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21-1089-PHI
Thursday, June 10, 2021

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Consumer Price Index, Northeast Region – May 2021

Regional prices up 0.6 percent over the month; up 3.9 percent over the year

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) in the Northeast increased 0.6 percent in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Alexandra Hall Bovee noted that the recent increase was largely due to rising prices for both used cars and trucks and public transportation. These were reflected in the advance in the all items less food and energy index (0.5 percent) since April. The energy index and the food index also increased over the month, up 2.0 and 0.2 percent, respectively. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, month-to-month changes may reflect the impact of seasonal influences.)

Over the last 12 months, the Northeast all items CPI-U advanced 3.9 percent, the index’s largest over-the-year increase since September 2011. (See chart 1 and table A.) This reflected advances in the all items less food and energy index, up 3.0 percent, and the energy index, up 22.7 percent. The food index also rose since May 2020, up 1.3 percent. (See table 1.)

Food

The food index increased 0.2 percent since April. Prices were higher for food at home, up 0.4 percent, as prices rose for items such as chicken and uncooked beef steaks. The food away from home index was unchanged over the month.

From May 2020 to May 2021, the food index increased 1.3 percent. Prices for food away from home increased over the year, up 3.6 percent; those for food at home declined 0.4 percent.

Energy

The energy index, which includes prices for household and transportation fuels, rose 2.0 percent in May, due to a 4.8-percent advance in gasoline prices. Prices were also higher for electricity (1.1 percent), while those for utility (piped) gas service fell 3.3 percent over the month.

The energy index rose 22.7 percent since May 2020—the index’s largest over-the-year increase since September 2008. The increase reflected a jump in prices for gasoline (45.0 percent)—the index’s largest 12-month advance since January 2010. Prices for electricity and utility (piped) gas service also advanced over the year, up 4.0 and 6.4 percent, respectively.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.5 percent since April. Prices were higher for new and used motor vehicles (2.8 percent), particularly those for used cars and trucks (6.5 percent), and for public transportation (9.5 percent). Lower prices for recreation and other goods and services helped to moderate the overall rise, down 0.5 and 0.6 percent, respectively.

The index for all items less food and energy increased 3.0 percent since May 2020. Prices were higher for new and used motor vehicles (12.8 percent), particularly those for used cars and trucks (30.1 percent) which had the largest 12-month increase since the index was first published in 1978. Prices also increased for shelter (1.8 percent), among others, while recreation declined, down 2.4 percent.

Table A. Northeast region CPI-U 1-month and 12-month percent changes, all items index, not seasonally adjusted
Month20172018201920202021
1-month12-month1-month12-month1-month12-month1-month12-month1-month12-month

January

0.62.50.51.60.31.50.72.30.41.1

February

0.32.60.41.70.21.30.32.40.41.2

March

-0.12.20.12.00.51.7-021.70.62.1

April

0.31.90.42.10.41.7-0.40.80.73.3

May

0.11.70.42.50.31.50.00.60.63.9

June

0.01.50.02.60.11.60.30.8

July

-0.21.30.02.70.11.70.41.1

August

0.31.60.22.70.11.50.11.1

September

0.51.90.12.20.01.40.11.2

October

-0.11.5-0.12.3-0.11.5-0.21.1

November

0.01.6-0.41.90.11.90.11.1

December

0.11.7-0.11.7-0.11.90.21.4

Geographic divisions

Additional price indexes are now available for the two divisions of the Northeast. Over the month, the all items CPI-U increased in the Middle Atlantic division, up 0.7 percent, and the New England division, up 0.3 percent.

Over the year, prices rose in the Middle Atlantic division, up 4.0 percent. The all items index also rose in the New England division (3.6 percent). (See table B.)

