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Consumer Price Index News Release


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                   CONSUMER PRICE INDEX:  FEBRUARY 2008
 
      The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased
 0.3 percent in February before seasonal adjustment, the Bureau of Labor
 Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.  The February
 level of 211.693 (1982-84=100) was 4.0 percent higher than in February
 2007.
      
      The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
 (CPI-W) increased 0.2 percent in February prior to seasonal adjustment.
 The February level of 207.254 (1982-84=100) was 4.4 percent higher than in
 February 2007.
      
      The Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U)
 increased 0.3 percent in February on a not seasonally adjusted basis.  The
 February level of 122.251 (December 1999=100) was 3.7 percent higher than
 in February 2007.  Please note that the indexes for the post-2006 period
 are subject to revision.
 
 CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
      
      On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI-U was virtually unchanged in
 February, following a 0.4 percent rise in January.   Each of the three
 groups--food, energy, and all items less food and energy--contributed to
 the deceleration.  The index for food at home, which rose 0.9 percent in
 January, increased 0.3 percent.  The moderation reflected a downturn in
 the indexes for fruits and vegetables, for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs,
 and for nonalcoholic beverages.  The index for energy turned down in
 February as a 1.9 percent decline in the index for energy commodities more
 than offset a 1.7 percent increase in the index for energy services.  The
 index for all items less food and energy was virtually unchanged after
 increasing 0.3 percent in January.  The deceleration reflects smaller
 increases in the indexes for shelter, for medical care, for recreation,
 for education and communication, and for other goods and services, and a
 decline in the index for apparel.

Table A. Percent changes in CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                  Seasonally adjusted                      
                                                                           
                                                                           
     Expenditure                                         Compound          
      Category          Changes from preceding month      annual     Un-   
                                                           rate    adjusted
                                                          3-mos.   12-mos. 
                     Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb.   ended     ended  
                     2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2008 2008 Feb. 2008 Feb. 2008
                                                                                                                                                      
 All items..........   .0   .4   .3   .9   .4   .4   .0       3.1       4.0
  Food and beverages   .4   .5   .2   .4   .1   .7   .4       4.6       4.5
  Housing...........   .1   .3   .2   .4   .3   .2   .2       2.8       2.8
  Apparel...........  -.5   .2   .1   .6   .1   .4  -.3        .8      -1.0
  Transportation....  -.6   .7   .3  3.5  1.0   .5  -.7       3.5       9.0
  Medical care......   .5   .4   .5   .4   .3   .5   .1       3.9       4.5
  Recreation........  -.1   .2   .3   .2   .0   .2   .1       1.4       1.1
  Education and                                                            
     communication..   .3   .2   .3   .0   .3   .4   .1       3.2       3.2
  Other goods and                                                          
     services.......   .1   .3   .2   .2   .3   .4   .2       3.9       2.9
 Special indexes:                                                          
  Energy............ -1.7  1.4  1.0  6.9  1.7   .7  -.5       7.6      18.9
  Food..............   .4   .5   .2   .4   .1   .7   .4       4.7       4.6
  All items less                                                           
     food and energy   .2   .2   .2   .2   .2   .3   .0       2.3       2.3 
 
      The food and beverages index rose 0.4 percent in February.  The index
 for food at home, which advanced 0.9 percent in January, increased 0.3
 percent in February.  Downturns in the indexes for fruits and vegetables,
 for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs, and for nonalcoholic beverages were
 responsible for the moderation.  The index for fruits and vegetables
 declined 1.3 percent, following a 2.2 percent rise in January.  The
 indexes for fresh vegetables and for fresh fruits declined 4.0 and 0.4
 percent, respectively, while the index for processed fruits and vegetables
 increased 1.7 percent.  The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs,
 which advanced 0.8 percent in January, declined 0.1 percent in February.
 Price decreases for pork and for poultry--down 1.4 and 0.6 percent,
 respectively--more than offset a 0.5 percent increase in beef prices.  The
 index for nonalcoholic beverages, which rose 1.6 percent in January,
 declined 0.1 percent in February, reflecting a decline in prices for
 coffee.  On the other hand, the other three grocery store food groups
 advanced more in February than in January.  The index for cereal and
 bakery products rose 1.8 percent, its largest monthly advance since
 January 1975.  The index for dairy products, which rose 0.2 percent in
 January, increased 0.8 percent in February.  The index for other food at
 home increased 1.0 percent, following a 0.4 percent rise in January.  The
 other two components of the food and beverages index--food away from home
 and alcoholic beverages--each increased 0.4 percent, the same as in
 January.
      
      The index for housing increased 0.2 percent in February.  The index
 for shelter was virtually unchanged in February, following a 0.3 percent
 increase in January.  Within shelter, the indexes for rent and for owners'
 equivalent rent increased 0.2 and 0.1 percent, respectively, while the
 index for lodging away from home fell 1.2   percent.  (Prior to seasonal
 adjustment, the index for lodging away from home increased 2.8 percent.)
 The index for household fuels, which declined 0.1 percent in January,
 increased 1.5 percent as a 7.2 percent increase in the index for natural
 gas more than offset decreases in the indexes for fuel oil and for
 electricity--down 1.5 and 0.3 percent, respectively.  The index for
 household furnishings and operations was virtually unchanged in February.
      
      The transportation index decreased 0.7 percent in February.  The
 index for gasoline declined 2.0 percent, accounting for about 95 percent
 of the overall transportation decrease.  As of February, gasoline prices
 were 2.6 percent below their peak level recorded in May 2007.  The index
 for new vehicles declined 0.3 percent in February.  (As of February, about
 84 percent of the new car sample consisted of 2008 models.  The 2008
 models will continue to be phased in, with adjustments for quality change,
 over the next several months as they replace old models at dealerships.
 For a report on quality changes for the 2008 vehicles represented in the
 Producer Price Index sample, see news release USDL-07-1787 dated November
 14, 2007.)  The index for used cars was virtually unchanged.  During the
 last 12 months, new vehicle prices declined 0.8 percent, while prices for
 used cars and trucks rose 2.0 percent.  The index for public
 transportation decreased 0.1 percent in February, reflecting in part a 0.3
 percent decrease in the index for airline fares.  (Prior to seasonal
 adjustment airline fares rose 1.2 percent in February and are 7.6 percent
 higher than in February 2007.)
      
      The index for apparel declined 0.3 percent in February, following
 increases in each of the preceding five months.  (Prior to seasonal
 adjustment, apparel prices increased 1.8 percent, reflecting the
 introduction of spring-summer wear.)
      
      Medical care costs rose 0.1 percent in February.  The index for
 medical care commodities--prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and
 medical supplies--rose 0.1 percent.  The index for medical care services
 also rose 0.1 percent.  The index for professional services was virtually
 unchanged, while the index for hospital and related services advanced 0.3
 percent.
      
      The index for recreation increased 0.1 percent in February.
 Increases in the indexes for pets, pet products and services, for
 recreational books, and for toys were partially offset by declines in the
 indexes for video and audio and for sporting goods.
      
      The index for education and communication increased 0.1 percent in
 February.  Educational costs rose 0.3 percent, while communication costs
 were virtually unchanged.  Within the communication group, declines in the
 indexes for telephone services and for personal computers and peripheral
 equipment--down 0.1 and 0.5 percent, respectively--were offset by
 increases in the indexes for computer software and accessories and for
 internet services and electronic information providers--each up 0.6
 percent.
      
      The index for other goods and services increased 0.2 percent in
 February.  The index for tobacco and smoking products rose 0.4 percent
 accounting for about 42 percent of the monthly increase in this major
 group.  The advance in the index for miscellaneous personal services,
 reflecting increases in laundry and dry cleaning, other apparel services,
 and financial services, was partially offset by declines in prices for
 personal care products.
      
      
 CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W)
 
      On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and
 Clerical Workers was virtually unchanged in February.

Table B. Percent changes in CPI for Urban Wage Earners and
          Clerical Workers (CPI-W)
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                  Seasonally adjusted                      
                                                                           
                                                                           
     Expenditure                                         Compound          
      Category          Changes from preceding month      annual     Un-   
                                                           rate    adjusted
                                                          3-mos.   12-mos. 
                     Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb.   ended     ended  
                     2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2008 2008 Feb. 2008 Feb. 2008
                                                                                                                                                      
 All items..........   .0   .4   .3  1.0   .4   .4   .0       3.4       4.4
  Food and beverages   .5   .5   .2   .3   .1   .7   .3       4.6       4.6
  Housing...........   .0   .2   .3   .4   .2   .2   .2       2.8       2.9
  Apparel...........  -.2   .0   .1   .4   .2   .8  -.3       2.5       -.3
  Transportation....  -.6   .7   .3  3.8  1.1   .7  -.7       4.2       9.9
  Medical care......   .5   .4   .5   .4   .3   .6   .1       4.0       4.7
  Recreation........  -.1   .3   .2   .1   .1   .2   .1       1.5        .8
  Education and                                                            
     communication..   .3   .1   .3   .0   .2   .3   .1       2.6       2.8
  Other goods and                                                          
     services.......   .1   .4   .2   .2   .4   .5   .3       4.7       3.2
 Special indexes:                                                          
  Energy............ -1.8  1.4  1.1  7.2  1.8   .8  -.7       7.7      19.7
  Food..............   .5   .5   .2   .3   .1   .7   .3       4.5       4.6
  All items less                                                           
     food and energy   .2   .2   .2   .2   .2   .3   .0       2.4       2.3 
 
     Consumer Price Index data for March are scheduled for release on
 Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at 8:30 A.M. (EDT).
 
