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22-891-ATL
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

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Consumer Price Index, Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell — April 2022

Area prices up 10.8 percent over the past 12 months

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell increased 1.9 percent from February to April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the index for all items less food and energy advanced 1.2 percent over the bi-monthly period. The energy index and the food index also increased from February to April, up 7.6 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, bi-monthly changes may reflect the impact of seasonal influences.)

The all items CPI-U advanced 10.8 percent for the 12 months ending in April. The index for all items less food and energy increased 9.8 over the past year. The energy index (+23.5 percent) and the food index (+9.3 percent) also increased over the past 12 months. (See chart 1 and table 1.)


Food

The food index rose 2.2 percent from February to April, led by a 3.1-percent increase in the food at home index. The food away from home index also increased over the bi-monthly period, up 1.1 percent.

The food index jumped 9.3 percent for the 12 months ending in April. The food at home and the food away from home indexes each advanced over the past year, up 9.4 percent and 9.0 percent, respectively.

Energy

The energy index rose 7.6 percent from February to April, reflecting a 14.3-percent increase in the gasoline index.

The energy index rose 23.5 percent for the 12 months ending in April. The gasoline index contributed to the increase, up 40.2 percent over the past year.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy rose 1.2 percent from February to April, led by a 2.0-percent increase in the shelter index. In contrast, the education and communication index declined 2.4 percent over the bi-monthly period.  

The index for all items less food and energy advanced 9.8 percent for the 12 months ending in April. Several indexes contributed to the increase, most notable, shelter (+9.9 percent).

Table A. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, 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

February

1.2 3.3 1.2 1.3 0.8 2.9 1.6 2.4 2.3 10.6

April

0.2 2.8 1.4 2.5 -1.8 -0.3 1.6 6.0 1.9 10.8

June

1.2 2.8 -0.1 1.1 1.1 0.9 1.8 6.7

August

0.3 2.2 1.3 2.2 1.2 0.7 1.1 6.6

October

-1.0 1.6 -0.2 3.0 0.3 1.2 1.5 7.9

December

-0.6 1.4 -0.3 3.3 0.1 1.6 1.9 9.8

The Consumer Price Index for May 2022 is scheduled to be released on Friday, June 10, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. (ET).


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 population and (2) a CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which covers 29 percent of the total 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 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, Core Based Statistical Area covered in this release is comprised of Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton Counties in Georgia.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals 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
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group

Indexes Percent change from-
Feb.
2022
Mar.
2022
Apr.
2022
Apr.
2021
Feb.
2022
Mar.
2022

Expenditure category

All Items

279.743 - 284.925 10.8 1.9 -

All items (1967=100)

843.618 - 859.247 - - -

Food and beverages

284.255 - 290.222 8.9 2.1 -

Food

298.560 - 305.231 9.3 2.2 -

Food at home

274.651 280.014 283.096 9.4 3.1 1.1

Cereals and bakery products

228.402 - 235.392 6.7 3.1 -

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

316.239 - 331.659 11.9 4.9 -

Dairy and related products

251.158 - 242.268 1.8 -3.5 -

Fruits and vegetables

319.516 - 325.914 6.2 2.0 -

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials(1)

290.030 - 305.963 15.0 5.5 -

Other food at home

235.511 - 243.165 10.1 3.2 -

Food away from home

336.596 - 340.431 9.0 1.1 -

Alcoholic beverages

158.642 - 159.005 2.2 0.2 -

Housing

287.546 - 292.048 9.3 1.6 -

Shelter

319.920 322.781 326.384 9.9 2.0 1.1

Rent of primary residence

337.027 337.849 341.221 10.0 1.2 1.0

Owners' equiv. rent of residences(2)

314.173 316.178 319.701 10.2 1.8 1.1

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence(2)

314.173 316.178 319.701 10.2 1.8 1.1

Fuels and utilities

333.896 - - - - -

Household energy

282.270 281.920 - - - -

Energy Services

280.025 279.393 - - - -

Electricity

225.007 225.007 - - - -

Utility (piped) gas service

- - - - - -

Household furnishings and operations

142.319 - 142.602 7.1 0.2 -

Apparel

161.284 - 159.388 13.3 -1.2 -

Transportation

266.286 - 279.332 24.4 4.9 -

Private transportation

271.756 - 281.796 24.4 3.7 -

New and used motor vehicles(3)

140.911 - 141.523 - 0.4 -

New vehicles(1)

287.347 - 291.412 - 1.4 -

Used cars and trucks(1)

319.189 - 311.211 22.1 -2.5 -

Motor fuel

293.160 359.349 335.758 40.6 14.5 -6.6

Gasoline (all types)

291.052 356.582 332.733 40.2 14.3 -6.7

Unleaded regular(4)

285.743 350.905 326.739 40.6 14.3 -6.9

Unleaded midgrade(4)(5)

363.583 440.635 416.373 40.6 14.5 -5.5

Unleaded premium(4)

308.779 371.231 352.204 36.3 14.1 -5.1

Medical Care

- - - - - -

Recreation(3)

93.578 - 94.198 4.5 0.7 -

Education and communication(3)

143.542 - 140.167 -0.6 -2.4 -

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

1,591.088 - 1,551.696 2.8 -2.5 -

Other goods and services

438.140 - 452.186 11.7 3.2 -

Commodity and service group

All Items

279.743 - 284.925 10.8 1.9 -

Commodities

211.229 - 215.179 14.5 1.9 -

Commodities less food & beverages

176.817 - 179.851 17.7 1.7 -

Nondurables less food & beverages

216.789 - 226.858 17.9 4.6 -

Durables

135.882 - 133.749 17.3 -1.6 -

Services

343.554 - 349.880 8.6 1.8 -

Special aggregate indexes

All items less medical care

267.638 - 272.834 11.4 1.9 -

All items less shelter

267.425 - 272.160 11.3 1.8 -

Commodities less food

175.673 - 178.574 17.1 1.7 -

Nondurables

245.892 - 253.814 12.9 3.2 -

Nondurables less food

210.757 - 219.814 16.7 4.3 -

Services less rent of shelter(2)

385.020 - 391.302 7.1 1.6 -

Services less medical care services

325.352 - 331.633 9.0 1.9 -

Energy

264.024 295.553 284.089 23.5 7.6 -3.9

All items less energy

281.268 - 285.145 9.8 1.4 -

All items less food and energy

278.955 - 282.346 9.8 1.2 -

Footnotes
(1) Index is on a December 1977=100 base.
(2) Index is 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.

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

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022