.409   155.091   156.904   156.769     8.7     2.8    -0.3     6.3     5.7     2.9 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  220.348   220.755   221.612   221.978     5.9     1.7     2.0     3.0     3.8     2.5 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  213.097   212.972   212.765   212.823    -0.5     0.4    -1.1    -0.5     0.0    -0.8 
   Shelter.................................  242.963   243.100   242.884   243.044     2.4     1.4     1.6     0.1     1.9     0.9 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  247.874   247.966   247.880   247.869     3.2     2.5     1.9     0.0     2.9     0.9 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  134.706   135.271   133.136   133.451    -3.4   -12.0    -7.0    -3.7    -7.8    -5.3 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                             
        residence (3) (4)..................  232.851   232.942   232.879   233.061     2.3     1.8     2.0     0.4     2.1     1.2 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  121.160   121.529   121.765   122.254     5.8     1.2     0.7     3.7     3.5     2.2 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  206.844   205.493   205.268   205.839   -14.9    -4.3   -16.0    -1.9    -9.8    -9.3 
    Household energy.......................  183.586   181.978   181.483   181.747   -18.6    -5.6   -20.3    -3.9   -12.3   -12.5 
     Fuel oil and other fuels..............  224.548   227.677   225.175   233.552   -55.7   -39.6   -40.0    17.0   -48.2   -16.2 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3).......  189.940   188.044   187.619   187.525   -15.0    -3.0   -19.0    -5.0    -9.2   -12.3 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  160.241   160.813   161.801   163.201     6.8     2.2     7.1     7.6     4.5     7.3 
   Household furnishings and operations....  125.430   125.313   125.131   124.347     1.7     0.5     2.2    -3.4     1.1    -0.7 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  152.001   152.658   152.577   153.667     0.4    -0.2    -0.4     4.5     0.1     2.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  119.078   119.963   120.666   120.672    -3.7     4.1    -2.6     5.5     0.1     1.4 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  115.184   114.537   114.086   114.936    -4.5    18.0    -6.9    -0.9     6.2    -3.9 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  105.873   107.602   109.019   108.852    -9.0    -0.5    -4.3    11.7    -4.8     3.4 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  116.074   118.686   117.941   118.857     8.7    -3.2     2.6     9.9     2.6     6.2 
   Footwear................................  126.469   127.062   128.313   128.063     2.4     1.6     3.6     5.1     2.0     4.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  168.145   176.300   176.456   181.285   -49.6    -8.9    -3.4    35.1   -32.2    14.2 
   Private transportation..................  164.963   173.329   173.340   178.196   -50.5    -8.5    -3.2    36.2   -32.7    14.8 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   90.153    90.664    90.888    90.936    -9.0    -1.1     2.2     3.5    -5.2     2.9 
     New vehicles..........................  136.199   137.234   137.855   136.112    -6.6     3.2     5.8    -0.3    -1.8     2.8 
     Used cars and trucks..................  123.465   124.559   124.569   126.950   -16.3   -12.0    -2.8    11.8   -14.2     4.2 
    Motor fuel.............................  174.513   204.503   203.579   221.467   -85.0   -28.1   -16.7   159.4   -67.2    46.9 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  174.723   205.099   203.341   221.758   -85.5   -25.8   -14.0   159.5   -67.2    49.4 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  134.439   134.273   133.787   133.587     9.2     3.5     0.5    -2.5     6.3    -1.0 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair                                                                                           
        (1)................................  245.036   245.129   245.421   245.871     5.0     4.6     1.3     1.4     4.8     1.4 
   Public transportation...................  226.424   226.048   230.677   233.494   -23.9   -17.7    -9.3    13.1   -20.9     1.3 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  374.834   375.650   376.321   377.444     2.6     4.4     3.8     2.8     3.5     3.3 
   Medical care commodities................  296.120   296.547   296.084   297.712     3.2     5.5     3.8     2.2     4.3     3.0 
   Medical care services...................  397.699   398.660   399.808   400.673     2.5     4.0     3.7     3.0     3.2     3.4 
    Professional services..................  321.250   322.098   322.537   322.955     2.6     2.6     2.9     2.1     2.6     2.5 
    Hospital and related services (3)......  560.587   562.806   566.848   570.031     3.7     8.6     7.5     6.9     6.1     7.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  110.947   111.423   111.418   111.415     1.0     1.3    -1.3     1.7     1.2     0.2 
   Video and audio (2).....................  101.761   102.220   102.121   101.924    -1.8    -1.5    -0.4     0.6    -1.6     0.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  122.797   122.940   123.348   123.479     1.7     2.8     2.4     2.2     2.3     2.3 
   Education (2)...........................  187.168   187.894   189.018   189.859     4.8     4.5     5.5     5.9     4.7     5.7 
    Educational books and supplies.........  477.376   483.813   490.109   491.859     5.6     4.9     5.2    12.7     5.2     8.9 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  527.111   528.674   531.480   533.890     4.8     4.5     5.6     5.2     4.6     5.4 