 
 
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 Brief Explanation of the CPI
      
      The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change in
 prices over time of goods and services purchased by households.  The
 Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes CPIs for two population groups:  (1)
 the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), which covers
 households of wage earners and clerical workers that comprise
 approximately 32 percent of the total population and (2) the CPI for All
 Urban Consumers (CPI-U) and the Chained CPI for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-
 U), which cover approximately 87 percent of the total population and
 include in addition to wage earners and clerical worker households, 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 CPIs are based on prices of food, clothing, shelter, and fuels,
 transportation fares, charges for doctors' and dentists' services, drugs,
 and other goods and services that people buy for day-to-day living.
 Prices are collected in 87 urban areas across the country from about
 50,000 housing units and approximately 23,000 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.  Prices of
 fuels and a few other items are obtained every month in all 87 locations.
 Prices of most other commodities and services are collected every month in
 the three largest geographic areas and every other month in other areas.
 Prices of most goods and services are obtained by personal visits or
 telephone calls of the Bureau's trained representatives.
      
      In calculating the index, price changes for the various items in each
 location are averaged together with weights, which represent their
 importance in the spending of the appropriate population group.  Local
 data are then combined to obtain a U.S. city average.  For the CPI-U and
 CPI-W separate indexes are also published by size of city, by region of
 the country, for cross-classifications of regions and population-size
 classes, and for 27 local areas.  Area indexes do not measure differences
 in the level of prices among cities; they only measure the average change
 in prices for each area since the base period.  For the C-CPI-U data are
 issued only at the national level.  It is important to note that the CPI-U
 and CPI-W are considered final when released, but the C-CPI-U is issued in
 preliminary form and subject to two annual revisions.
      
      The index measures price change from a designed reference date.  For
 the CPI-U and the CPI-W the reference base is 1982-84 equals 100.0. The
 reference base for the C-CPI-U is December 1999 equals 100.
 An increase of 16.5 percent from the reference base, for example, is shown
 as 116.5.  This change can also be expressed in dollars as follows:  the
 price of a base period market basket of goods and services in the CPI has
 risen from $10 in 1982-84 to $11.65.
      
      For further details visit the CPI home page on the Internet at
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/ or contact our CPI Information and Analysis
 Section on (202) 691-7000.
      
 
 
 
 Note on Sampling Error in the Consumer Price Index
                                     
      The CPI is a statistical estimate that is subject to sampling error
 because it is based upon a sample of retail prices and not the complete
 universe of all prices.  BLS calculates and publishes estimates of the 1-
 month, 2-month, 6-month and 12-month percent change standard errors
 annually, for the CPI-U.  These standard error estimates can be used to
 construct confidence intervals for hypothesis testing.  For example, the
 estimated standard error of the 1 month percent change is 0.06 percent for
 the U.S. All Items Consumer Price Index.  This means that if we repeatedly
 sample from the universe of all retail prices using the same methodology,
 and estimate a percentage change for each sample, then 95% of these
 estimates would be within 0.12 percent of the 1 month percentage change
 based on all retail prices.  For a 1-month change of 0.2 percent in the
 All Items CPI for All Urban Consumers, we are 95 percent confident that
 the actual percent change based on all retail prices would fall between
 0.08 and 0.32 percent.  For the latest data, including information on how
 to use the estimates of standard error, see "Variance Estimates for
 Changes in the Consumer Price Index, January 2005- December 2005 in the
 CPI Detailed Report, February 2006.  These data are available on the CPI
 home page (http://www.bls.gov/cpi), using the following link
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpivar2006.pdf
      
 
 Calculating Index Changes
 
       Movements of the indexes from one month to another are usually
 expressed as percent changes rather than changes in index points, because
 index point changes are affected by the level of the index in relation to
 its base period while percent changes are not.  The example below illustrates
 the computation of index point and percent changes.
      
       Percent changes for 3-month and 6-month periods are expressed as
 annual rates and are computed according to the standard formula for
 compound growth rates.  These data indicate what the percent change would
 be if the current rate were maintained for a 12-month period.
 
 Index Point Change
 
 CPI
 202.416
 Less previous index
 201.800
 Equals index point change
 .616
 
 Percent Change
 
 Index point difference
 .616
 Divided by the previous index
 201.800
 Equals
 0.003
 Results multiplied by one hundred
 0.003x100
 Equals percent change
 0.3 
 
 
 
 
 Regions Defined
 
 The states in the four regions shown in Tables 3 and 6 are listed below.
 
 The Northeast--Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York,
 New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
 The Midwest--Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota,
 Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
 The South--Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
 Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South
 Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of
 Columbia.
 The West--Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana,
 Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. 
 
 
 A Note on Seasonally Adjusted and Unadjusted Data
 
 
      Because price data are used for different purposes by different
 groups, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes seasonally adjusted as
 well as unadjusted changes each month.
      
      For analyzing general price trends in the economy, seasonally
 adjusted changes are usually preferred since they eliminate the effect of
 changes that normally occur at the same time and in about the same
 magnitude every year--such as price movements resulting from changing
 climatic conditions, production cycles, model changeovers, holidays, and
 sales.
      
      The unadjusted data are of primary interest to consumers concerned
 about the prices they actually pay.  Unadjusted data also are used
 extensively for escalation purposes.  Many collective bargaining contract
 agreements and pension plans, for example, tie compensation changes to the
 Consumer Price Index before adjustment for seasonal variation.
      
      Seasonal factors used in computing the seasonally adjusted indexes
 are derived by the X-12-ARIMA Seasonal Adjustment Method.  Seasonally
 adjusted indexes and seasonal factors are computed annually.  Each year,
 the last 5 years of seasonally adjusted data are revised.  Data from
 January 2003 through December 2007 were replaced in January 2008.
 Exceptions to the usual revision schedule were: the updated seasonal data
 at the end of 1977 replaced data from 1967 through 1977; and, in January
 2002, dependently seasonally adjusted series were revised for January 1987-
 December 2001 as a result of a change in the aggregation weights for
 dependently adjusted series. For further information, please see
 "Aggregation of Dependently Adjusted Seasonally Adjusted Series," in the
 October 2001 issue of the CPI Detailed Report.
      
      The seasonal movement of All items and 54 other aggregations is
 derived by combining the seasonal movement of 73 selected components.
 Each year the seasonal status of every series is reevaluated based upon
 certain statistical criteria.  If any of the 73 components change their
 seasonal adjustment status from seasonally adjusted to not seasonally
 adjusted, not seasonally adjusted data will be used in the aggregation of
 the dependent series for the last 5 years, but the seasonally adjusted
 indexes will be used before that period.  Note: 48 of the 73 components
 are seasonally adjusted for 2008.
      
      Seasonally adjusted data, including the All items index levels, are
 subject to revision for up to five years after their original release.
 For this reason, BLS advises against the use of these data in escalation
 agreements.
      Effective with the calculation of the seasonal factors for 1990, the
 Bureau of Labor Statistics has used an enhanced seasonal adjustment
 procedure called Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment for some CPI
 series.  Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment allows for better
 estimates of seasonally adjusted data.  Extreme values and/or sharp
 movements which might distort the seasonal pattern are estimated and
 removed from the data prior to calculation of seasonal factors.  Beginning
 with the calculation of seasonal factors for 1996, X-12-ARIMA software was
 used for Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment.
      
      For the seasonal factors introduced in January 2008, BLS adjusted 20
 series using Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment, including selected
 food and beverage items, motor fuels, electricity and vehicles.  For
 example, this procedure was used for the Motor fuel series to offset the
 effects of events such as damage to oil refineries from Hurricane Katrina.
      
      For a complete list of Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment
 series and explanations, please refer to the article "Intervention
 Analysis Seasonal Adjustment", located on our website at
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpisapage.htm.
      
      For additional information on seasonal adjustment in the CPI, please
 write to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Division of Consumer Prices and
 Price Indexes, Washington, DC 20212 or contact Jeff Wilson at (202) 691-
 6968, or by e-mail at Wilson.Jeff@bls.gov.  If you have general questions
 about the CPI, please call our information staff at (202) 691-7000.
      
