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Inflation accelerates

CPI U.S. Economy



Prices increased on the faster pace again, led by increase in gasoline prices.
The Consumer price Indexes increased by 0.4 % in February on the seasonally adjusted basis, reported by the U.S. Labor Department. CPI advanced by 1.7 % for the year, as the core rate increased on the slower rate than total consumer price index.

Consumer faced increasing prices across many sectors including, food, energy, gasoline and communication.

Stripping out the volatile food and energy categories, the core rate of consumer price inflation rose less than a half of total cpi, by 0.1 % on the seasonally adjusted basis.
The core index is usually viewed by investors and the Federal Reserve as a better gauge of inflationary pressure because it excludes the volatile food and energy categories.
Closely monitored CPI excluding food and energy increased by 1.3 % from Feb. 2020.



Housing & Apparel   Food
Prices for housing have increased by higher rate than in previous period, housing increased by 0.2 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, energy services rose the most, by 0.9 %. Prices for housing advanced by 1.8 % for the year.


Apparel prices have increased by higher rate than in previous period, housing sunk by -0.7 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, led by price decrease in mens, boys, infants and toddlers apparel. Apparel prices faded by -3.6 % for the year.


Food & beverages prices continue to grow by higher rate, food prices increased by 0.2 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, where meats, poultry, fish and food at home prices grew above average, while prices for alcoholic beverages fell. Over the last 12 months, food prices soared by 3.6 %.


0.10% 2.20% 0.00% 0.00% 0.30% 2.00% -0.10% 2.50%
Fuels & Transportation
Energy prices have increased by higher rate than in previous period, energy jumped by 3.9 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, retail prices grew by 2.4 % over the past 12 months.

CPI Fuel The Consumer Price Index for Transportation advanced by 1.10 %, from Jan. 2021 and went up by 0.60 %, from Feb. 2020.

New vehicles remained unchanged from Jan. 2021 and moved up by 1.20 %, from Feb. 2020.

Gasoline all types climbed by 6.40 %, from Jan. 2021 and rose by 1.50 %, from Feb. 2020. Public transportation decreased by -2.30 %, from Jan. 2021 and fell by -16.20 %, from Feb. 2020.



Consumer Price Index Y/Y
Consumer Price Indexes
CPI by Category
(from the same month a year ago change, % )
Feb. 2021
final
Jan. 2021
final
Dec. 2020
final
Nov. 2020
final
Oct. 2020
final
Sep. 2020
final
All Items
1.7 % 1.4 % 1.4 % 1.2 % 1.2 % 1.4 %
All items ex. Food and energy
1.3 % 1.4 % 1.6 % 1.6 % 1.6 % 1.7 %
Food & beverages
3.6 % 3.8 % 3.9 % 3.7 % 3.9 % 3.9 %
Food at home
3.5 % 3.7 % 3.9 % 3.6 % 4 % 4.1 %
Meats poultry fish & eggs
5.2 % 5.1 % 4.6 % 5.9 % 6.1 % 6.3 %
Nonalcoholic beverages & beverage materials
4 % 4.3 % 4.4 % 3 % 4.4 % 4.2 %
Alcoholic beverages
2 % 2.4 % 2.8 % 3 % 2.3 % 1.8 %
Food away from home
3.7 % 3.9 % 3.9 % 3.8 % 3.9 % 3.8 %
             
Housing
1.8 % 1.8 % 2 % 2 % 1.9 % 2 %
Shelter
1.5 % 1.6 % 1.8 % 1.9 % 2 % 2 %
Lodging away from home
-14.9 % -11.4 % -9.5 % -10.8 % -13.7 % -13 %
Fuels & utilities
3.4 % 2.1 % 2.3 % 1.8 % 1.1 % 1.2 %
Household energy
3.4 % 1.6 % 1.8 % 1.3 % 0.5 % 0.5 %
Fuel oil & other fuels
-0.5 % -16.5 % -20 % -26.4 % -28.2 % -27.2 %
Energy services
3.2 % 2.1 % 2.6 % 2.3 % 1.4 % 1.4 %
Water & sewer & trash collection
3.6 % 3.6 % 3.6 % 3.3 % 3.3 % 3.4 %
Household furnishings & operations
2.6 % 2.9 % 3.2 % 2.7 % 2.1 % 2.2 %
             
Apparel
-3.6 % -2.5 % -3.9 % -5.2 % -5.5 % -6 %
Mens & boys apparel
-4.1 % -2.6 % -3.2 % -5.6 % -8.3 % -7.2 %
Womens & girls apparel
-4.2 % -3.3 % -5.9 % -6.9 % -5.4 % -7.2 %
Infants & toddlers apparel
-6.8 % -5.7 % -5.4 % -4.5 % -7.6 % -5.8 %
Footwear
-2.3 % -2.1 % -2.2 % -2.5 % -3.5 % -4.8 %
             