   Communication (2).......................   87.712    87.650    87.778    87.664    -0.3     1.6     0.3    -0.2     0.6     0.1 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (1) (2)............................   85.624    85.524    85.653    85.532    -0.3     1.6     0.0    -0.4     0.6    -0.2 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............  102.231   102.153   102.587   102.613     0.9     1.3     1.3     1.5     1.1     1.4 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (1) (5)..................   10.271    10.238    10.113    10.012    -5.9     2.9    -6.4    -9.7    -1.6    -8.1 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (1) (6)................   84.017    83.278    80.736    78.480   -17.3    -4.5   -15.5   -23.9   -11.1   -19.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  393.500   394.708   398.522   398.801     2.4     3.0    34.4     5.5     2.7    19.1 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  746.009   752.078   768.005   768.483     2.1     8.3   116.5    12.6     5.1    56.1 
   Personal care...........................  202.156   202.115   202.553   202.705     2.6     0.3     1.5     1.1     1.4     1.3 
    Personal care products (1).............  163.119   162.165   162.767   162.415     4.2     3.9     1.4    -1.7     4.1    -0.2 
    Personal care services (1).............  227.829   227.800   227.512   227.751     3.6    -0.6     3.1    -0.1     1.5     1.5 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  344.423   345.423   346.809   347.691     0.3     0.1     1.0     3.8     0.2     2.4 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  168.137   171.618   171.568   173.366   -25.1    -3.8    -0.2    13.0   -15.1     6.2 
  Food and beverages.......................  217.225   217.312   216.821   217.045     4.7    -0.2    -2.1    -0.3     2.2    -1.2 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  142.846   147.626   147.760   150.154   -38.4    -6.0     0.9    22.1   -23.9    11.0 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  176.429   186.685   187.184   193.645   -55.0    -5.1    -3.0    45.1   -34.7    18.7 
    Apparel................................  119.078   119.963   120.666   120.672    -3.7     4.1    -2.6     5.5     0.1     1.4 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  215.822   231.872   232.430   243.283   -64.0    -8.7    -2.7    61.5   -42.6    25.3 
   Durables................................  108.846   109.361   109.321   108.994    -7.2    -2.8     1.4     0.5    -5.0     1.0 
 Services..................................  253.765   253.882   254.063   254.480     0.5     1.6     0.0     1.1     1.1     0.5 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  234.196   234.253   234.008   234.179     2.7     1.2     1.5     0.0     1.9     0.7 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   121.160   121.529   121.765   122.254     5.8     1.2     0.7     3.7     3.5     2.2 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  189.940   188.044   187.619   187.525   -15.0    -3.0   -19.0    -5.0    -9.2   -12.3 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  160.241   160.813   161.801   163.201     6.8     2.2     7.1     7.6     4.5     7.3 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  152.001   152.658   152.577   153.667     0.4    -0.2    -0.4     4.5     0.1     2.0 
  Transportation services..................  249.130   249.202   250.263   251.654    -0.1     3.9     1.7     4.1     1.9     2.9 
  Medical care services....................  397.699   398.660   399.808   400.673     2.5     4.0     3.7     3.0     3.2     3.4 
  Other services...........................  290.444   291.473   292.500   293.179     2.0     2.4     1.4     3.8     2.2     2.6 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  205.809   208.040   208.216   209.541   -14.5    -0.9     0.3     7.5    -7.9     3.8 
 All items less shelter....................  196.980   199.559   199.725   201.265   -17.3    -1.7    -0.9     9.0    -9.9     3.9 
 All items less medical care...............  200.797   202.725   202.769   203.921   -12.5    -1.1    -0.3     6.4    -7.0     3.0 
 Commodities less food.....................  145.372   150.057   150.211   152.561   -37.2    -5.7     1.0    21.3   -23.1    10.7 
 Nondurables less food.....................  178.973   188.704   189.232   195.417   -52.8    -4.4    -2.8    42.1   -32.9    17.5 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  215.042   229.919   230.427   240.380   -61.1    -7.6    -2.8    56.1   -40.0    23.2 
 Nondurables...............................  196.393   202.033   201.960   205.614   -31.8    -2.1    -3.2    20.1   -18.3     7.8 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  244.177   244.247   244.854   245.730    -1.4     2.0    -2.3     2.6     0.3     0.1 
 Services less medical care services.......  243.221   243.257   243.332   243.823     0.7     1.3    -0.6     1.0     1.0     0.2 
 Energy....................................  177.124   191.437   190.731   199.863   -68.6   -17.6   -18.5    62.1   -49.1    14.9 
 All items less energy.....................  212.301   212.687   212.846   213.027     1.2     1.3     2.1     1.4     1.3     1.7 
  All items less food and energy...........  211.745   212.196   212.505   212.680     0.5     1.6     3.0     1.8     1.1     2.4 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  142.656   143.218   143.589   143.376    -3.1     0.7     5.8     2.0    -1.2     3.9 
    Energy commodities.....................  177.375   206.474   205.483   223.093   -84.2   -28.7   -18.1   150.3   -66.4    43.1 
   Services less energy services...........  260.701   261.053   261.304   261.781     2.1     2.1     1.8     1.7     2.1     1.7 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated using a
 geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 1984=100 base
   5 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   6 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


