Consumer Price Index down in December

January 17, 2002

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), which was unchanged in November, declined 0.2 percent in December.

Percent change from 12 months ago, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, not seasonally adjusted, December 1992-December 2001
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The energy index declined sharply for the third consecutive month, down 3.2 percent in December. The index for petroleum-based energy declined 6.1 percent, and the index for energy services fell 0.8 percent. The food index declined 0.1 percent in December, the same as in November.

Excluding food and energy, the CPI-U rose 0.1 percent in December, following an increase of 0.4 percent in November. Downturns in the indexes for tobacco and smoking products and for recreation, coupled with smaller increases in the indexes for medical care and for new vehicles, accounted for the deceleration in December.

For the 12-month period ended in December, the CPI-U increased 1.6 percent. This compares with an increase of 3.4 percent for 2000 and was the smallest annual advance since a 1.6-percent rise in 1998. The index for energy, which registered double-digit increases in both 1999 and 2000, decelerated sharply in 2001, declining 13.0 percent.

These data are a product of the BLS Consumer Price Index program. Find out more in Consumer Price Indexes, December 2001, news release USDL 02-26.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Consumer Price Index down in December on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2002/jan/wk2/art04.htm (visited November 21, 2014).

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