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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

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Consumer Price Index, New York-Newark-Jersey City – June 2021

Area prices up 1.0 percent over the month and 4.1 percent over the year

Prices in the New York-Newark-Jersey City area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), rose 1.0 percent in June, following increases of 0.5 percent in May and 0.7 percent in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that the advance was influenced by higher prices for all items less food and energy. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, month-to-month changes may reflect the impact of seasonal influences.)

Over-the-year, the CPI-U rose 4.1 percent. (See chart 1 and table A.) June marked the first month since October 2008 that the 12-month percent increase exceeded 4.0 percent. Energy prices climbed 16.8 percent, largely the result of an increase in the price of gasoline. Food prices increased 1.8 percent. The index for all items less food and energy rose 3.7 percent. (See table 1.)

  Chart 1. Over-the-year percent change in CPI-U, New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, June 2018–June 2021

Food

Food prices increased 0.8 percent for the month of June. Prices for food at home rose 0.9 percent. Four of the six grocery categories had price increases, with the largest increase in the meats, poultry, fish and eggs category (3.9 percent). Prices for food away from home increased 0.6 percent.

For the year ended in June 2021, food prices advanced 1.8 percent. Prices for food at home edged up 0.2 percent, while prices for food away from home rose 3.7 percent.

Energy

The energy index rose 2.8 percent over the month. The increase was mainly due to higher prices for household energy (3.6 percent). Prices for electricity rose 3.7 percent; prices for natural gas increased 3.1 percent, following three consecutive declines. Gasoline prices rose 1.8 in June, after increasing 4.2 percent in May.    

Over the year, energy prices rose 16.8 percent, largely due to a 40.1-percent climb in gasoline prices. Prices paid for natural gas service advanced 7.6 percent, while prices for electricity declined 0.4 percent.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy advanced 0.9 percent in June. Higher prices were reported for new and used motor vehicles (7.3 percent) and recreation (2.8 percent). Prices for shelter rose 0.5 percent, the largest increase since January 2020. Lower prices for medical care (-0.5 percent) and a seasonal decline in apparel prices (-0.7 percent) partially offset the increases.

From June 2020 to June 2021, the index for all items less food and energy rose 3.7 percent. Components with over-the-year increases included new and used motor vehicles (20.9 percent), shelter (1.8 percent), and apparel (10.6 percent). Within shelter, owners’ equivalent rent rose 1.0 percent, and residential rent ticked up 0.1 percent.

Table A. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, CPI-U 1-month and 12-month percent changes, all items index, not seasonally adjusted
Month 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
1-month 12-month 1-month 12-month 1-month 12-month 1-month 12-month 1-month 12-month

January

0.6 2.5 0.4 1.4 0.5 1.6 0.8 2.5 0.4 1.2

February

0.3 2.6 0.5 1.7 0.2 1.3 0.2 2.4 0.3 1.4

March

0.0 2.3 0.0 1.7 0.3 1.6 -0.2 2.0 0.4 2.0

April

0.1 2.0 0.3 1.9 0.3 1.6 -0.5 1.1 0.7 3.2

May

0.1 1.8 0.4 2.2 0.2 1.5 0.5 1.4 0.5 3.2

June

0.2 1.8 0.1 2.0 0.3 1.7 0.1 1.3 1.0 4.1

July

-0.2 1.6 0.0 2.2 0.0 1.7 0.5 1.7

August

0.2 1.7 0.1 2.2 0.2 1.8 -0.1 1.4

September

0.5 2.1 0.4 2.0 0.0 1.4 0.4 1.9

October

-0.2 1.8 -0.1 2.0 0.0 1.5 -0.2 1.7

November

-0.1 1.6 -0.2 1.9 0.1 1.8 -0.3 1.4

December

0.1 1.6 -0.2 1.6 0.1 2.2 0.4 1.6

The July 2021 Consumer Price Index for the New York-Newark-Jersey City area is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. (ET).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Impact on June 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 June 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

https://www.bls.gov/covid19/effects-of-covid-19-pandemic-on-consumer-price-index.htm.


Technical Note

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measures 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 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Core Based Statistical Area includes Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties in New York; Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union Counties in New Jersey; and Pike County in Pennsylvania.