      



 Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city average, by expenditure category and commodity
 and service group

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                    Unadjusted                          
                                                             Unadjusted indexes   percent change   Seasonally adjusted  
                                                 Relative                          to Feb. 2008    percent change from- 
                     CPI-U                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2007       Jan.       Feb.                      Nov.    Dec.    Jan. 
                                                              2008       2008      Feb.    Jan.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2007    2008    Dec.    Jan.    Feb. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    211.080    211.693     4.0     0.3     0.4     0.4     0.0 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    632.301    634.139       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     14.914    208.837    209.462     4.5     0.3     0.1     0.7     0.4 
   Food.......................................     13.833    208.618    209.166     4.6     0.3     0.1     0.7     0.4 
    Food at home..............................      7.660    207.983    208.329     5.1     0.2     0.0     0.9     0.3 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.030    228.661    233.389     6.6     2.1     0.6     0.6     1.8 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      1.807    200.035    199.688     4.8    -0.2    -0.1     0.8    -0.1 
     Dairy and related products...............       .887    206.905    208.166    13.3     0.6    -0.2     0.2     0.8 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.156    279.072    272.129     1.3    -2.5    -0.3     2.2    -1.3 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................       .928    157.863    157.805     4.0     0.0    -0.3     1.6    -0.1 
     Other food at home.......................      1.852    176.085    177.863     3.7     1.0     0.2     0.4     1.0 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .277    180.193    180.588     3.6     0.2     0.4    -0.1     0.4 
      Fats and oils...........................       .205    181.813    184.878     7.7     1.7     1.0     1.3     1.5 
      Other foods.............................      1.369    190.037    192.064     3.1     1.1     0.0     0.4     1.1 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .404    115.162    118.182     2.8     2.6    -0.1    -0.1     2.6 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.173    211.070    211.878     3.9     0.4     0.2     0.4     0.4 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .297    146.649    148.385     4.8     1.2    -0.6     0.6     1.2 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.080    210.425    212.044     3.7     0.8     0.2     0.4     0.4 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     42.427    212.244    213.026     2.8     0.4     0.3     0.2     0.2 
   Shelter....................................     32.596    243.871    244.786     2.9     0.4     0.3     0.3     0.0 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      5.765    239.850    240.325     3.7     0.2     0.4     0.3     0.2 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      2.564    140.176    144.092     3.5     2.8     0.3     1.1    -1.2 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................     23.942    250.106    250.481     2.6     0.1     0.3     0.3     0.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .325    117.435    117.622     0.3     0.2     0.0     0.4     0.2 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.128    204.796    205.795     5.6     0.5     0.3     0.0     1.3 
    Household energy..........................      4.215    185.107    185.994     5.6     0.5     0.3    -0.1     1.5 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .351    306.937    308.269    33.0     0.4     2.5     3.7    -1.2 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      3.864    186.475    187.376     3.4     0.5     0.1    -0.5     1.7 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................       .913    148.277    149.057     5.5     0.5     0.5     0.6     0.3 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.702    126.515    126.753    -0.6     0.2     0.0     0.1     0.0 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .737    142.828    143.500     2.7     0.5     0.3     0.5     0.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.731    115.795    117.839    -1.0     1.8     0.1     0.4    -0.3 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................       .935    110.691    112.917     1.5     2.0    -0.2     0.7     1.1 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.600    104.367    106.340    -4.1     1.9     0.8     0.2    -2.0 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .185    113.861    115.750     0.3     1.7    -0.9     1.2    -0.4 
   Footwear...................................       .679    121.148    122.377     0.4     1.0    -0.9     0.6     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     17.688    190.839    190.520     9.0    -0.2     1.0     0.5    -0.7 
   Private transportation.....................     16.583    186.978    186.571     9.2    -0.2     1.0     0.6    -0.7 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      7.191     94.834     94.581     0.0    -0.3     0.0    -0.1    -0.2 
     New vehicles.............................      4.632    136.827    136.279    -0.8    -0.4    -0.1    -0.3    -0.3 
     Used cars and trucks (1).................      1.773    137.203    137.248     2.0     0.0     0.2     0.2     0.0 
    Motor fuel................................      5.482    260.523    259.242    32.7    -0.5     2.8     1.1    -2.0 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      5.215    259.338    257.845    32.7    -0.6     2.8     1.2    -2.0 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .356    124.282    125.225     4.2     0.8     0.4     0.3     0.8 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair......      1.123    227.732    228.731     3.7     0.4     0.3     0.7     0.3 
   Public transportation......................      1.106    234.334    235.724     5.2     0.6     0.9     0.4    -0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      6.231    360.459    362.155     4.5     0.5     0.3     0.5     0.1 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.601    295.355    296.130     2.9     0.3     0.3     0.5     0.1 
   Medical care services......................      4.630    380.135    382.196     5.0     0.5     0.3     0.6     0.1 
    Professional services.....................      2.626    306.529    307.928     3.2     0.5     0.3     0.4     0.0 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.467    523.313    527.971     8.2     0.9     0.5     1.0     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.647    112.083    112.365     1.1     0.3     0.0     0.2     0.1 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.843    102.986    103.171     0.0     0.2     0.3     0.0    -0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.086    121.762    121.766     3.2     0.0     0.3     0.4     0.1 
   Education (2)..............................      2.944    177.440    177.460     5.7     0.0     0.5     0.6     0.3 
    Educational books and supplies............       .207    437.822    439.052     7.7     0.3     0.8     0.1    -0.1 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.736    511.301    511.253     5.5     0.0     0.5     0.6     0.3 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.142     83.396     83.391     0.7     0.0     0.0     0.1     0.0 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      2.975     80.642     80.638     0.4     0.0     0.0     0.1     0.0 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.342     98.906     98.837     1.8    -0.1     0.0     0.1    -0.1 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................       .634     10.229     10.253    -5.5     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.2 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (2) (6)...............       .242      9.026      8.985   -11.7    -0.5    -0.1     1.0    -0.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.277    339.052    340.191     2.9     0.3     0.3     0.4     0.2 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........       .731    572.684    575.227     4.8     0.4     0.8     1.1     0.4 
   Personal care..............................      2.546    198.112    198.716     2.4     0.3     0.1     0.2     0.2 
    Personal care products (1)................       .639    158.201    157.677    -0.2    -0.3    -0.2     0.0    -0.3 
    Personal care services (1)................       .629    219.932    220.848     2.9     0.4     0.5     0.1     0.4 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........      1.044    332.183    333.826     4.1     0.5     0.4     0.6     0.4 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     41.269    171.179    171.530     5.3     0.2     0.5     0.5    -0.2 
  Food and beverages..........................     14.914    208.837    209.462     4.5     0.3     0.1     0.7     0.4 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     26.356    150.303    150.530     5.8     0.2     0.7     0.4    -0.5 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     15.519    188.692    189.420    11.1     0.4    -0.2     1.4    -0.1 
    Apparel...................................      3.731    115.795    117.839    -1.0     1.8     0.1     0.4    -0.3 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     11.787    238.389    238.297    15.5     0.0     1.2     1.6     0.0 
   Durables...................................     10.837    112.300    112.094    -1.0    -0.2    -0.1    -0.1    -0.2 
 Services.....................................     58.731    250.648    251.527     3.2     0.4     0.3     0.3     0.2 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     32.271    254.239    255.199     2.9     0.4     0.3     0.4     0.0 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .325    117.435    117.622     0.3     0.2     0.0     0.4     0.2 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      3.864    186.475    187.376     3.4     0.5     0.1    -0.5     1.7 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................       .913    148.277    149.057     5.5     0.5     0.5     0.6     0.3 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .737    142.828    143.500     2.7     0.5     0.3     0.5     0.5 
  Transportation services.....................      5.350    237.347    237.929     2.5     0.2     0.4     0.5     0.1 
  Medical care services.......................      4.630    380.135    382.196     5.0     0.5     0.3     0.6     0.1 
  Other services..............................     10.641    290.905    291.406     3.4     0.2     0.3     0.3     0.2 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     86.167    211.512    212.136     3.9     0.3     0.4     0.3     0.0 
 All items less shelter.......................     67.404    200.609    201.110     4.6     0.2     0.4     0.4     0.0 
 All items less medical care..................     93.769    203.569    204.136     4.0     0.3     0.4     0.4     0.0 
 Commodities less food........................     27.436    152.531    152.799     5.7     0.2     0.6     0.4    -0.5 
 Nondurables less food........................     16.599    190.000    190.781    10.6     0.4     0.2     1.0    -0.4 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     12.868    234.667    234.736    14.3     0.0     1.3     1.2    -0.3 
 Nondurables..................................     30.432    199.346    200.030     7.7     0.3     0.3     0.8     0.0 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     26.460    265.311    266.154     3.5     0.3     0.3     0.2     0.3 
 Services less medical care services..........     54.101    240.201    241.004     3.0     0.3     0.3     0.3     0.2 
 Energy.......................................      9.698    219.465    219.311    18.9    -0.1     1.7     0.7    -0.5 
 All items less energy........................     90.302    211.846    212.545     2.6     0.3     0.2     0.4     0.1 
  All items less food and energy..............     76.469    213.138    213.866     2.3     0.3     0.2     0.3     0.0 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     21.602    139.845    140.324     0.0     0.3     0.0     0.2    -0.1 
    Energy commodities........................      5.834    264.660    263.508    32.7    -0.4     2.8     1.3    -1.9 
   Services less energy services..............     54.867    257.220    258.098     3.2     0.3     0.3     0.4     0.1 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .474     $ .472       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .158     $ .158       -       -       -       -       - 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated
 using a geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
   5 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   6 This item will be rebased to December 2007=100 beginning with the release of March 2008 data.  All historical data
 will be revised to reflect the new base.
   - Data not available.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.