 Table 6. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): Selected areas, all items index 

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                   All items                                      
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                       Indexes                 Percent change to Percent change to
                    CPI-W                      Pricing                                          Aug. 2009 from--   July 2009 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      May       June      July      Aug.                                      
                                                          2009      2009      2009      2009    Aug.  June  July  July  May   June
                                                                                                2008  2009  2009  2008  2009  2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      208.774   210.972   210.526   211.156  -1.9   0.1   0.3  -2.7   0.8  -0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      224.748   226.695   226.714   227.598  -1.4   0.4   0.4  -2.1   0.9   0.0 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      225.657   227.337   227.550   228.472  -1.3   0.5   0.4  -1.8   0.8   0.1 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      135.329   136.888   136.626   137.109  -1.6   0.2   0.4  -2.6   1.0  -0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      197.971   200.487   199.824   200.723  -2.1   0.1   0.4  -3.0   0.9  -0.3 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      198.271   200.356   199.611   200.710  -2.1   0.2   0.6  -3.0   0.7  -0.4 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      129.524   131.554   131.096   131.481  -2.1  -0.1   0.3  -2.9   1.2  -0.3 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      196.047   198.674   198.455   199.404  -2.6   0.4   0.5  -3.4   1.2  -0.1 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      203.500   205.968   205.415   205.867  -2.1   0.0   0.2  -2.8   0.9  -0.3 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      206.271   208.909   208.492   208.995  -2.1   0.0   0.2  -2.7   1.1  -0.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      129.885   131.382   131.063   131.302  -2.1  -0.1   0.2  -2.9   0.9  -0.2 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      208.989   211.721   210.341   211.088  -2.3  -0.3   0.4  -3.0   0.6  -0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      212.263   213.973   213.541   213.988  -1.8   0.0   0.2  -2.6   0.6  -0.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      214.734   216.395   215.955   216.539  -1.5   0.1   0.3  -2.4   0.6  -0.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      131.389   132.517   132.314   132.407  -2.3  -0.1   0.1  -3.1   0.7  -0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      193.597   195.414   195.096   195.796  -1.7   0.2   0.4  -2.5   0.8  -0.2 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      130.847   132.384   132.069   132.341  -2.1   0.0   0.2  -2.9   0.9  -0.2 
   D.........................................    M      203.883   206.327   205.504   206.271  -2.3   0.0   0.4  -3.0   0.8  -0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      202.464   203.691   203.554   204.246  -2.5   0.3   0.3  -3.5   0.5  -0.1 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      214.446   216.145   216.128   216.628  -2.1   0.2   0.2  -3.2   0.8   0.0 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      230.307   231.916   232.177   232.841  -1.1   0.4   0.3  -1.4   0.8   0.1 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1      231.420         -   232.535         -     -     -     -  -3.3   0.5     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1      191.297         -   191.494         -     -     -     -  -3.3   0.1     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1      200.955         -   203.075         -     -     -     -  -3.7   1.1     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1      138.510         -   140.434         -     -     -     -  -0.8   1.4     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2            -   202.632         -   202.276  -4.2  -0.2     -     -     -     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2            -   199.977         -   200.169  -2.6   0.1     -     -     -     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2            -   189.979         -   189.503  -1.9  -0.3     -     -     -     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2            -   219.091         -   219.000  -2.5   0.0     -     -     -     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2            -   223.361         -   225.481  -1.2   0.9     -     -     -     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2            -   220.996         -   221.279   0.0   0.1     -     -     -     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2            -   221.993         -   221.873  -0.6  -0.1     -     -     -     - 

