PRICES & SPENDING • May 2015 • Volume 4 / Number 8
Gasoline prices experience volatility often credited to fluctuations in the crude oil market, but gasoline is subject to its own supply and demand pressures. Cyclical trends contribute to gasoline price movements over a typical year, and recent market developments have affected prices. This Beyond the Numbers article examines the many factors that contributed to shifting producer gasoline prices from 2005 through 2014.Read full article » | Download PDF
Among the changes in pension plans tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) since the late 1970s are different formulas for calculating benefits. One of those formula types is the pension equity plan, or PEP. These plans were first identified by BLS private industry surveys conducted in the late 1990s; today, they make up a small share of all pension plans. This issue of Beyond the Numbers examines the concept behind pension equity plans and looks at some unique features of these plans.
This article examines entertainment spending from 2008 to 2013 and analyzes the relationships between entertainment spending and income, education, and age.
Overall price change was modest in 2014, with the U.S. All Items Consumer Price Index posting its smallest increase since 2008. This was primarily the result of gasoline prices, which fell sharply over the latter part of the year. However, shelter and food price indexes accelerated in 2014. In this Beyond the Numbers article, we will look at price trends for major CPI components in 2014.