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A data chart image of Consumer Price Index rose 5.3 percent over the year ending August 2021

Consumer Price Index rose 5.3 percent over the year ending August 2021

September 17, 2021

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers rose 5.3 percent for the 12 months ending August 2021, a smaller increase than the 5.4-percent rise for the period ending July. The index for all items less food and energy rose 4.0 percent over the last 12 months, also a smaller increase than the period ending July. The energy index rose 25.0 percent over the last 12 months, and the food index increased 3.7 percent; both were larger than the increases for the 12-month period ending July.

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September 16, 2021

A data chart image of Final demand producer prices up 8.3 percent for the year ended August 2021

Final demand producer prices up 8.3 percent for the year ended August 2021

The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 8.3 percent from August 2020 to August 2021, the largest over-the-year advance since 12-month changes were first calculated in November 2010. Prices for goods rose 12.6 percent over the year ended August 2021, while prices for services rose 6.4 percent.

September 15, 2021

A data chart image of Spending on 9 of the 14 major components of household spending decreased from 2019 to 2020

Spending on 9 of the 14 major components of household spending decreased from 2019 to 2020

The onset of COVID-19 in 2020 led to reduced spending at retail outlets, entertainment venues, and even transportation providers, as those working from home stopped commuting. Average household spending decreased 2.7 percent from 2019 to 2020, compared with an increase of 3.0 percent from 2018 to 2019.

September 14, 2021

A data chart image of Job openings reach high of 10.9 million in July 2021

Job openings reach high of 10.9 million in July 2021

From June to July 2021, the number of job openings was up 749,000 to 10.9 million, the highest level since we started tracking job openings in December 2000.

September 13, 2021

A data chart image of Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina unemployment rate down 14.1 points over the year ended July 2021

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina unemployment rate down 14.1 points over the year ended July 2021

Among U.S. metropolitan areas, the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in July occurred in Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii, where unemployment rates decreased from 23.3 percent in July 2020 to 9.2 percent in July 2021, a decline of 14.1 percentage points. Unemployment rates fell over the year by at least 10.0 percentage points in an additional three areas: Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey; Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida; and Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada.

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