   1 Areas on pricing schedule 2 (see Table 10) will appear next month. 
   2 Regions defined as the four Census regions.  See technical notes.
   3 Indexes on a December 1996=100 base.
   4 Indexes on a December 1986=100 base.
   5 In addition, the following metropolitan areas are published semiannually and appear in Tables 34 and 39 of the January and
 July issues of the CPI Detailed Report: Anchorage, AK; Cincinnati-Hamilton, OH-KY-IN; Denver-Boulder-Greeley, CO; Honolulu, HI;
 Kansas City, MO-KS; Milwaukee-Racine, WI; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI; Phoenix-Mesa, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland-Salem, OR-WA;
 St. Louis, MO-IL; San Diego, CA; Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL.
   6 Indexes on a November 1996=100 base.
   - Data not available.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


 Table 7. Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U): U.S. city average, by
 expenditure category and commodity and service group

 (December 1999=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                  
                                                                                                  
                                                                                    Unadjusted    
                                                 Relative       Unadjusted      percent change to 
                                               importance,       indexes         Aug. 2009 from-  
                    C-CPI-U                     December                                          
                                                2005-2006                                         
                                                              July      Aug.      Aug.      July  
                                                              2009      2009      2008      2009  
                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                  
             Expenditure category                                                                 
                                                                                                  
 All items....................................    100.000   123.711   123.955      -1.5       0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Food and beverages..........................     14.726   127.541   127.588       0.5       0.0 
   Food.......................................     13.648   127.532   127.577       0.3       0.0 
    Food at home..............................      7.557   122.844   122.743      -1.7      -0.1 
    Food away from home.......................      6.091   133.605   133.847       3.0       0.2 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.077   128.009   128.076       2.7       0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Housing.....................................     42.421   129.087   128.915      -0.7      -0.1 
   Shelter....................................     32.409   131.820   131.803       0.9       0.0 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.004   155.640   155.255     -10.8      -0.2 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      5.008    95.877    95.121      -0.3      -0.8 
                                                                                                  
  Apparel.....................................      3.988    85.167    86.232       0.4       1.3 
                                                                                                  
  Transportation..............................     17.393   122.843   123.872      -9.3       0.8 
   Private transportation.....................     16.285   123.365   124.468      -9.2       0.9 
   Public transportation......................      1.108   116.845   116.847     -11.0       0.0 
                                                                                                  
  Medical care................................      6.085   145.844   146.130       3.1       0.2 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.615   128.494   129.138       3.5       0.5 
   Medical care services......................      4.470   152.260   152.392       2.9       0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Recreation..................................      5.935   105.259   105.236      -0.5       0.0 
                                                                                                  
  Education and communication.................      6.196   110.001   110.825       2.1       0.7 
   Education..................................      2.771   174.898   178.469       5.3       2.0 
   Communication..............................      3.425    73.998    73.787      -0.5      -0.3 
                                                                                                  
  Other goods and services....................      3.257   133.960   133.832       4.2      -0.1 
                                                                                                  
          Commodity and service group                                                             
                                                                                                  
 Services.....................................     58.427   134.299   134.454       0.4       0.1 
 Commodities..................................     41.573   110.811   111.158      -4.0       0.3 
  Durables....................................     11.817    81.143    80.544      -2.2      -0.7 
 Nondurables..................................     29.756   126.133   127.059      -4.8       0.7 
  All items less food and energy..............     77.561   118.668   118.763       1.0       0.1 
 Energy.......................................      8.790   171.687   174.258     -23.2       1.5 

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

Last Modified Date: September 16, 2009