CPI in December 2008
January 21, 2009
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) decreased 0.7 percent in December, the third consecutive decline.
Declining energy prices, particularly for gasoline, again drove most of the decline. The energy index declined 8.3 percent in December. Within energy, the gasoline index fell 17.2 percent and accounted for almost 90 percent of the decrease in the all items index. The index for household energy declined 0.7 percent.
Excluding energy, the index was virtually unchanged for the third straight month. The food index declined 0.1 percent in December, the first decrease since April 2006, as many meat, dairy, fruit, and vegetable indexes decreased. The index for all items excluding food and energy was virtually unchanged in December.
For the 12-month period ending in December 2008, the CPI-U rose 0.1 percent, as shown in the chart. This was the smallest calendar year change since a 0.7-percent decline in 1954 and compares with a 4.1-percent increase for the 12 months ended December 2007.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, CPI in December 2008 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/jan/wk3/art01.htm (visited September 22, 2019).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
- 25 years of Worker Injury, Illness, and Fatality Case Data
Examines detailed historical data on work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatal injuries.
- Occupational employment projections through the perspective of education and training
Examines employment, projected employment growth, and wages for occupations with different education and training requirements.
- Workers in Alternative Employment Arrangements
A look at independent contractors, on-call workers, temporary help agency workers, and workers provided by contract firms.
- Labor force characteristics of people with a disability
Examines the labor force characteristics of people with a disability and compares them with the characteristics of people with no disability.