 Table 2. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Seasonally adjusted U.S. city average, by expenditure category and
 commodity and service group

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                                                  Seasonally adjusted indexes        Seasonally adjusted annual rate percent change
                                                                                                          for                      
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                   CPI-U                                                                    3 months ended--            6 months   
                                                                                                                        ended--    
                                               Nov.      Dec.      Jan.      Feb.                                                  
                                               2007      2007      2008      2008                                                  
                                                                                      May     Aug.    Nov.    Feb.    Aug.    Feb. 
                                                                                      2007    2007    2007    2008    2007    2008 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  210.930   211.680   212.516   212.571     5.1     2.0     6.3     3.1     3.5     4.7 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  206.740   206.929   208.326   209.087     4.1     5.2     4.2     4.6     4.7     4.4 
   Food....................................  206.414   206.584   208.026   208.778     4.2     5.3     4.3     4.7     4.7     4.5 
    Food at home...........................  204.982   205.001   206.921   207.633     5.3     5.4     4.4     5.3     5.4     4.9 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  226.575   227.852   229.175   233.287     2.5     5.0     6.5    12.4     3.8     9.4 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  198.357   198.250   199.747   199.499    13.1     1.4     2.5     2.3     7.1     2.4 
     Dairy and related products............  205.627   205.278   205.698   207.341     9.6    36.1     6.7     3.4    22.1     5.0 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  267.159   266.288   272.105   268.642    -3.7    -3.2    10.9     2.2    -3.4     6.5 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  154.933   154.480   156.941   156.743     6.2     5.8    -0.5     4.8     6.0     2.1 
     Other food at home....................  175.064   175.436   176.178   177.957     2.1     3.5     2.7     6.8     2.8     4.7 
      Sugar and sweets.....................  179.285   179.933   179.774   180.431     3.3     4.4     4.2     2.6     3.8     3.4 
      Fats and oils........................  176.692   178.470   180.743   183.396     1.3     8.1     5.9    16.1     4.6    10.8 
      Other foods..........................  189.597   189.640   190.435   192.472     2.0     2.5     1.7     6.2     2.2     3.9 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  115.396   115.267   115.162   118.182    -0.9     4.9    -2.3    10.0     2.0     3.7 
    Food away from home (1)................  209.854   210.233   211.070   211.878     2.6     5.0     4.1     3.9     3.8     4.0 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  146.628   145.814   146.649   148.385     4.4     6.3     3.5     4.9     5.4     4.2 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  209.711   210.143   210.953   211.841     3.9     4.2     2.8     4.1     4.0     3.5 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  211.861   212.409   212.920   213.313     2.9     2.1     3.5     2.8     2.5     3.1 
   Shelter.................................  243.295   243.974   244.744   244.837     2.7     3.1     3.1     2.6     2.9     2.8 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  238.050   238.925   239.745   240.191     3.6     3.0     4.5     3.6     3.3     4.1 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  144.578   145.050   146.695   144.953     5.4     8.8    -0.9     1.0     7.1     0.1 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                             
        residence (3) (4)..................  248.790   249.425   250.051   250.413     2.3     2.5     3.2     2.6     2.4     2.9 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  116.997   117.003   117.435   117.622    -3.1     1.9     0.2     2.2    -0.7     1.2 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  204.915   205.615   205.567   208.175     7.2    -1.2    10.2     6.5     3.0     8.3 
    Household energy.......................  185.667   186.261   185.991   188.722     7.7    -2.5    11.2     6.7     2.5     8.9 
     Fuel oil and other fuels..............  288.217   295.293   306.227   302.465    28.4    16.5    72.4    21.3    22.3    44.6 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3).......  188.264   188.470   187.489   190.706     6.2    -4.0     6.7     5.3     1.0     6.0 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  146.602   147.262   148.142   148.647     5.0     5.7     5.4     5.7     5.4     5.6 
   Household furnishings and operations....  126.406   126.414   126.493   126.510    -0.6    -1.1    -1.0     0.3    -0.8    -0.3 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  141.610   142.100   142.828   143.500     2.1     1.4     1.8     5.4     1.8     3.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  119.125   119.240   119.759   119.352    -6.0    -1.9     3.4     0.8    -4.0     2.1 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  112.341   112.167   112.941   114.213    -1.6     0.6     0.4     6.8    -0.5     3.6 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  109.575   110.443   110.658   108.393    -8.0    -6.1     2.1    -4.2    -7.0    -1.1 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  115.708   114.632   116.049   115.627    -9.4    -0.2    12.2    -0.3    -4.9     5.8 
   Footwear................................  123.519   122.469   123.246   123.304    -3.3     1.7     3.9    -0.7    -0.8     1.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  192.718   194.653   195.722   194.390    16.7    -0.5    19.5     3.5     7.8    11.2 
   Private transportation..................  188.833   190.738   191.811   190.437    18.0    -0.8    20.0     3.4     8.2    11.4 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   94.372    94.405    94.318    94.156    -0.3     2.2    -0.9    -0.9     0.9    -0.9 
     New vehicles..........................  136.038   135.953   135.597   135.195     0.2     0.1    -0.9    -2.5     0.2    -1.7 
     Used cars and trucks (1)..............  136.616   136.943   137.203   137.248    -0.3     8.1    -1.5     1.9     3.8     0.2 
    Motor fuel.............................  272.290   279.928   283.011   277.448    76.8    -8.5    77.6     7.8    27.2    38.4 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  271.068   278.588   281.880   276.131    77.4    -8.7    77.9     7.7    27.3    38.4 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  123.487   123.928   124.282   125.225     2.7     2.5     5.9     5.7     2.6     5.8 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair...  225.440   226.137   227.730   228.425     3.4     3.9     2.2     5.4     3.7     3.8 
   Public transportation...................  236.368   238.571   239.414   239.080    -1.0     4.8    12.8     4.7     1.9     8.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  357.745   358.861   360.815   361.168     3.5     5.5     5.2     3.9     4.5     4.6 
   Medical care commodities................  293.352   294.241   295.763   296.151     1.0     3.4     3.5     3.9     2.2     3.7 
   Medical care services...................  377.152   378.338   380.459   380.787     4.3     6.1     5.8     3.9     5.2     4.8 
    Professional services..................  304.874   305.907   307.011   307.160     1.8     4.7     3.3     3.0     3.2     3.2 
    Hospital and related services (3)......  514.748   517.505   522.889   524.634     7.6     7.7     9.7     7.9     7.6     8.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  111.978   112.008   112.242   112.373     0.6    -0.5     2.7     1.4     0.1     2.1 
   Video and audio (2).....................  102.974   103.291   103.337   103.147    -0.4    -2.3     2.2     0.7    -1.3     1.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  120.792   121.127   121.578   121.745     5.2     2.4     2.1     3.2     3.8     2.7 
   Education (2)...........................  174.992   175.861   176.895   177.406     5.8     5.2     6.0     5.6     5.5     5.8 
    Educational books and supplies.........  432.699   436.329   436.635   436.364    10.5    12.4     4.6     3.4    11.5     4.0 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  504.173   506.547   509.715   511.324     5.5     4.7     6.1     5.8     5.1     6.0 
   Communication (2).......................   83.254    83.287    83.392    83.388     4.6    -0.5    -1.9     0.6     2.0    -0.6 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (1) (2)............................   80.519    80.546    80.642    80.638     4.2    -1.0    -2.1     0.6     1.6    -0.8 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............   98.775    98.792    98.906    98.837     5.9     1.3    -0.2     0.3     3.6     0.0 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (1) (5)..................   10.204    10.215    10.229    10.253    -2.4   -10.7   -10.4     1.9    -6.6    -4.4 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (1) (2) (6)............    8.946     8.936     9.026     8.985    -7.7   -16.8   -22.2     1.8   -12.4   -11.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  336.671   337.641   339.063   339.869     2.8     2.0     3.2     3.9     2.4     3.5 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  561.967   566.696   572.684   575.227     0.6     4.1     5.0     9.8     2.3     7.3 
   Personal care...........................  197.373   197.648   198.120   198.473     3.3     1.4     2.7     2.2     2.4     2.5 
    Personal care products (1).............  158.561   158.236   158.201   157.677     1.4    -2.0     2.0    -2.2    -0.3    -0.1 
    Personal care services (1).............  218.604   219.656   219.932   220.848     3.0     1.5     2.9     4.2     2.3     3.6 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  329.106   330.466   332.309   333.716     4.2     2.7     3.7     5.7     3.4     4.7 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  171.679   172.460   173.359   173.011     8.0     0.9    10.3     3.1     4.4     6.6 
  Food and beverages.......................  206.740   206.929   208.326   209.087     4.1     5.2     4.2     4.6     4.7     4.4 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  151.881   152.893   153.519   152.726    10.4    -1.6    14.0     2.2     4.2     8.0 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  193.322   192.968   195.609   195.406    18.1    -5.7    31.2     4.4     5.5    17.0 
    Apparel................................  119.125   119.240   119.759   119.352    -6.0    -1.9     3.4     0.8    -4.0     2.1 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  239.667   242.577   246.553   246.666    26.9     0.3    24.5    12.2    12.8    18.2 
   Durables................................  112.158   112.098   112.020   111.756    -1.3    -0.4    -0.9    -1.4    -0.8    -1.1 
 Services..................................  249.821   250.537   251.317   251.804     3.1     2.8     3.6     3.2     2.9     3.4 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  253.589   254.282   255.206   255.267     2.8     3.1     3.0     2.7     2.9     2.8 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   116.997   117.003   117.435   117.622    -3.1     1.9     0.2     2.2    -0.7     1.2 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  188.264   188.470   187.489   190.706     6.2    -4.0     6.7     5.3     1.0     6.0 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  146.602   147.262   148.142   148.647     5.0     5.7     5.4     5.7     5.4     5.6 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  141.610   142.100   142.828   143.500     2.1     1.4     1.8     5.4     1.8     3.6 
  Transportation services..................  236.041   236.887   238.174   238.389    -1.0     4.2     3.1     4.0     1.5     3.6 
  Medical care services....................  377.152   378.338   380.459   380.787     4.3     6.1     5.8     3.9     5.2     4.8 
  Other services...........................  288.944   289.835   290.834   291.364     4.7     2.0     3.5     3.4     3.3     3.5 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  211.701   212.548   213.281   213.221     5.2     1.5     6.6     2.9     3.4     4.7 
 All items less shelter....................  200.627   201.415   202.288   202.328     6.2     1.5     7.9     3.4     3.9     5.6 
 All items less medical care...............  203.518   204.248   205.033   205.076     5.2     1.8     6.3     3.1     3.5     4.7 
 Commodities less food.....................  154.047   155.044   155.681   154.934    10.1    -1.4    13.5     2.3     4.2     7.8 
 Nondurables less food.....................  193.857   194.184   196.169   195.304    21.6    -6.5    27.7     3.0     6.6    14.7 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  235.954   239.022   241.905   241.207    27.8    -1.2    23.8     9.2    12.4    16.3 
 Nondurables...............................  200.294   200.818   202.477   202.376    13.0    -1.3    15.8     4.2     5.6     9.9 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  263.971   264.852   265.500   266.373     4.0     2.7     3.6     3.7     3.4     3.7 
 Services less medical care services.......  239.387   240.112   240.726   241.233     3.2     2.8     2.9     3.1     3.0     3.0 
 Energy....................................  225.218   229.076   230.633   229.390    39.4    -5.7    43.6     7.6    14.6    24.3 
 All items less energy.....................  211.070   211.498   212.281   212.471     2.1     2.9     2.9     2.7     2.5     2.8 
  All items less food and energy...........  212.626   213.103   213.765   213.851     1.7     2.5     2.6     2.3     2.1     2.5 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  140.163   140.200   140.422   140.316    -1.2     0.4     0.5     0.4    -0.4     0.5 
    Energy commodities.....................  274.623   282.263   286.070   280.566    73.2    -7.0    77.3     8.9    26.9    39.0 
   Services less energy services...........  256.130   256.897   257.857   258.078     2.9     3.3     3.4     3.1     3.1     3.2 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated using a
 geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
   5 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   6 This item will be rebased to December 2007=100 beginning with the release of March 2008 data.  All historical data will be
 revised to reflect the new base.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.



