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Philadelphia Area Consumer Price Index – November 2009 (PDF)

First Over-the-Year Increase in Energy Prices since October 2008

Philadelphia area energy and food at home prices increased, while shelter prices declined in November, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that the energy index rose 0.3 percent from November 2008 to November 2009—the first 12-month advance since October 2008. (See table 1.)

Following a 5.7-percent seasonal decline in October, energy prices rose 2.7 percent in November. The recent advance was largely due to higher gasoline prices, up 5.0 percent over the month and 12.8 percent since November 2008. Higher prices for fuel oil and utility (piped) gas service also contributed to the recent one-month rise in the overall energy index. Utility (piped) gas service prices increased 0.3 percent in November, but dropped 22.0 percent over the last 12 months. Electricity prices were nearly unchanged in November, inching down 0.1 percent. Over the year, electricity prices increased 1.1 percent.

The Philadelphia area energy index stood at 200.395 on the 1982-84 reference base, which means that energy users in the Philadelphia area would have had to spend $20.04 last month for a group of energy items that cost $10.00 in 1982-84.

Following a 0.8-percent decline in October, the food at home index advanced 1.2 percent in November. Higher prices for a number of items, including chicken, other fresh fruits, and eggs were partially offset by lower prices for items such as canned fruits and vegetables, ice cream and related products, and fish and seafood. Despite the recent advance, food at home prices were 2.3 percent lower over the year.

The Philadelphia area food at home index stood at 214.336 on the 1982-84 reference base, which means that grocery shoppers in the Philadelphia area would have had to spend $21.43 last month for a market basket of food items that cost $10.00 in 1982-84.

Shelter prices decreased 0.3 percent in November due largely to lower prices for other lodging away from home, including hotels and motels. Also contributing to the overall decline in the shelter index were lower prices for owners’ equivalent rent of primary residence, down 0.1 percent over the month. The other published component of the shelter index, rent of primary residence, inched up 0.1 percent since October. Over the year, the owner’s equivalent rent of primary residence and rent of primary residence indexes increased 2.7 and 0.8 percent, respectively. The overall shelter index rose 1.9 percent since last November.

The Philadelphia area shelter index stood at 279.365 on the 1982-84 reference base, which means that local residents would have had to spend $27.94 last month for various types of shelter that cost $10.00 in 1982-84.

The Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md., Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA) includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania; Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties in New Jersey; New Castle County in Delaware; and Cecil County in Maryland.

Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Indexes and percent changes for selected periods, Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md. (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)
Expenditure category Indexes Percent change from-
Sep. 2009 Oct. 2009 Nov. 2009 Nov. 2008 Sep. 2009 Oct. 2009

All items

- 224.787 - - - -

Food and beverages

- 204.602 - - - -

Food

- 204.024 - - - -

Food at home

213.560 211.862 214.336 -2.3 0.4 1.2

Food away from home

- 187.827 - - - -

Alcoholic beverages

- 209.800 - - - -

Housing

- 233.017 - - - -

Shelter

280.392 280.221 279.365 1.9 -0.4 -0.3

Rent of primary residence (1)

259.376 259.963 260.329 0.8 0.4 0.1

Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence (1) (2) (3)

287.653 288.084 287.696 2.7 0.0 -0.1

Fuels and utilities

- 203.637 - - - -

Household energy

191.613 180.712 182.669 -6.5 -4.7 1.1

Gas (piped) and electricity (1)

209.924 196.971 197.015 -6.7 -6.1 0.0

Electricity (1)

209.794 195.234 195.038 1.1 -7.0 -0.1

Utility (piped) gas service (1)

205.035 196.533 197.190 -22.0 -3.8 0.3

Household furnishings and operations

- 122.522 - - - -

Apparel

- 107.662 - - - -

Transportation

- 186.641 - - - -

Private transportation

- 184.926 - - - -

Motor fuel

236.395 222.712 233.671 11.1 -1.2 4.9

Gasoline (all types)

233.244 219.476 230.385 12.8 -1.2 5.0

Gasoline, unleaded regular (4)

233.508 219.044 230.042 14.0 -1.5 5.0

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade (4) (5)

228.993 216.237 226.481 9.7 -1.1 4.7

Gasoline, unleaded premium (4)

220.975 210.120 220.177 10.8 -0.4 4.8

Medical care

- 424.823 - - - -

Recreation (6)

- 122.795 - - - -

Education and communication (6)

- 128.883 - - - -

Other goods and services

- 414.423 - - - -
Commodity and service group            

Commodities

- 167.544 - - - -

Commodities less food and beverages

- 145.641 - - - -

Nondurables less food and beverages

- 177.221 - - - -

Durables

- 110.537 - - - -

Services

- 283.824 - - - -
Special aggregate indexes            

All items less medical care

- 216.302 - - - -

All items less shelter

- 207.297 - - - -

Commodities less food

- 148.012 - - - -

Nondurables

- 192.121 - - - -

Nondurables less food

- 179.058 - - - -

Services less rent of shelter (2)

- 294.067 - - - -

Services less medical care services

- 272.496 - - - -

Energy

206.995 195.133 200.395 0.3 -3.2 2.7

All items less energy

- 229.802 - - - -

All items less food and energy

- 236.623 - - - -

Footnotes
(1) This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator. All other item stratum index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator.
(2) Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
(3) This index series will undergo a change in composition in January, 2010. The expenditure class will include weight from secondary residences, and will be re-titled Owners' equivalent rent of residences. The item stratum Owners' equivalent rent of primary residences, which prior to January, 2010 is identical to the EC, will be published as well.
(4) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(5) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.
(6) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
- Data not available.
NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.

 

Last Modified Date: December 17, 2009