Food expenditures in 2005
March 21, 2007
A 1.5-percent drop in spending on food at home in 2005 was offset by an 8.2-percent increase in spending on food away from home, resulting in a 2.6-percent increase in total food expenditures.
For comparison, overall spending on food increased 8.3 percent in 2004 after a slight decrease (0.7 percent) in 2003.
The introduction of a new, more user-friendly diary questionnaire in 2005 may have had an effect on the amount of spending reported in 2005, as well as on how the expenditures were distributed among the components. As a result, expenditures on food that were collected in the Diary Survey in 2005 may not be strictly comparable to earlier years.
The drop in food at home expenditures in 2005 was driven by a significant decrease (13.1 percent) in spending on meats, poultry, fish and eggs. Expenditures for two components of food at home increased in 2005: Dairy products were up 2.0 percent and other food at home increased by a significant 7.7 percent.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Food expenditures in 2005 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/mar/wk3/art03.htm (visited May 06, 2016).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
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.
- A look at pay at the top, the bottom, and in between
The Spotlight examines how earnings and wages have changed over time and how they differ within a geographic area, industry, or occupation.