 Table 3. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Selected areas, all items index 

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                   All items                                      
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                       Indexes                 Percent change to Percent change to
                    CPI-U                      Pricing                                          Feb. 2008 from--   Jan. 2008 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Nov.      Dec.      Jan.      Feb.                                      
                                                          2007      2007      2008      2008    Feb.  Dec.  Jan.  Jan.  Nov.  Dec.
                                                                                                2007  2007  2008  2007  2007  2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      210.177   210.036   211.080   211.693   4.0   0.8   0.3   4.3   0.4   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      223.356   223.425   224.325   225.213   4.0   0.8   0.4   3.9   0.4   0.4 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      225.766   225.688   226.310   227.411   3.7   0.8   0.5   3.6   0.2   0.3 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      132.049   132.323   133.301   133.511   4.7   0.9   0.2   4.8   0.9   0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      200.762   200.227   201.427   201.896   3.8   0.8   0.2   4.3   0.3   0.6 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      202.012   201.519   202.830   203.347   3.5   0.9   0.3   4.0   0.4   0.7 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      128.392   128.040   128.753   128.922   4.1   0.7   0.1   4.8   0.3   0.6 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      196.569   195.819   196.708   197.596   5.0   0.9   0.5   4.9   0.1   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      203.437   203.457   204.510   205.060   4.6   0.8   0.3   4.9   0.5   0.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      205.698   206.078   207.221   207.605   4.6   0.7   0.2   4.8   0.7   0.6 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      129.556   129.368   129.937   130.351   4.7   0.8   0.3   4.9   0.3   0.4 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      202.550   202.878   204.524   205.189   4.7   1.1   0.3   4.3   1.0   0.8 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      214.904   214.733   215.739   216.339   3.5   0.7   0.3   3.8   0.4   0.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      218.196   218.020   219.036   219.799   3.4   0.8   0.3   3.8   0.4   0.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      130.581   130.481   131.328   131.538   3.7   0.8   0.2   4.0   0.6   0.6 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      192.224   192.140   193.045   193.685   3.8   0.8   0.3   4.0   0.4   0.5 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      129.848   129.718   130.431   130.728   4.4   0.8   0.2   4.7   0.4   0.5 
   D.........................................    M      202.525   202.333   203.200   203.803   4.5   0.7   0.3   4.4   0.3   0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      207.821   207.155   208.757   209.526   4.4   1.1   0.4   4.7   0.5   0.8 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      219.943   219.373   220.918   221.431   3.1   0.9   0.2   3.9   0.4   0.7 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      229.504   229.395   229.869   231.020   3.6   0.7   0.5   3.7   0.2   0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1      230.689         -   231.980         -     -     -     -   3.4   0.6     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1      197.726         -   199.686         -     -     -     -   4.2   1.0     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1      196.465         -   197.079         -     -     -     -   4.3   0.3     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1      135.151         -   136.293         -     -     -     -   4.9   0.8     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2            -   202.751         -   204.166   4.8   0.7     -     -     -     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2            -   200.201         -   202.378   2.2   1.1     -     -     -     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2            -   186.246         -   187.585   3.5   0.7     -     -     -     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2            -   217.319         -   219.082   5.3   0.8     -     -     -     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2            -   219.025         -   220.935   3.7   0.9     -     -     -     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2            -   218.485         -   219.612   2.8   0.5     -     -     -     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2            -   218.966         -   221.728   4.7   1.3     -     -     -     - 

   1 Areas on pricing schedule 2 (see Table 10) will appear next month. 
   2 Regions defined as the four Census regions.  See technical notes.
   3 Indexes on a December 1996=100 base.
   4 Indexes on a December 1986=100 base.
   5 In addition, the following metropolitan areas are published semiannually and appear in Tables 34 and 39 of the January and
 July issues of the CPI Detailed Report: Anchorage, AK; Cincinnati-Hamilton, OH-KY-IN; Denver-Boulder-Greeley, CO; Honolulu, HI;
 Kansas City, MO-KS; Milwaukee-Racine, WI; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI; Phoenix-Mesa, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland-Salem, OR-WA;
 St. Louis, MO-IL; San Diego, CA; Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL.
   6 Indexes on a November 1996=100 base.
   - Data not available.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.



 Table 4. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): U.S. city average, by expenditure
 category and commodity and service group

