CPI unchanged in July 2009
August 18, 2009
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in July, following a 0.7-percent increase in June. Small declines in the food and energy indexes offset a small increase in the index for all items less food and energy.
The food index declined 0.3 percent in July, with all six major grocery store food groups posting declines. The energy index, which rose 7.4 percent in June, fell 0.4 percent in July. Decreases in the indexes for gasoline, fuel oil, and electricity more than offset an increase in the index for natural gas.
The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.1 percent in July, following a 0.2-percent increase in June. The indexes for new vehicles, tobacco, medical care and apparel all continued to increase in July, and the index for airline fares turned up after a long series of declines. In contrast to these increases, the shelter index decreased in July, as the index for lodging away from home fell and the indexes for rent and owners' equivalent rent were unchanged.
Over the last 12 months the CPI-U has fallen 2.1 percent (as shown in the chart). A 28.1-percent decline in the energy index since its July 2008 peak has more than offset increases of 0.9 percent in the food index and 1.5 percent in the index for all items less food and energy.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, CPI unchanged in July 2009 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/ted_20090818.htm (visited January 21, 2017).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Workplace injuries and illnesses and employer costs for workers’ compensation
Workplace injury and illness data and the costs to employers for workers’ compensation in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations.
A look at the future of the U.S. labor force to 2060
Projected long-term trends in the growth, size, and composition of the labor force.
Union membership in the United States
Historical trends in union membership among employed wage and salary workers; union membership by a variety of demographic characteristics.
A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
Spending on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.
Self-employment in the United States
Trends in self-employment by various demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, including both the unincorporated and the incorporated self-employed, as well as data on paid employees who work for the self-employed.