Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Prices in the New York-Newark-Jersey City area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), advanced 1.3 percent in March, following a 0.3-percent increase in February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli said that March increase—the largest in 17 years—was driven by higher prices for energy. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, month-to-month changes may reflect seasonal influences.)
Over the year, the CPI-U advanced 6.1 percent. (See chart 1 and table A.) The 12-month percent increase was the highest since February 1991. The index for all items less food and energy increased 4.1 percent. Food prices rose 8.0 percent, and energy prices climbed 32.7 percent, led by higher prices for gasoline. (See table 1.)Food
Food prices rose 0.3 percent in March, with prices for food at home increasing 0.6 percent. Four of the six grocery categories recorded increases, led by the other food at home group, which includes spices, seasonings, condiments, and sauces, in addition to snacks. In contrast, prices for food away from home recorded its second consecutive decline, edging down 0.2 percent.
Over the year, food prices increased 8.0 percent. Prices for food at home advanced 9.4 percent—the largest over-the-year increase since June 1987. Prices for food away from home rose 6.0 percent.Energy
The energy index jumped 12.9 percent in March following a 6.0-percent drop in February. Gasoline prices, up 17.8 percent, led the upturn. Household energy prices also advanced (9.2 percent), largely due to a 14.8-percent rise in electricity charges. In contrast, natural gas prices declined 3.1 percent.
Energy prices advanced 32.7 percent over the year, partially driven by a 47.5-percent jump in gasoline prices. Household energy prices were up 22.3 percent, with electricity and natural gas prices increasing 19.5 and 13.8 percent, respectively.All items less food and energy
The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.6 percent in March. Shelter prices increased 0.4 percent. Within shelter, owners’ equivalent rent edged up 0.2 percent, and residential rent ticked down 0.1 percent. Apparel prices were up 4.0 percent. In contrast, prices for education and communication were down 0.4 percent.
For the year ended in March 2022, the index for all items less food and energy increased 4.1 percent. Shelter prices were up 2.1 percent, including increases of 2.4 percent for owners’ equivalent rise and 1.4 percent for residential rent. A 15.4-percent increase in prices for new and used motor vehicles, as well as an 8.3-percent advance in prices for recreation also contributed to the increase.
The April 2022 Consumer Price Index for the New York-Newark-Jersey City area is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. (ET).
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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|Item and Group||Indexes||Percent change from-|
All items (1967=100)
Food and beverages
Food at home
Cereals and bakery products
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs
Dairy and related products
Fruits and vegetables
Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials(1)
Other food at home
Food away from home
Rent of primary residence
Owners' equivalent rent of residences(2)
Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence(2)
Fuels and utilities
Utility (piped) gas service
Household furnishings and operations
New and used motor vehicles(3)
Used cars and trucks(1)
Gasoline (all types)
Gasoline, unleaded regular(4)
Gasoline, unleaded premium(4)
Education and communication(3)
Tuition, other school fees, and child care(1)
Other goods and services
Commodity and service group
Commodities less food and beverages
Nondurables less food and beverages
Special aggregate indexes
All items less medical care
All items less shelter
Commodities less food
Nondurables less food
Services less rent of shelter(2)
Services less medical care services
All items less energy
All items less food and energy
Last Modified Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022