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                    Unadjusted                          
                                                             Unadjusted indexes   percent change   Seasonally adjusted  
                                                 Relative                          to Feb. 2008    percent change from- 
                     CPI-W                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2007       Jan.       Feb.                      Nov.    Dec.    Jan. 
                                                              2008       2008      Feb.    Jan.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2007    2008    Dec.    Jan.    Feb. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    206.744    207.254     4.4     0.2     0.4     0.4     0.0 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    615.828    617.345       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     15.926    208.055    208.674     4.6     0.3     0.1     0.7     0.3 
   Food.......................................     14.901    207.794    208.317     4.6     0.3     0.1     0.7     0.3 
    Food at home..............................      8.595    206.870    207.242     5.2     0.2     0.0     0.9     0.3 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.110    229.105    233.915     6.7     2.1     0.5     0.6     1.8 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      2.192    199.686    199.141     4.8    -0.3     0.0     0.7    -0.2 
     Dairy and related products...............       .965    206.652    207.750    13.4     0.5    -0.2     0.1     0.7 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.218    275.843    268.954     1.1    -2.5    -0.4     2.2    -1.7 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................      1.094    157.130    157.456     4.3     0.2    -0.4     1.5     0.2 
     Other food at home.......................      2.016    175.572    177.442     3.9     1.1     0.2     0.5     1.0 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .279    178.902    179.740     3.8     0.5     0.3     0.1     0.6 
      Fats and oils...........................       .232    182.307    185.292     7.5     1.6     0.9     1.2     1.5 
      Other foods.............................      1.504    190.364    192.430     3.2     1.1     0.0     0.5     1.1 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .438    115.658    118.828     3.2     2.7    -0.1     0.0     2.7 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.305    210.776    211.517     3.8     0.4     0.2     0.4     0.4 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .218    145.625    146.924     4.0     0.9    -0.5     0.8     0.9 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.025    210.473    212.507     3.9     1.0     0.3     0.4     0.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     39.994    207.692    208.268     2.9     0.3     0.2     0.2     0.2 
   Shelter....................................     30.397    236.550    237.158     2.9     0.3     0.3     0.3     0.1 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      7.979    238.955    239.419     3.7     0.2     0.3     0.3     0.2 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      1.233    139.825    143.046     3.6     2.3     0.2     1.3    -1.9 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................     20.888    226.703    227.057     2.7     0.2     0.3     0.3     0.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .297    117.740    117.921     0.3     0.2     0.0     0.3     0.2 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.637    202.663    203.584     5.3     0.5     0.3     0.0     1.2 
    Household energy..........................      4.670    182.025    182.823     5.3     0.4     0.3    -0.1     1.4 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .323    306.087    307.599    33.1     0.5     2.3     3.7    -1.1 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      4.347    184.522    185.324     3.2     0.4     0.1    -0.4     1.5 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................       .966    148.528    149.317     5.4     0.5     0.5     0.5     0.3 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      3.960    122.322    122.547    -0.3     0.2     0.0     0.2     0.0 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .339    145.431    145.825     2.8     0.3     0.3     0.5     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.998    115.866    117.883    -0.3     1.7     0.2     0.8    -0.3 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................      1.031    111.494    113.592     2.3     1.9     0.3     1.0     0.8 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.619    104.456    106.512    -3.4     2.0     0.8     0.5    -2.0 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .251    116.323    118.442     0.3     1.8    -1.3     1.7     0.1 
   Footwear...................................       .821    121.137    122.408     0.6     1.0    -0.7     0.6     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     20.054    190.918    190.639     9.9    -0.1     1.1     0.7    -0.7 
   Private transportation.....................     19.287    188.093    187.762    10.1    -0.2     1.1     0.7    -0.8 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      7.952     93.842     93.664     0.2    -0.2     0.0     0.0    -0.2 
     New vehicles.............................      4.172    137.931    137.445    -0.7    -0.4    -0.1    -0.2    -0.3 
     Used cars and trucks (1).................      3.103    138.052    138.094     2.0     0.0     0.2     0.2     0.0 
    Motor fuel................................      6.940    261.531    260.402    32.9    -0.4     2.8     1.2    -1.9 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      6.597    260.457    259.112    32.9    -0.5     2.8     1.2    -2.0 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .446    124.416    125.238     4.5     0.7     0.4     0.5     0.7 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair......      1.169    230.255    231.349     3.7     0.5     0.3     0.7     0.3 
   Public transportation......................       .767    232.594    233.979     4.8     0.6     0.7     0.5    -0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      5.192    360.710    362.329     4.7     0.4     0.3     0.6     0.1 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.295    287.703    288.335     2.8     0.2     0.3     0.5     0.0 
   Medical care services......................      3.897    381.507    383.510     5.2     0.5     0.3     0.6     0.1 
    Professional services.....................      2.159    309.169    310.426     3.2     0.4     0.3     0.4     0.0 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.260    518.853    523.654     8.4     0.9     0.5     1.2     0.4 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.341    109.046    109.315     0.8     0.2     0.1     0.2     0.1 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.987    102.839    103.028     0.4     0.2     0.4     0.1    -0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      5.987    118.097    118.079     2.8     0.0     0.2     0.3     0.1 
   Education (2)..............................      2.377    175.134    175.118     5.4     0.0     0.5     0.6     0.2 
    Educational books and supplies............       .204    441.207    441.927     7.5     0.2     0.8     0.1    -0.1 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.174    493.797    493.672     5.2     0.0     0.5     0.7     0.3 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.609     85.935     85.919     0.9     0.0     0.0     0.1     0.0 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      3.488     84.008     83.992     0.8     0.0     0.0     0.1     0.0 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.869     98.988     98.931     1.7    -0.1     0.0     0.1    -0.1 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................       .619     10.737     10.754    -4.6     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.2 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (2) (6)...............       .228      8.937      8.895   -11.0    -0.5    -0.3     1.1    -0.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.508    350.630    351.979     3.2     0.4     0.4     0.5     0.3 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........      1.183    574.724    577.359     5.0     0.5     0.9     1.1     0.5 
   Personal care..............................      2.325    195.885    196.564     2.4     0.3     0.1     0.2     0.2 
    Personal care products (1)................       .647    158.167    157.877    -0.1    -0.2    -0.1    -0.2    -0.2 
    Personal care services (1)................       .560    220.324    221.338     3.1     0.5     0.5     0.2     0.5 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........       .910    333.154    334.868     4.2     0.5     0.3     0.5     0.4 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     44.745    173.711    174.083     6.0     0.2     0.5     0.6    -0.2 
  Food and beverages..........................     15.926    208.055    208.674     4.6     0.3     0.1     0.7     0.3 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     28.819    154.345    154.603     6.9     0.2     0.8     0.6    -0.6 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     17.315    196.910    197.606    12.7     0.4     0.0     1.6    -0.1 
    Apparel...................................      3.998    115.866    117.883    -0.3     1.7     0.2     0.8    -0.3 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     13.318    251.751    251.621    17.2    -0.1     1.6     1.4    -0.4 
   Durables...................................     11.504    112.688    112.560    -0.5    -0.1     0.0     0.0    -0.2 
 Services.....................................     55.255    245.484    246.154     3.1     0.3     0.3     0.3     0.2 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     30.100    228.071    228.660     2.9     0.3     0.3     0.3     0.1 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .297    117.740    117.921     0.3     0.2     0.0     0.3     0.2 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      4.347    184.522    185.324     3.2     0.4     0.1    -0.4     1.5 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................       .966    148.528    149.317     5.4     0.5     0.5     0.5     0.3 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .339    145.431    145.825     2.8     0.3     0.3     0.5     0.3 
  Transportation services.....................      5.266    236.883    237.426     2.2     0.2     0.3     0.5     0.1 
  Medical care services.......................      3.897    381.507    383.510     5.2     0.5     0.3     0.6     0.1 
  Other services..............................     10.042    279.780    280.199     3.0     0.1     0.3     0.3     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     85.099    206.371    206.877     4.3     0.2     0.4     0.4    -0.1 
 All items less shelter.......................     69.603    198.113    198.592     5.0     0.2     0.4     0.5     0.0 
 All items less medical care..................     94.808    200.329    200.800     4.4     0.2     0.4     0.4     0.0 
 Commodities less food........................     29.844    156.365    156.670     6.8     0.2     0.8     0.6    -0.5 
 Nondurables less food........................     18.341    197.892    198.660    12.1     0.4     0.0     1.5    -0.1 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     14.343    247.136    247.188    16.1     0.0     1.5     1.3    -0.3 
 Nondurables..................................     33.241    203.268    203.933     8.5     0.3     0.0     1.1     0.1 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     25.155    234.576    235.258     3.3     0.3     0.3     0.2     0.3 
 Services less medical care services..........     51.358    235.557    236.154     2.9     0.3     0.3     0.3     0.2 
 Energy.......................................     11.610    220.163    219.983    19.7    -0.1     1.8     0.8    -0.7 
 All items less energy........................     88.390    205.991    206.588     2.7     0.3     0.2     0.4     0.1 
  All items less food and energy..............     73.489    205.992    206.605     2.3     0.3     0.2     0.3     0.0 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     22.581    140.696    141.238     0.4     0.4     0.1     0.3    -0.1 
    Energy commodities........................      7.264    264.633    263.601    32.9    -0.4     2.8     1.4    -1.9 
   Services less energy services..............     50.908    252.103    252.756     3.1     0.3     0.3     0.3     0.1 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .484     $ .483       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .162     $ .162       -       -       -       -       - 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated
 using a geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 1984=100 base
   5 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   6 This item will be rebased to December 2007=100 beginning with the release of March 2008 data.  All historical data
 will be revised to reflect the new base.
   - Data not available.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.