 Table B. CPI-U 1-month and 12-month percent changes, all items index, Northeast region and divisions, not seasonally adjusted
Area1-month change12-month change

Northeast

0.63.9

New England Division

0.33.6

Middle Atlantic Division

0.74.0

The Consumer Price Index for June 2021 is scheduled to be released Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. (ET).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Impact on May 2021 Consumer Price Index Data

Data collection by personal visit for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) program has been suspended since March 16, 2020. When possible, data normally collected by personal visit were collected either online or by phone. Additionally, data collection in May was affected by the temporary closing or limited operations of certain types of establishments. These factors resulted in an increase in the number of prices considered temporarily unavailable and imputed.

While the CPI program attempted to collect as much data as possible, many indexes are based on smaller amounts of collected prices than usual, and a small number of indexes that are normally published were not published this month. Additional information is available at www.bls.gov/covid19/effects-of-covid-19-pandemic-on-consumer-price-index.htm.


Technical Note

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change in prices over time in a fixed market basket of goods and services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes CPIs for two population groups: (1) a CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) which covers approximately 93 percent of the total U.S. population and (2) a CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which covers approximately 29 percent of the total U.S. population. The CPI-U includes, in addition to wage earners and clerical workers, groups such as professional, managerial, and technical workers, the self-employed, short-term workers, the unemployed, and retirees and others not in the labor force.

The CPI is based on prices of food, clothing, shelter, and fuels, transportation fares, charges for doctors' and dentists' services, drugs, and the other goods and services that people buy for day-to-day living. Each month, prices are collected in 75 urban areas across the country from about 6,000 housing units and approximately 22,000 retail establishments—department stores, supermarkets, hospitals, filling stations, and other types of stores and service establishments. All taxes directly associated with the purchase and use of items are included in the index.

The index measures price changes from a designated reference date; for most of the CPI-U the reference base is 1982-84 equals 100. An increase of 7 percent from the reference base, for example, is shown as 107.000. Alternatively, that relationship can also be expressed as the price of a base period market basket of goods and services rising from $100 to $107. For further details see the CPI home page on the Internet at www.bls.gov/cpi and the CPI section of the BLS Handbook of Methods available on the internet at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/cpi/.

In calculating the index, price changes for the various items in each location are averaged together with weights that represent their importance in the spending of the appropriate population group. Local data are then combined to obtain a U.S. city average. Because the sample size of a local area is smaller, the local area index is subject to substantially more sampling and other measurement error than the national index. In addition, local indexes are not adjusted for seasonal influences. As a result, local area indexes show greater volatility than the national index, although their long-term trends are quite similar. NOTE: Area indexes do not measure differences in the level of prices between cities; they only measure the average change in prices for each area since the base period.

The Northeast region is comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The New England division is comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The Middle Atlantic division is comprised of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Information in this release will be made available to individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Indexes and percent changes for selected periods, Northeast Region, (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted) (not seasonally adjusted)
Expenditure categoryIndexesPercent change from
Historical
data
Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021
May
2020
Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021

All items

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SA0
278.197280.234281.8583.91.30.6

All items (December 1977 = 100)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100AA0
438.075441.283443.840   

Food and beverages

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAF
276.783278.408279.0031.30.80.2

Food

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAF1
277.661279.404280.0011.30.80.2

Food at home

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAF11
260.243262.195263.165-0.41.10.4

Cereals and bakery products

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAF111
305.942309.941311.155-0.51.70.4

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAF112
267.033271.443274.365-1.72.71.1

Dairy and related products

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SEFJ
239.061236.485237.351-1.9-0.70.4

Fruits and vegetables

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAF113
325.273326.498326.6591.50.40.0

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAF114
180.914180.578180.186-0.6-0.4-0.2

Other food at home

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAF115
230.228232.722233.1820.41.30.2

Food away from home

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SEFV
307.319308.751308.7743.60.50.0

Alcoholic beverages

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAF116
264.273264.290264.8401.90.20.2

Housing

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAH
297.291298.589299.5082.80.70.3

Shelter

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAH1
369.937370.994372.2831.80.60.3