Transportation
0.6 % -1.3 % -2.4 % -3.3 % -3.5 % -3.2 %
Private transportation
2.2 % -0.2 % -1.5 % -2.6 % -2.6 % -2 %
New & used motor vehicles
3.7 % 4.1 % 4.8 % 5.1 % 4.7 % 3.9 %
New vehicles
1.2 % 1.4 % 2 % 1.6 % 1.5 % 1 %
Used cars & trucks
9.3 % 10 % 10 % 10.9 % 11.5 % 10.3 %
Motor fuel
1.4 % -8.7 % -15.3 % -19.4 % -18.1 % -15.4 %
Gasoline all types
1.5 % -8.6 % -15.2 % -19.3 % -18 % -15.4 %
Motor vehicle parts & equipment
2.6 % 2.9 % 3.2 % 2.7 % 2.1 % 2.2 %
Motor vehicle maintenance & repair
3.1 % 3.5 % 3.4 % 3.6 % 3.2 % 3.3 %
Public transportation
-16.2 % -13.9 % -12 % -12 % -14.1 % -16.5 %
             
Medical care
2 % 1.9 % 1.8 % 2.4 % 2.9 % 4.2 %
Medical care commodities
-2.5 % -2.3 % -2.5 % -1.1 % -0.8 % 0.9 %
Medical care services
3 % 2.9 % 2.8 % 3.2 % 3.7 % 4.9 %
Professional services
3.9 % 2.9 % 1.9 % 2 % 2.1 % 2.2 %
Hospital & related services
2.5 % 2.7 % 3 % 2.9 % 2.9 % 4.6 %
               
Recreation
- % - % - % - % - % - %
Video & audio
2.7 % 2.1 % 2.6 % 2.8 % 3.3 % 3.4 %
             
Education & communication
1.7 % 1.7 % 2 % 1.9 % - % 2.1 %
Education
-2.7 % -1.9 % -2.5 % -4.3 % -5 % -6 %
Educational books & supplies
3.4 % 3 % 0.7 % 0.2 % 0.9 % 0.2 %
Tuition other school fees & childcare
1.1 % 1.2 % 1.4 % 1.3 % 1.3 % 1.5 %
             
Communication
2.2 % 2.1 % 2.4 % 2.4 % 2.8 % 2.7 %
Information & information processing
2.2 % 2.1 % 2.4 % 2.3 % 2.8 % 2.7 %
Telephone services
4.3 % 4 % 4.2 % 4.4 % 5 % 5 %
Information technology hardware & services
-1.5 % -1.3 % -0.8 % -1.3 % -1.1 % -1.3 %
Personal computers & peripheral equi.
- % - % - % - % - % - %
             
Other goods & services
- % - % - % - % - % - %
Tobacco & smoking products
7 % 6.7 % 5.1 % 4.4 % 4.5 % 5 %
Personal care
1 % 1.1 % 1.8 % 1.1 % 1.3 % 1.7 %
Personal care products
-0.6 % 0.2 % -0.3 % -0.9 % -0.9 % -0.5 %
Personal care services
5.6 % 5.7 % 5.6 % 4.8 % 5.2 % 5 %
Miscellaneous personal services
-0.1 % -0.5 % 1.1 % 0.7 % 1.3 % 1.8 %
Commodities
2.2 % 1.5 % 0.9 % 0.2 % 0.3 % 0.5 %
Energy index
2.4 % -3.6 % -7 % -9.4 % -9.2 % -7.7 %


Consumer Price Index M/M
Consumer Price Indexes
CPI
(Month on Month change, % )
Feb. 2021
final
Jan. 2021
final
Nov. 2020
final
Oct. 2020
final
Sep. 2020
final
Aug. 2020
final
All Items
0.4 % 0.3 % 0.2 % 0.2 % 0.2 % 0.4 %
All items ex. Food and energy
0.1 % - % 0.2 % 0.2 % 0.2 % 0.4 %
Food & beverages
0.2 % 0.1 % -0.1 % -0.1 % - % 0.1 %
Food at home
0.3 % -0.1 % -0.3 % -0.3 % -0.4 % -0.1 %
Meats poultry fish & eggs
0.3 % 0.5 % 0.1 % 0.1 % -0.4 % -1.7 %
Nonalcoholic beverages & beverage materials
-0.1 % 0.1 % -0.9 % -0.9 % -0.8 % 0.1 %
Alcoholic beverages
-0.1 % -0.1 % 0.4 % 0.4 % -0.2 % 0.3 %
Food away from home
0.1 % 0.3 % 0.1 % 0.1 % 0.6 % 0.3 %
             