 Table 5. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): Seasonally adjusted U.S. city average, by
 expenditure category and commodity and service group

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                                                  Seasonally adjusted indexes        Seasonally adjusted annual rate percent change
                                                                                                          for                      
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                   CPI-W                                                                    3 months ended--            6 months   
                                                                                                                        ended--    
                                               Nov.      Dec.      Jan.      Feb.                                                  
                                               2007      2007      2008      2008                                                  
                                                                                      May     Aug.    Nov.    Feb.    Aug.    Feb. 
                                                                                      2007    2007    2007    2008    2007    2008 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  206.586   207.386   208.301   208.298     6.0     1.8     6.9     3.4     3.9     5.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  205.952   206.145   207.555   208.257     4.6     5.2     4.0     4.6     4.9     4.3 
   Food....................................  205.618   205.780   207.222   207.901     4.6     5.3     4.1     4.5     4.9     4.3 
    Food at home...........................  204.016   204.017   205.887   206.527     5.9     5.5     4.3     5.0     5.7     4.7 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  226.906   228.116   229.488   233.733     3.0     5.1     6.4    12.6     4.0     9.5 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  198.016   197.974   199.343   198.931    13.3     1.7     2.5     1.9     7.3     2.2 
     Dairy and related products............  205.536   205.206   205.370   206.877    10.5    36.6     6.8     2.6    22.9     4.7 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  264.861   263.920   269.770   265.318    -2.9    -3.3    10.7     0.7    -3.1     5.6 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  154.322   153.768   156.112   156.437     6.3     5.7    -0.3     5.6     6.0     2.6 
     Other food at home....................  174.463   174.809   175.682   177.521     2.1     3.6     2.7     7.2     2.8     4.9 
      Sugar and sweets.....................  177.710   178.326   178.505   179.535     2.8     4.2     4.2     4.2     3.5     4.2 
      Fats and oils........................  177.527   179.208   181.290   184.099     1.0     7.5     6.3    15.7     4.2    10.9 
      Other foods..........................  189.803   189.809   190.770   192.783     2.2     2.6     1.6     6.4     2.4     4.0 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  115.803   115.658   115.658   118.828    -0.4     4.6    -1.9    10.9     2.1     4.3 
    Food away from home (1)................  209.518   209.931   210.776   211.517     2.7     4.9     3.9     3.9     3.8     3.9 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  145.233   144.454   145.625   146.924     5.1     5.4     0.8     4.7     5.3     2.8 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  209.491   210.180   211.034   212.072     4.1     4.5     1.9     5.0     4.3     3.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  207.123   207.639   208.096   208.533     3.2     1.8     3.9     2.8     2.5     3.3 
   Shelter.................................  235.668   236.320   236.955   237.099     2.9     2.9     3.3     2.5     2.9     2.9 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  237.208   237.988   238.767   239.179     3.8     3.2     4.4     3.4     3.5     3.9 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  144.435   144.750   146.621   143.829     8.6     7.1     0.6    -1.7     7.9    -0.5 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                             
        residence (3) (4)..................  225.451   226.048   226.656   226.982     2.3     2.4     3.1     2.7     2.4     2.9 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  117.370   117.396   117.740   117.921    -2.7     1.6     0.3     1.9    -0.6     1.1 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  202.933   203.522   203.514   205.930     7.6    -1.9    10.1     6.0     2.8     8.0 
    Household energy.......................  182.704   183.168   182.988   185.477     8.1    -3.3    11.0     6.2     2.3     8.6 
     Fuel oil and other fuels..............  287.993   294.530   305.305   301.932    28.7    18.2    70.7    20.8    23.3    43.6 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3).......  186.277   186.409   185.607   188.475     6.7    -4.8     7.0     4.8     0.8     5.9 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  146.890   147.594   148.371   148.883     5.0     5.8     5.4     5.5     5.4     5.5 
   Household furnishings and operations....  122.149   122.123   122.389   122.330    -0.6    -0.6    -0.8     0.6    -0.6    -0.1 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  144.275   144.659   145.431   145.825     2.5     2.1     2.1     4.4     2.3     3.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  118.615   118.809   119.760   119.341    -4.5    -1.2     2.2     2.5    -2.9     2.3 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  112.382   112.718   113.796   114.759    -1.6     0.7     1.5     8.7    -0.5     5.1 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  109.374   110.224   110.735   108.555    -6.1    -3.6    -0.7    -3.0    -4.9    -1.9 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  118.008   116.423   118.421   118.510   -10.8     1.1    10.6     1.7    -5.1     6.0 
   Footwear................................  123.012   122.170   122.938   123.294    -2.7     0.2     4.1     0.9    -1.2     2.5 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  192.987   195.050   196.402   194.963    18.9    -0.6    21.0     4.2     8.7    12.3 
   Private transportation..................  190.157   192.213   193.565   192.100    19.7    -0.8    21.4     4.2     9.0    12.4 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   93.401    93.445    93.452    93.308     0.0     2.8    -1.2    -0.4     1.4    -0.8 
     New vehicles..........................  137.175   137.046   136.764   136.345     0.5     0.3    -1.3    -2.4     0.4    -1.8 
     Used cars and trucks (1)..............  137.457   137.791   138.052   138.094    -0.3     8.2    -1.6     1.9     3.9     0.1 
    Motor fuel.............................  273.216   280.926   284.180   278.651    77.7    -8.5    77.3     8.2    27.5    38.5 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  272.061   279.754   283.087   277.354    78.5    -8.7    77.3     8.0    27.7    38.4 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  123.302   123.786   124.416   125.238     2.7     2.9     5.8     6.4     2.8     6.1 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair...  227.993   228.691   230.251   231.051     3.5     3.9     2.0     5.5     3.7     3.7 
   Public transportation...................  234.266   236.012   237.118   236.848    -0.9     4.1    11.8     4.5     1.6     8.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  357.778   358.906   361.100   361.337     3.6     5.6     5.5     4.0     4.6     4.8 
   Medical care commodities................  285.747   286.734   288.251   288.297     0.8     2.9     3.7     3.6     1.9     3.7 
   Medical care services...................  378.222   379.384   381.817   382.130     4.3     6.4     6.0     4.2     5.3     5.1 
    Professional services..................  307.357   308.431   309.634   309.636     1.8     4.8     3.3     3.0     3.3     3.2 
    Hospital and related services (3)......  509.438   512.146   518.313   520.557     7.2     7.5    10.1     9.0     7.3     9.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  108.936   108.995   109.201   109.351     0.3    -1.3     2.6     1.5    -0.5     2.1 
   Video and audio (2).....................  102.659   103.054   103.205   103.080    -0.4    -2.5     2.8     1.7    -1.4     2.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  117.277   117.559   117.947   118.044     5.3     2.1     1.3     2.6     3.7     1.9 
   Education (2)...........................  172.588   173.490   174.582   174.995     5.7     4.9     5.2     5.7     5.3     5.5 
    Educational books and supplies.........  436.077   439.590   439.883   439.326    10.2    12.4     4.6     3.0    11.3     3.8 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  486.458   488.861   492.237   493.569     5.3     4.2     5.3     6.0     4.8     5.6 
   Communication (2).......................   85.810    85.837    85.933    85.917     4.9     0.0    -1.6     0.5     2.5    -0.5 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (1) (2)............................   83.894    83.917    84.008    83.992     4.7    -0.3    -1.7     0.5     2.2    -0.6 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............   98.874    98.887    98.988    98.931     5.8     1.4    -0.4     0.2     3.6    -0.1 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (1) (5)..................   10.710    10.722    10.737    10.754    -1.0    -9.5    -9.0     1.7    -5.4    -3.8 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (1) (2) (6)............    8.866     8.843     8.937     8.895    -6.0   -16.1   -21.6     1.3   -11.2   -10.9 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  347.645   348.898   350.676   351.684     2.5     2.3     3.4     4.7     2.4     4.1 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  563.435   568.410   574.724   577.359     0.6     4.2     5.1    10.3     2.3     7.6 
   Personal care...........................  195.302   195.524   195.924   196.315     3.5     1.5     2.6     2.1     2.5     2.4 
    Personal care products (1).............  158.579   158.407   158.167   157.877     1.5    -1.9     2.0    -1.8    -0.2     0.1 
    Personal care services (1).............  218.897   219.945   220.324   221.338     3.2     1.6     2.9     4.5     2.4     3.7 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  330.664   331.721   333.520   334.915     4.7     3.0     4.0     5.2     3.9     4.6 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  174.229   175.167   176.292   175.865     9.6     1.1    11.1     3.8     5.2     7.4 
  Food and beverages.......................  205.952   206.145   207.555   208.257     4.6     5.2     4.0     4.6     4.9     4.3 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  155.974   157.215   158.122   157.241    12.6    -1.3    15.6     3.3     5.4     9.3 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  201.748   201.649   204.777   204.470    21.7    -6.4    34.1     5.5     6.7    19.0 
    Apparel................................  118.615   118.809   119.760   119.341    -4.5    -1.2     2.2     2.5    -2.9     2.3 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  253.733   257.755   261.377   260.305    34.6    -2.1    29.1    10.8    14.8    19.6 
   Durables................................  112.470   112.476   112.528   112.347    -1.3    -0.3    -0.2    -0.4    -0.8    -0.3 
 Services..................................  244.542   245.199   245.868   246.368     3.3     2.4     3.7     3.0     2.8     3.3 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  227.238   227.878   228.476   228.609     3.0     2.9     3.4     2.4     2.9     2.9 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   117.370   117.396   117.740   117.921    -2.7     1.6     0.3     1.9    -0.6     1.1 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  186.277   186.409   185.607   188.475     6.7    -4.8     7.0     4.8     0.8     5.9 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  146.890   147.594   148.371   148.883     5.0     5.8     5.4     5.5     5.4     5.5 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  144.275   144.659   145.431   145.825     2.5     2.1     2.1     4.4     2.3     3.2 
  Transportation services..................  235.256   235.963   237.214   237.465    -1.1     4.0     2.2     3.8     1.4     3.0 
  Medical care services....................  378.222   379.384   381.817   382.130     4.3     6.4     6.0     4.2     5.3     5.1 
  Other services...........................  278.127   278.909   279.758   280.128     4.7     1.5     3.0     2.9     3.1     3.0 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  206.575   207.491   208.298   208.176     6.3     1.2     7.5     3.1     3.7     5.3 
 All items less shelter....................  198.217   199.078   200.108   200.052     7.4     1.4     8.6     3.8     4.3     6.1 
 All items less medical care...............  200.258   201.041   201.908   201.898     6.2     1.6     7.0     3.3     3.9     5.2 
 Commodities less food.....................  157.933   159.164   160.074   159.239    12.3    -1.1    15.1     3.3     5.4     9.0 
 Nondurables less food.....................  202.374   202.296   205.318   205.143    20.6    -5.8    31.9     5.6     6.6    18.0 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  248.761   252.459   255.821   254.991    32.0    -1.6    26.7    10.4    14.0    18.3 
 Nondurables...............................  204.803   204.783   206.961   207.202    12.8    -1.0    18.4     4.8     5.7    11.4 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  233.423   234.129   234.673   235.467     4.0     2.4     3.2     3.5     3.2     3.4 
 Services less medical care services.......  234.646   235.252   235.849   236.298     3.4     2.5     3.0     2.8     2.9     2.9 
 Energy....................................  226.219   230.224   232.031   230.458    42.1    -6.3    45.4     7.7    15.4    25.1 
 All items less energy.....................  205.063   205.468   206.280   206.471     2.3     2.9     2.7     2.8     2.6     2.8 
  All items less food and energy...........  205.315   205.774   206.456   206.548     1.8     2.4     2.4     2.4     2.1     2.4 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  140.789   140.900   141.352   141.277    -0.9     1.0     0.3     1.4     0.0     0.8 
    Energy commodities.....................  274.866   282.540   286.486   281.012    74.6    -7.2    77.0     9.2    27.3    39.0 
   Services less energy services...........  250.837   251.555   252.403   252.625     3.0     3.1     3.4     2.9     3.0     3.1 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated using a
 geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 1984=100 base
   5 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   6 This item will be rebased to December 2007=100 beginning with the release of March 2008 data.  All historical data will be
 revised to reflect the new base.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.