Rent of primary residence

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SEHA
373.351373.814374.2331.30.20.1

Owners' equivalent rent of residences(1)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SEHC
383.526384.500385.2341.50.40.2

Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence(1)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SEHC01
383.196384.169384.9011.50.40.2

Fuels and utilities

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAH2
231.807235.379234.9618.11.4-0.2

Household energy

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAH21
202.646206.020205.5968.91.5-0.2

Energy services

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SEHF
200.205205.281204.6804.72.2-0.3

Electricity

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SEHF01
201.762209.376211.6414.04.91.1

Utility (piped) gas service

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SEHF02
182.207182.056176.0246.4-3.4-3.3

Household furnishings and operations

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAH3
125.826126.519127.1125.91.00.5

Apparel

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAA
126.937125.916125.8516.2-0.9-0.1

Transportation

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAT
210.476216.319223.35917.16.13.3

Private transportation

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAT1
207.196212.347217.66417.65.12.5

New and used motor vehicles(2)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SETA
101.246106.106109.08612.87.72.8

New vehicles

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SETA01
146.136147.518148.6702.01.70.8

New cars and trucks(2)(3)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SS4501A
101.285102.251103.0572.01.70.8

New cars(3)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SS45011
137.174138.243139.0182.91.30.6

Used cars and trucks

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SETA02
160.571176.132187.66430.116.96.5

Motor fuel

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SETB
242.183242.832254.31044.65.04.7

Gasoline (all types)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SETB01
241.208241.857253.37245.05.04.8

Gasoline, unleaded regular(3)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SS47014
238.438238.981250.75346.65.24.9

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade(3)(4)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SS47015
256.052258.571268.77737.35.03.9

Gasoline, unleaded premium(3)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SS47016
250.493251.661260.77434.24.13.6

Motor vehicle insurance(5)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SETE
610.393609.564609.56115.2-0.10.0

Medical care

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAM
548.730550.365550.3600.30.30.0

Medical care commodities

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAM1
378.497378.807380.928-2.50.60.6

Medical care services

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAM2
598.682600.724600.0490.90.2-0.1

Professional services

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SEMC
415.405418.685419.8654.11.10.3

Recreation(2)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAR
128.684129.835129.162-2.40.4-0.5

Education and communication(2)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAE
149.349149.478149.6071.80.20.1

Tuition, other school fees, and child care(5)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SEEB
1,311.7271,311.7271,314.6771.00.20.2

Other goods and services

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAG
520.572522.862519.6522.0-0.2-0.6

Commodity and service group

Commodities

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAC
197.254199.229201.3627.02.11.1

Commodities less food and beverages

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SACL11
155.199157.217159.86511.33.01.7

Nondurables less food and beverages

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SANL11
199.422199.655202.28612.41.41.3

Durables

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAD
105.749108.724111.05210.05.02.1

Services

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAS
355.873357.972359.1112.30.90.3

Special aggregate indexes

All items less shelter

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SA0L2
246.534248.927250.6765.01.70.7

All items less medical care

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SA0L5
266.273268.330270.0294.21.40.6

Commodities less food

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SACL1
159.124161.101163.70910.92.91.6

Nondurables

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SAN
237.662238.568240.2285.91.10.7

Nondurables less food

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SANL1
203.208203.428205.93511.61.31.2

Services less rent of shelter(1)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SASL2RS
352.858356.127357.1122.81.20.3

Services less medical care services

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SASL5
339.144341.246342.5112.51.00.4

Energy

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SA0E
218.736221.008225.40422.73.02.0

All items less energy

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SA0LE
287.157289.199290.5912.81.20.5

All items less food and energy

Go to web page with historical data for series CUUR0100SA0L1E
290.670292.778294.3203.01.30.5

Footnotes
(1) Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
(2) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
(3) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(4) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.
(5) Indexes on a December 1977=100 base.

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021