Housing
0.2 % - % 0.3 % 0.1 % 0.2 % 0.2 %
Shelter
0.2 % 0.1 % 0.1 % 0.1 % 0.1 % 0.1 %
Lodging away from home
-2.3 % -1.9 % 3.9 % -3.2 % -0.4 % -11.4 %
Fuels & utilities
1.1 % - % 0.9 % 0.6 % 1.1 % 0.1 %
Household energy
1.4 % -0.1 % 1.1 % 0.8 % 1.4 % -0.1 %
Fuel oil & other fuels
9.9 % 5.4 % 3.6 % 3.6 % -5.3 % 3.9 %
Energy services
0.9 % -0.3 % 1.1 % 1.1 % 1.6 % -0.2 %
Water & sewer & trash collection
0.4 % 0.4 % 0.3 % 0.2 % 0.2 % 3.4 %
Household furnishings & operations
- % -0.3 % 0.7 % -0.3 % -0.1 % 0.9 %
             
Apparel
-0.7 % 2.2 % 0.9 % 0.9 % -0.5 % 0.6 %
Mens & boys apparel
-2.2 % 1.4 % 2.1 % -3 % -1.3 % -4.7 %
Womens & girls apparel
0.3 % 3.1 % - % -0.9 % 0.3 % -8.7 %
Infants & toddlers apparel
-2 % 0.5 % 3.5 % -3.4 % -3.7 % -2.8 %
Footwear
-0.2 % 1.4 % 1.4 % 1.1 % -0.9 % -3.9 %
             
Transportation
1.1 % 1.1 % 0.3 % - % 1 % 1.3 %
Private transportation
1.4 % 1.3 % 0.1 % -0.2 % 1 % 1.5 %
New & used motor vehicles
-0.3 % -1 % - % 0.4 % 2.5 % 1.9 %
New vehicles
- % -0.5 % -0.1 % -0.1 % 0.3 % - %
Used cars & trucks
-0.9 % -0.9 % -1.3 % -1.3 % 6.7 % 5.4 %
Motor fuel
6.4 % 7.4 % -0.4 % -0.4 % 0.1 % 2 %
Gasoline all types
6.4 % 7.4 % -0.4 % -0.4 % 0.1 % 2 %
Motor vehicle parts & equipment
0 % -0.3 % - % -0.3 % -0.1 % 0.9 %
Motor vehicle maintenance & repair
0.7 % 0.2 % 0.4 % 0.4 % 0.2 % 0.6 %
Public transportation
-2.3 % -1.7 % 2.5 % 2.6 % 1.3 % -17.5 %
             
Medical care
0.3 % 0.4 % -0.1 % -0.4 % - % 0.1 %
Medical care commodities
-0.7 % -0.1 % -0.3 % -0.3 % - % -0.1 %
Medical care services
0.5 % 0.5 % -0.1 % -0.1 % - % 0.1 %
Professional services
1 % 0.9 % - % 0.1 % 0.1 % 2.3 %
Hospital & related services
-0.1 % 0.3 % 0.3 % 0.3 % 0.6 % 0.1 %
               
Recreation
0.5 % 0.1 % 0.3 % -0.1 % -0.4 % -0.4 %
Video & audio
0.4 % -0.4 % -0.2 % 0.2 % 0.3 % 0.6 %
             
Education & communication
0.1 % - % - % 0.1 % -0.2 % 0.1 %
Education
-0.2 % -0.6 % 0.4 % -0.2 % -2.5 % -4.8 %
Educational books & supplies
1.3 % -0.2 % -0.5 % 0.3 % 0.2 % -1.3 %
Tuition other school fees & childcare
0.1 % 0.1 % 0.2 % - % -0.3 % 1.9 %
             
Communication
0.1 % -0.1 % - % 0.1 % -0.1 % 0.5 %
Information & information processing
0.1 % -0.1 % - % 0.1 % -0.1 % 0.5 %
Telephone services
0.2 % 0.1 % -0.1 % 0.3 % 0.2 % 5 %
Information technology hardware & services
-0.1 % -0.5 % 0.1 % -0.2 % -0.7 % 0.2 %
Personal computers & peripheral equi.
- % - % - % - % - % - %
             
Other goods & services
0.4 % 0.4 % - % - % 0.2 % -0.2 %
Tobacco & smoking products
0.6 % 1.8 % 0.3 % 0.3 % 0.4 % 0.4 %
Personal care
0.3 % - % -0.1 % - % 0.1 % -0.3 %
Personal care products
0.3 % 0.6 % - % -0.1 % -0.3 % -0.5 %
Personal care services
0.2 % 0.7 % 0.1 % 0.4 % 0.3 % 4.8 %
Miscellaneous personal services
0.6 % -1 % -0.6 % -0.4 % 0.3 % 1.6 %
Commodities
0.5 % 0.7 % - % -0.1 % 0.4 % 0.8 %
Energy index
3.9 % 3.5 % 0.4 % 0.4 % 0.8 % 0.9 %

Source: Department of Labor




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