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22-2011-DAL
Thursday, October 13, 2022

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Consumer Price Index, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area – September 2022

Area prices rose 0.5 percent in August and September, up 9.2 percent over the year.

Prices in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), increased 0.5 percent for the two months ending in September 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Michael Hirniak noted that the all items less food and energy index advanced 1.5 percent in August and September, largely due to increases in the shelter and apparel categories. The food index increased 2.4 percent, while the energy index fell 9.8 percent over the past two months. (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 9.2 percent. The index for all items less food and energy increased 7.2 percent over the year, the largest 12-month increase since the index was published in 1983. Food prices rose 14.2 percent during the same period, the largest increase since March 1974. Energy prices rose 21.7 percent, largely the result of an increase in the price of electricity. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

Food

Food prices rose 2.4 percent for the two months ending in September. (See table 1.) Prices for food at home rose 2.4 percent, mainly due to price increases for fruits and vegetables (+8.2 percent) and other food at home (+3.2 percent). This increase was slightly offset by lower prices for nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials (-2.0 percent) and dairy and related products (-0.9 percent). Prices for food away from home increased 2.3 percent for the same period.

Over the year, food prices rose 14.2 percent; this rise was driven by historic increases in both major food categories.  Prices for food at home increased 16.8 percent since a year ago, also the largest 12-month increase since March 1974. The increase was mainly due to large increases in the other food at home (+20.8 percent) and fruits and vegetables (+21.9 percent) categories, but all six grocery indexes contributed. Prices for food away from home increased 11.1 percent, the second consecutive double-digit increase seen for this category.

Energy

The energy index declined 9.8 percent in August and September. The decrease was mainly due to lower prices for gasoline (-21.6 percent). The two-month decline was partially offset by an increase in prices for natural gas service (+13.1 percent) and electricity (+1.3 percent).

From September 2021 to September 2022, energy prices rose 21.7 percent, mainly due to higher prices for electricity (+30.7 percent). Prices paid for natural gas service rose 36.1 percent, and prices for gasoline increased 11.2 percent during the past year.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.5 percent in the latest two-month period. Components most contributing to the rise include shelter (+1.8 percent), apparel (+4.5 percent), and motor vehicle maintenance and repair. These increases were partially offset by lower prices for used cars and trucks (-4.3 percent).

Over the year, the index for all items less food and energy increased 7.2 percent. The index for shelter increased 8.6 percent, the largest 12-month increase since the period ending in December 1981. Other indexes with notable increases over the year include new and used motor vehicles (+9.7 percent) and medical care (+6.2 percent). Slightly offsetting the increase was a decline in the index for education and communication (-3.2 percent).

The November 2022 Consumer Price Index for the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 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 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas, Core Based Statistical Area includes the counties of Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals 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,
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, September 2022 (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

All items

277.005 - 278.297 9.2 0.5 -

All items (1967 = 100)

868.949 - 873.002      

Food and beverages

307.220 - 314.586 13.5 2.4 -

Food

302.627 - 309.825 14.2 2.4 -

Food at home

259.676 262.666 265.951 16.8 2.4 1.3

Cereals and bakery products

299.302 - 305.384 12.4 2.0 -

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

319.096 - 322.263 12.5 1.0 -

Dairy and related products

233.823 - 231.714 19.1 -0.9 -

Fruits and vegetables

213.303 - 230.784 21.9 8.2 -

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials(1)

229.262 - 224.768 13.7 -2.0 -

Other food at home

248.796 - 256.663 20.8 3.2 -

Food away from home

366.109 - 374.636 11.1 2.3 -

Alcoholic beverages

361.785 - 371.484 5.4 2.7 -

Housing

272.042 - 276.995 10.6 1.8 -

Shelter

298.028 301.169 303.312 8.6 1.8 0.7

Rent of primary residence

324.536 326.759 330.192 10.1 1.7 1.1

Owners' equivalent rent of residences(2)

319.516 322.349 325.239 7.8 1.8 0.9

Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence(2)

319.516 322.349 325.239 7.8 1.8 0.9

Fuels and utilities

338.087 - 345.991 23.8 2.3 -

Household energy

326.246 331.995 336.048 31.3 3.0 1.2

Energy services

321.856 327.692 331.715 31.6 3.1 1.2

Electricity

306.957 306.957 310.933 30.7 1.3 1.3

Utility (piped) gas service

310.929 348.467 351.560 36.1 13.1 0.9

Household furnishings and operations

135.384 - 137.351 10.4 1.5 -

Apparel

112.110 - 117.128 4.2 4.5 -

Transportation

272.281 - 258.138 13.3 -5.2 -

Private transportation

279.365 - 262.579 11.8 -6.0 -

New and used motor vehicles(3)

139.430 - 136.025 9.7 -2.4 -

New vehicles(1)

223.366 - 224.554 5.2 0.5 -

Used cars and trucks(1)

500.696 - 479.284 7.9 -4.3 -

Motor fuel

380.841 324.912 299.797 12.1 -21.3 -7.7

Gasoline (all types)

377.041 321.328 295.585 11.2 -21.6 -8.0

Gasoline, unleaded regular(4)

363.973 309.715 284.487 11.2 -21.8 -8.1

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade(4)(5)

396.648 339.021 313.843 11.3 -20.9 -7.4

Gasoline, unleaded premium(4)

390.679 337.274 313.917 11.0 -19.6 -6.9

Medical care

499.554 - 505.119 6.2 1.1 -

Recreation(3)

123.216 - 124.766 -0.1 1.3 -

Education and communication(3)

131.565 - 131.754 -3.2 0.1 -

Tuition, other school fees, and childcare(1)

1,297.449 - 1,324.873 2.5 2.1 -

Other goods and services

- - 483.670 3.6 - -

Commodity and service group

Commodities

212.027 - 207.521 9.4 -2.1 -

Commodities less food and beverages

169.356 - 161.780 7.3 -4.5 -

Nondurables less food and beverages

219.023 - 201.139 8.7 -8.2 -

Durables

128.489 - 128.377 5.8 -0.1 -

Services

341.037 - 347.220 9.0 1.8 -

Special aggregate indexes

All items less shelter

268.185 - 267.470 9.5 -0.3 -

All items less medical care

266.118 - 267.200 9.4 0.4 -

Commodities less food

174.400 - 166.994 7.2 -4.2 -

Nondurables

259.888 - 252.086 11.1 -3.0 -

Nondurables less food

225.898 - 208.842 8.4 -7.6 -

Services less rent of shelter(2)

397.501 - 404.625 9.4 1.8 -

Services less medical care services

323.154 - 329.278 9.3 1.9 -

Energy

354.394 329.943 319.720 21.7 -9.8 -3.1

All items less energy

275.387 - 279.907 8.0 1.6 -

All items less food and energy

271.294 - 275.468 7.2 1.5 -

(1) Indexes on a February 1978=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) Index on a December 1993=100.

- Data not available.

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022