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22-1980-CHI
Thursday, October 13, 2022

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Consumer Price Index, Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area – September 2022

Area prices were up 0.4 percent over the past two months, up 7.4 percent from a year ago

Prices in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), increased 0.4 percent for the two months ending in September 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See table A.) Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that the food index increased 1.2 percent, and the energy index declined 5.9 percent from July to September. The all items less food and energy index rose 0.8 percent over the past two months. Within the all items less food and energy category, prices were higher over the two-month period for apparel; household furnishings and operations; tuition, other school fees, and childcare; and recreation. The index for used cars and trucks was lower. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, bi-monthly changes may reflect seasonal influences.)

Over the last 12 months, the CPI-U increased 7.4 percent. (See chart 1 and table A.) The index for all items less food and energy increased 5.3 percent over the year. Food prices rose 12.4 percent. Energy prices rose 24.4 percent, largely the result of an increase in the price of gasoline. (See table 1.)


Food

Food prices rose 1.2 percent for the two months ending in September. Prices for food at home (groceries) rose 0.3 percent, as three of the six the major grocery store food group indexes increased over the two-month period. Categories increasing included other food at home (includes sugar, sweets, fats, and oils, for example), 1.5 percent; nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials, 1.4 percent; and cereals and bakery products, 0.4 percent. The index for dairy and related products fell 1.7 percent; fruits and vegetables declined 0.6 percent; and meats, poultry, fish, and eggs decreased 0.1 percent. Prices for food away from home (restaurant, cafeteria, and vending purchases) increased 2.7 percent for the same period.

Over the year, food prices rose 12.4 percent. Prices for food at home increased 13.7 percent since a year ago. All six major grocery store food group indexes increased over the year. The index for other food at home increased 18.1 percent over the year and the index for fruits and vegetables rose 14.7 percent. Prices for food away from home increased 10.3 percent.

Energy

The energy index declined 5.9 percent for the two months ending in September. The decrease was mainly due to lower prices for gasoline (-17.6 percent). Prices for utility (piped) gas service increased 16.5 percent, and prices for electricity rose 1.2 percent for the same period.

Energy prices rose 24.4 percent over the year, largely due to higher prices for gasoline (23.1 percent). Prices paid for utility (piped) gas service rose 33.3 percent, and prices for electricity advanced 14.8 percent during the past year.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.8 percent in the latest two-month period. Higher prices for apparel (6.0 percent); household furnishings and operations (2.0 percent); tuition, other school fees, and childcare (2.5 percent); and recreation (1.8 percent) were contributing factors.  These increases were only partially offset by a 5.1-percent decline in the index for used cars and trucks.

Over the year, the index for all items less food and energy increased 5.3 percent. Components contributing to the increase included shelter (4.1 percent) and medical care (6.1 percent). Partly offsetting the increases was a price decrease in education and communication (-0.6 percent).

Table A. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, CPI-U 2-month and 12-month percent changes, all items index, not seasonally adjusted
Month 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
2-month 12-month 2-month 12-month 2-month 12-month 2-month 12-month 2-month 12-month

January

0.3 0.4 1.4 0.6 3.0 0.4 1.6 0.7 7.2

March

0.5 1.4 2.3 -0.3 1.2 1.1 3.0 2.1 8.2

May

1.0 1.0 2.3 -0.1 0.0 1.4 4.6 1.9 8.7

July

0.3 0.3 2.2 -0.1 -0.3 1.7 6.5 1.2 8.2

September

0.3 -0.2 1.7 2.1 1.9 1.1 5.4 0.4 7.4

November

-1.2 1.3 -0.2 2.8 -0.4 1.7 1.0 6.9

The November 2022 Consumer Price Index for the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, December 13, 2022.


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 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, Core Based Statistical Area covered in this release is comprised of Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, LeSueur, Mille Lacs, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Washington, and Wright Counties in Minnesota; and Pierce and St. Croix Counties in Wisconsin.

Information in this release will be made available to individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Telecommunications Relay Service: 7-1-1.

Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Indexes and percent changes for selected periods
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group

Indexes Percent change from-
Jul.
2022
Aug.
2022
Sep.
2022
Sep.
2021
Jul.
2022
Aug.
2022

Expenditure category

All items

289.265 - 290.325 7.4 0.4 -

All items (1967=100)

909.025 - 912.356 - - -

Food and beverages

343.401 - 347.394 11.6 1.2 -

Food

332.747 - 336.866 12.4 1.2 -

Food at home

306.316 307.733 307.310 13.7 0.3 -0.1

Cereals and bakery products

322.769 - 323.943 14.6 0.4 -

Meats, poultry, fish and eggs

337.321 - 337.012 7.3 -0.1 -

Dairy and related products

343.230 - 337.530 13.1 -1.7 -

Fruits and vegetables

419.442 - 416.927 14.7 -0.6 -

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials(1)

183.893 - 186.542 13.4 1.4 -

Other food at home

245.700 - 249.329 18.1 1.5 -

Food away from home

366.060 - 376.058 10.3 2.7 -

Alcoholic beverages

422.267 - 423.725 3.3 0.3 -

Housing

271.014 - 274.227 6.5 1.2 -

Shelter

310.534 310.083 311.417 4.1 0.3 0.4

Rent of primary residence(2)

318.385 319.460 321.341 4.6 0.9 0.6

Owners' equiv. rent of residences(2)(3)

328.458 328.938 331.428 4.4 0.9 0.8

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence(2)(3)

328.458 328.938 331.428 4.4 0.9 0.8

Fuels and utilities

295.289 - 314.210 20.4 6.4 -

Household energy

276.254 298.579 299.418 23.8 8.4 0.3

Energy services(2)

279.728 302.852 303.959 23.6 8.7 0.4

Electricity(2)

327.866 328.452 331.838 14.8 1.2 1.0

Utility (piped) gas service(2)

243.728 284.635 283.964 33.3 16.5 -0.2

Household furnishings and operations

145.606 - 148.504 9.5 2.0 -

Apparel

141.338 - 149.822 3.7 6.0 -

Transportation

264.117 - 254.111 13.3 -3.8 -

Private transportation

248.095 - 238.584 9.7 -3.8 -

New and used motor vehicles(4)

118.725 - 116.831 5.0 -1.6 -

New vehicles(1)

184.391 - 186.846 5.6 1.3 -

Used cars and trucks(1)

421.226 - 399.886 6.2 -5.1 -

Motor fuel

370.475 326.892 305.573 23.6 -17.5 -6.5

Gasoline (all types)

371.392 327.391 305.957 23.1 -17.6 -6.5

Gasoline, unleaded regular(5)

373.473 328.536 306.944 23.2 -17.8 -6.6

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade(5)(6)

364.305 326.299 304.860 23.3 -16.3 -6.6

Gasoline, unleaded premium(5)

440.664 397.679 372.908 22.8 -15.4 -6.2

Medical care

631.176 - 635.806 6.1 0.7 -

Recreation(4)

131.251 - 133.666 0.3 1.8 -

Education and communication(4)

140.915 - 140.908 -0.6 0.0 -

Tuition, other school fees, and childcare(1)

1,176.457 - 1,205.653 2.3 2.5 -

Other goods and services

447.364 - 454.011 11.1 1.5 -

Commodity and service group

All items

289.265 - 290.325 7.4 0.4 -

Commodities

227.854 - 225.310 9.2 -1.1 -

Commodities less food and beverages

176.711 - 172.413 7.9 -2.4 -

Nondurables less food and beverages

243.188 - 233.274 11.7 -4.1 -

Durables

123.368 - 122.476 4.4 -0.7 -

Services

342.694 - 347.384 6.3 1.4 -

Special aggregate indexes

All items less medical care

273.792 - 274.693 7.6 0.3 -

All items less shelter

281.011 - 282.143 9.0 0.4 -

Commodities less food

185.983 - 181.700 7.7 -2.3 -

Nondurables

290.605 - 286.846 11.7 -1.3 -

Nondurables less food

256.195 - 246.740 10.9 -3.7 -

Services less rent of shelter(3)

394.211 - 404.015 8.5 2.5 -

Services less medical care services

316.202 - 320.594 6.3 1.4 -

Energy

327.723 318.402 308.467 24.4 -5.9 -3.1

All items less energy

292.268 - 294.899 6.3 0.9 -

All items less food and energy

286.391 - 288.802 5.3 0.8 -

Footnotes
(1) Index on an April 1978=100 base.
(2) This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator. All other item stratum index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator.
(3) Index on a December 1982=100 base.
(4) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
(5) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(6) Index on a December 1993=100 base.

- Data not available.
Note: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date. Data not seasonally adjusted.

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022