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Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Indexes and percent changes for selected periods, New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, not seasonally adjusted
(1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group Indexes Percent change from-
April
2021
May
2021
June
2021
June
2020
April
2021
May
2021

Expenditure category

All items

289.493 290.991 293.872 4.1 1.5 1.0

All items (1967=100)

836.885 841.216 849.543      

Food and beverages

287.011 286.955 289.062 1.8 0.7 0.7

Food

287.250 287.277 289.528 1.8 0.8 0.8

Food at home

271.550 271.019 273.446 0.2 0.7 0.9

Cereals and bakery products

315.173 313.059 305.328 -4.5 -3.1 -2.5

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

274.012 275.305 286.111 1.9 4.4 3.9

Dairy and related products

241.696 239.570 242.056 -0.2 0.1 1.0

Fruits and vegetables

341.386 339.627 339.105 0.1 -0.7 -0.2

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials(1)

268.312 266.678 267.008 0.7 -0.5 0.1

Other food at home

235.774 236.062 237.801 1.2 0.9 0.7

Food away from home

317.349 318.164 320.230 3.7 0.9 0.6

Alcoholic beverages

278.888 277.704 277.787 2.5 -0.4 0.0

Housing

312.728 313.864 316.315 2.5 1.1 0.8

Shelter

395.644 396.656 398.824 1.8 0.8 0.5

Rent of primary residence

408.794 408.391 408.583 0.1 -0.1 0.0

Owners' equivalent rent of residences(2)

403.234 403.677 404.330 1.0 0.3 0.2

Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence(2)

402.735 403.177 403.829 1.0 0.3 0.2

Fuels and utilities

201.608 203.536 209.964 4.5 4.1 3.2

Household energy

190.667 192.869 199.716 4.6 4.7 3.6

Energy services

184.739 186.784 193.393 1.9 4.7 3.5

Electricity

185.167 189.853 196.959 -0.4 6.4 3.7

Utility (piped) gas service

171.113 167.704 172.855 7.6 1.0 3.1

Household furnishings and operations

116.919 117.974 118.934 8.2 1.7 0.8

Apparel

124.678 125.626 124.798 10.6 0.1 -0.7

Transportation

233.736 239.716 246.962 16.1 5.7 3.0

Private transportation

227.887 231.454 240.305 19.2 5.4 3.8

New and used motor vehicles(3)

103.688 105.142 112.830 20.9 8.8 7.3

New vehicles(1)

213.183 212.325 215.041 3.7 0.9 1.3

Used cars and trucks(1)

324.917 346.261 383.799 45.3 18.1 10.8

Motor fuel

231.080 240.649 245.017 39.7 6.0 1.8

Gasoline (all types)

230.269 239.911 244.273 40.1 6.1 1.8

Gasoline, unleaded regular(4)

228.945 239.048 243.384 41.8 6.3 1.8

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade(4)(5)

238.882 247.797 252.773 31.7 5.8 2.0

Gasoline, unleaded premium(4)

241.999 248.008 252.512 28.9 4.3 1.8

Motor vehicle insurance(1)

777.234 777.224 777.224 4.1 0.0 0.0

Medical care

536.584 537.225 534.576 -0.3 -0.4 -0.5

Recreation(3)

130.753 130.743 134.423 3.8 2.8 2.8

Education and communication(3)

151.253 151.377 152.071 2.9 0.5 0.5

Tuition, other school fees, and child care(1)

1,272.387 1,274.893 1,278.436 1.6 0.5 0.3

Other goods and services

449.590 449.505 451.073 2.6 0.3 0.3

Commodity and service group

All items

289.493 290.991 293.872 4.1 1.5 1.0

Commodities

199.643 201.131 203.246 7.2 1.8 1.1

Commodities less food and beverages

147.839 149.932 151.919 12.3 2.8 1.3

Nondurables less food and beverages

185.512 188.274 188.302 11.7 1.5 0.0

Durables

99.179 100.462 103.994 13.3 4.9 3.5

Services

364.959 366.507 370.043 2.8 1.4 1.0

Special aggregate indexes

All items less medical care

278.764 280.296 283.405 4.5 1.7 1.1

All items less shelter

247.366 249.056 252.220 5.6 2.0 1.3

Commodities less food

152.689 154.697 156.639 11.8 2.6 1.3

Nondurables

237.337 238.782 239.814 5.8 1.0 0.4

Nondurables less food

191.117 193.653 193.684 10.9 1.3 0.0

Services less rent of shelter(2)

343.048 345.127 350.162 4.1 2.1 1.5

Services less medical care services

349.744 351.360 355.208 3.1 1.6 1.1

Energy

208.610 213.605 219.623 16.8 5.3 2.8

All items less energy

299.431 300.654 303.305 3.4 1.3 0.9

All items less food and energy

303.634 305.062 307.797 3.7 1.4 0.9

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

 

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021