 Table 6. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): Selected areas, all items index 

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                   All items                                      
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                       Indexes                 Percent change to Percent change to
                    CPI-W                      Pricing                                          Feb. 2008 from--   Jan. 2008 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Nov.      Dec.      Jan.      Feb.                                      
                                                          2007      2007      2008      2008    Feb.  Dec.  Jan.  Jan.  Nov.  Dec.
                                                                                                2007  2007  2008  2007  2007  2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      205.891   205.777   206.744   207.254   4.4   0.7   0.2   4.6   0.4   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      219.871   220.146   221.065   221.702   4.3   0.7   0.3   4.2   0.5   0.4 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      220.710   220.824   221.492   222.315   3.9   0.7   0.4   3.9   0.4   0.3 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      132.485   132.856   133.766   133.893   4.9   0.8   0.1   5.0   1.0   0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      196.056   195.493   196.617   197.110   4.2   0.8   0.3   4.7   0.3   0.6 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      196.343   195.839   196.963   197.549   3.9   0.9   0.3   4.3   0.3   0.6 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      128.129   127.740   128.561   128.695   4.5   0.7   0.1   5.3   0.3   0.6 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      194.907   194.099   194.850   195.774   5.0   0.9   0.5   4.8   0.0   0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      200.849   200.850   201.814   202.291   5.0   0.7   0.2   5.3   0.5   0.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      203.991   204.370   205.304   205.588   4.9   0.6   0.1   5.3   0.6   0.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      128.407   128.206   128.767   129.144   5.1   0.7   0.3   5.4   0.3   0.4 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      202.913   203.333   204.954   205.523   5.2   1.1   0.3   4.9   1.0   0.8 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      209.629   209.488   210.342   210.816   3.8   0.6   0.2   4.2   0.3   0.4 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      211.268   211.095   212.040   212.614   3.8   0.7   0.3   4.2   0.4   0.4 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      130.356   130.309   130.935   131.148   4.0   0.6   0.2   4.3   0.4   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      190.680   190.622   191.461   191.982   4.1   0.7   0.3   4.4   0.4   0.4 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      129.268   129.156   129.830   130.092   4.7   0.7   0.2   5.1   0.4   0.5 
   D.........................................    M      201.016   200.867   201.685   202.292   4.8   0.7   0.3   4.5   0.3   0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      200.887   200.217   201.525   202.497   4.7   1.1   0.5   4.9   0.3   0.7 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      212.844   212.282   213.825   214.231   3.7   0.9   0.2   4.6   0.5   0.7 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      223.716   223.873   224.557   225.281   3.9   0.6   0.3   4.1   0.4   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1      230.440         -   231.291         -     -     -     -   3.1   0.4     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1      188.488         -   190.115         -     -     -     -   4.7   0.9     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1      198.521         -   199.407         -     -     -     -   4.8   0.4     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1      134.844         -   135.826         -     -     -     -   5.3   0.7     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2            -   202.034         -   203.473   5.2   0.7     -     -     -     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2            -   195.866         -   197.670   2.6   0.9     -     -     -     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2            -   184.975         -   185.904   3.7   0.5     -     -     -     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2            -   215.561         -   216.971   5.5   0.7     -     -     -     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2            -   218.791         -   220.718   3.6   0.9     -     -     -     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2            -   214.204         -   214.913   2.9   0.3     -     -     -     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2            -   214.024         -   216.332   5.1   1.1     -     -     -     - 

   1 Areas on pricing schedule 2 (see Table 10) will appear next month. 
   2 Regions defined as the four Census regions.  See technical notes.
   3 Indexes on a December 1996=100 base.
   4 Indexes on a December 1986=100 base.
   5 In addition, the following metropolitan areas are published semiannually and appear in Tables 34 and 39 of the January and
 July issues of the CPI Detailed Report: Anchorage, AK; Cincinnati-Hamilton, OH-KY-IN; Denver-Boulder-Greeley, CO; Honolulu, HI;
 Kansas City, MO-KS; Milwaukee-Racine, WI; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI; Phoenix-Mesa, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland-Salem, OR-WA;
 St. Louis, MO-IL; San Diego, CA; Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL.
   6 Indexes on a November 1996=100 base.
   - Data not available.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.



 Table 7. Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U): U.S. city average, by
 expenditure category and commodity and service group

 (December 1999=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                  
                                                                                                  
                                                                                    Unadjusted    
                                                 Relative       Unadjusted      percent change to 
                                               importance,       indexes         Feb. 2008 from-  
                    C-CPI-U                     December                                          
                                                2005-2006                                         
                                                              Jan.      Feb.      Feb.      Jan.  
                                                              2008      2008      2007      2008  
                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                  
             Expenditure category                                                                 
                                                                                                  
 All items....................................    100.000   121.895   122.251       3.7       0.3 
                                                                                                  
  Food and beverages..........................     14.726   122.754   123.139       4.4       0.3 
   Food.......................................     13.648   122.818   123.160       4.4       0.3 
    Food at home..............................      7.557   120.057   120.290       4.8       0.2 
    Food away from home.......................      6.091   126.480   126.964       3.9       0.4 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.077   122.294   123.233       4.1       0.8 
                                                                                                  
  Housing.....................................     42.421   126.224   126.688       2.6       0.4 
   Shelter....................................     32.409   128.649   129.138       2.8       0.4 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.004   150.932   151.681       5.0       0.5 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      5.008    95.406    95.553      -1.1       0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Apparel.....................................      3.988    86.315    87.846      -1.1       1.8 
                                                                                                  
  Transportation..............................     17.393   126.959   126.754       8.8      -0.2 
   Private transportation.....................     16.285   127.949   127.677       9.1      -0.2 
   Public transportation......................      1.108   115.411   116.081       5.7       0.6 
                                                                                                  
  Medical care................................      6.085   140.429   141.042       4.2       0.4 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.615   125.286   125.545       2.9       0.2 
   Medical care services......................      4.470   146.032   146.791       4.7       0.5 
                                                                                                  
  Recreation..................................      5.935   104.981   105.181       0.0       0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Education and communication.................      6.196   106.292   106.297       2.2       0.0 
   Education..................................      2.771   164.392   164.408       5.5       0.0 
   Communication..............................      3.425    73.458    73.460      -0.4       0.0 
                                                                                                  
  Other goods and services....................      3.257   126.147   126.540       2.8       0.3 
                                                                                                  
          Commodity and service group                                                             
                                                                                                  
 Services.....................................     58.427   130.051   130.502       3.0       0.3 
 Commodities..................................     41.573   111.721   111.962       4.6       0.2 
  Durables....................................     11.817    84.227    84.059      -1.6      -0.2 
 Nondurables..................................     29.756   126.020   126.500       7.2       0.4 
  All items less food and energy..............     77.561   116.208   116.594       2.0       0.3 
 Energy.......................................      8.790   186.870   186.798      18.9       0.0 

 Indexes for 2008 are initial estimates.  Indexes for 2007 are interim adjustments.
 NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.

Last Modified Date: March 14, 2008
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