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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

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Consumer Price Index, Riverside Area – January 2021

Area prices were up 0.9 percent over the past two months, up 2.2 percent from a year ago

Prices in the Riverside area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), advanced 0.9 percent for the two months ending in January 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard Holden noted that the January increase was influenced by higher prices for household furnishings and operations, gasoline, and apparel. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, bi-monthly changes may reflect seasonal influences.)

Over the last 12 months, the CPI-U rose 2.2 percent. The index for all items less food and energy rose 2.0 percent over the year. Food prices increased 6.0 percent. Energy prices declined 1.1 percent, largely the result of a decrease in the price of gasoline. (See table 1.)

Food

Food prices advanced 1.1 percent for the two months ending in January. (See table 1.) Prices for food at home increased 1.1 percent, led by higher prices for dairy and related products (6.3 percent) and cereals and bakery products (6.2 percent). Prices for food away from home rose 1.1 percent for the same period.

Over the year, food prices increased 6.0 percent. Prices for food at home increased 9.0 percent since a year ago, led by fruits and vegetables (14.8 percent). Prices for food away from home increased 2.7 percent.

Energy

The energy index rose 2.6 percent for the two months ending in January. The increase was mainly due to higher prices for gasoline (4.4 percent). Prices for natural gas service rose 3.7 percent, while prices for electricity were unchanged for the same period.

Energy prices declined 1.1 percent over the year, largely due to lower prices for gasoline (-8.3 percent). Prices paid for electricity jumped 11.2 percent, and prices for natural gas service rose 6.8 percent during the past year.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.6 percent in the latest two-month period. Higher prices for apparel (6.9 percent) and household furnishings and operations (5.8 percent) were partially offset by lower prices for recreation (-2.1 percent) and education and communication (-1.0 percent).

Over the year, the index for all items less food and energy rose 2.0 percent. Components contributing to the increase included apparel (8.7 percent), medical care (3.9 percent), and shelter (1.5 percent).

The March 2021 Consumer Price Index for the Riverside area is scheduled to be released on April 13, 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Impact on January 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 January 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 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA metropolitan area includes Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in California.

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Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Indexes and percent changes for selected periods

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (December 2017=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group

Indexes Percent change from-
Nov.
2020
Dec.
2020
Jan.
2021
Jan.
2020
Nov.
2020
Dec.
2020

Expenditure category

All items

108.626 - 109.550 2.2 0.9 -

Food and beverages

111.702 - 112.682 5.8 0.9 -

Food

112.011 - 113.231 6.0 1.1 -

Food at home

110.756 110.914 111.921 9.0 1.1 0.9

Cereals and bakery products

111.660 - 118.631 13.1 6.2 -

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

108.492 - 107.611 6.3 -0.8 -

Dairy and related products

106.197 - 112.929 6.8 6.3 -

Fruits and vegetables

119.733 - 119.763 14.8 0.0 -

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials

111.989 - 112.955 4.6 0.9 -

Other food at home

107.674 - 106.640 8.6 -1.0 -

Food away from home

112.942 - 114.220 2.7 1.1 -

Alcoholic beverages

106.567 - 102.904 3.1 -3.4 -

Housing

111.284 - 112.236 2.1 0.9 -

Shelter

111.167 111.311 111.547 1.5 0.3 0.2

Rent of primary residence

111.942 112.367 112.558 2.3 0.6 0.2

Owners' equiv. rent of residences

111.476 111.809 112.058 1.6 0.5 0.2

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence

111.476 111.809 112.058 1.6 0.5 0.2

Fuels and utilities

120.042 - 121.191 7.5 1.0 -

Household energy

121.251 121.632 121.681 9.8 0.4 0.0

Energy services

121.575 121.870 122.426 10.3 0.7 0.5

Electricity

120.854 120.854 120.826 11.2 0.0 0.0

Utility (piped) gas service

123.532 125.058 128.050 6.8 3.7 2.4

Household furnishings and operations

100.924 - 106.755 1.6 5.8 -

Apparel

95.030 - 101.618 8.7 6.9 -

Transportation

101.899 - 103.615 -2.9 1.7 -

Private transportation

102.962 - 105.221 -1.3 2.2 -

New and used motor vehicles

99.440 - 100.281 1.8 0.8 -

New vehicles

103.167 - 103.404 1.5 0.2 -

Used cars and trucks

110.233 - 108.366 9.1 -1.7 -

Motor fuel

101.159 101.623 105.705 -8.4 4.5 4.0

Gasoline (all types)

101.343 101.669 105.773 -8.3 4.4 4.0

Gasoline, unleaded regular(1)

101.159 101.504 105.676 -8.4 4.5 4.1

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade(1)

104.612 104.400 107.680 -7.2 2.9 3.1

Gasoline, unleaded premium(1)

101.678 101.991 105.872 -8.1 4.1 3.8

Motor vehicle insurance

116.013 - 121.221 6.7 4.5 -

Medical care

109.482 - 109.847 3.9 0.3 -

Recreation

105.481 - 103.310 4.0 -2.1 -

Education and communication

108.483 - 107.433 2.6 -1.0 -

Tuition, other school fees, and child care

119.282 - 118.503 2.0 -0.7 -

Other goods and services

109.019 - 110.704 2.8 1.5 -

Commodity and service group

All items

108.626 - 109.550 2.2 0.9 -

Commodities

105.460 - 107.516 3.0 1.9 -

Commodities less food & beverages

101.765 - 104.452 1.2 2.6 -

Nondurables less food & beverages

98.740 - 102.445 -1.6 3.8 -

Durables

104.478 - 106.067 4.3 1.5 -

Services

110.576 - 110.837 1.8 0.2 -

Special aggregate indexes

All items less medical care

108.568 - 109.530 2.1 0.9 -

All items less shelter

107.224 - 108.468 2.7 1.2 -

Commodities less food

101.862 - 104.370 1.3 2.5 -

Nondurables

105.624 - 107.882 2.4 2.1 -

Nondurables less food

99.112 - 102.428 -1.4 3.3 -

Services less rent of shelter

109.723 - 109.816 2.4 0.1 -

Services less medical care services

110.376 - 110.648 1.6 0.2 -

Energy

109.916 110.349 112.794 -1.1 2.6 2.2

All items less energy

108.490 - 109.243 2.6 0.7 -

All items less food and energy

107.950 - 108.628 2.0 0.6 -

Footnotes
(1) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.

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

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021