PPI in March 2006

April 19, 2006

The Producer Price Index for Finished Goods rose 0.5 percent in March, seasonally adjusted. This increase followed a 1.4-percent decline in February and a 0.3-percent advance in January.

Percent change from 12 months ago, Producer Price Index for Finished Goods, not seasonally adjusted, March 1997-March 2006
[Chart data—TXT]

The March upturn in finished goods prices was led by the index for finished energy goods, which climbed 1.8 percent following a 4.7-percent decline in February. Prices for finished consumer foods also turned up—increasing 0.5 percent after falling 2.7 percent in the preceding month. By contrast, the index for finished goods less foods and energy rose 0.1 percent in March, following a 0.3-percent advance in February.

From March 2005 to March 2006, prices for finished goods advanced 3.5 percent, as shown in the chart.

These data are from the BLS Producer Price Index program. To learn more, see "Producer Price Indexes - March 2006" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 06-692. All producer price indexes are routinely subject to revision once, 4 months after original publication, to reflect the availability of late reports and corrections by respondents.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, PPI in March 2006 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/apr/wk3/art03.htm (visited September 29, 2016).


Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

  • A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
    As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.

  • Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
    Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.

  • Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
    Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.