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Consumer Price Index News Release


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                     CONSUMER PRICE INDEX:  MARCH 2009
                                     
 
 CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
     
     
      The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased
 0.2 percent in March, before seasonal adjustment, the Bureau of Labor
 Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.  The index has
 decreased 0.4 percent over the last year, the first 12 month decline since
 August 1955.
      
        On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI-U decreased 0.1 percent in
 March after rising 0.4 percent in February.  The decrease was due to a
 downturn in the energy index, which declined 3.0 percent in March after
 rising 3.3 percent the previous month.  All the energy indexes decreased,
 particularly the indexes for fuel oil, natural gas, and motor fuel.  The
 food index declined 0.1 percent for the second straight month to virtually
 the same level as October 2008.  The food at home index declined 0.4
 percent, the second straight such decrease, as the index for dairy and
 related products continued to decline.
      
        The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.2 percent
 for the third month in a row.  An 11.0 percent increase in the index for
 tobacco and smoking products accounted for over sixty percent of the March
 rise, with a 0.6 percent increase in the new vehicles index also
 contributing.  In contrast, the indexes for lodging away from home, used
 cars and trucks, and airline fares continued to decline.  The index for
 all items less food and energy has risen 1.8 percent over the past year.     


 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. 
                      Sep.  Oct.  Nov.  Dec.  Jan.  Feb.  Mar.   ended     ended  
                      2008  2008  2008  2008  2009  2009  2009 Mar. 2009 Mar. 2009
                                                                                                                                                        
 All items..........    .0   -.8  -1.7   -.8    .3    .4   -.1       2.2       -.4
  Food and beverages    .5    .4    .2    .1    .1   -.1   -.1       -.7       4.3
  Housing...........   -.1    .0   -.1    .0    .0    .0   -.1       -.5       1.4
  Apparel...........   -.3   -.7    .1   -.6    .3   1.3   -.2       5.3       1.4
  Transportation....   -.1  -4.8  -9.7  -5.0   1.3   1.9  -1.1       8.8     -13.1
  Medical care......    .3    .2    .2    .3    .4    .3    .2       4.0       2.8
  Recreation........    .2    .2    .0   -.2    .0    .4    .0       1.8       1.7
  Education and                                                                   
     communication..    .1    .2    .2    .3    .3    .2    .2       2.9       3.6
  Other goods and                                                                 
     services.......    .2    .3    .0    .0    .3    .2   2.7      13.5       5.7
 Special indexes:                                                                 
  Energy............  -1.0  -7.8 -16.9  -9.3   1.7   3.3  -3.0       7.9     -23.0
  Food..............    .5    .4    .2    .0    .1   -.1   -.1       -.8       4.4
  All items less                                                                  
     food and energy    .1    .0    .1    .0    .2    .2    .2       2.2       1.8

      The food and beverages index declined 0.1 percent in March, the same
 decrease as in February.  A 0.4 percent decrease in the food at home index
 more than offset 0.1 percent increases in the indexes for food away from
 home and for alcoholic beverages.  Within food at home, the indexes for
 three of the six major grocery store food groups declined.  The largest
 decline was in the dairy and related products index, which fell 2.4
 percent in March, the same decrease as in February, as the milk index
 declined 4.4 percent.  The index for meats, poultry, fish and eggs
 decreased 0.9 percent, the fifth straight monthly decline, as the index
 for eggs fell 4.6 percent and the beef index declined 1.4 percent.  The
 index for cereals and bakery products also declined in March, while the
 other food at home index was virtually unchanged.  Registering increases
 in March were the indexes for fruits and vegetables and for nonalcoholic
 beverages.   The food index has increased 4.4 percent over the past year,
 with the food at home index up 4.3 percent.
      
      After being virtually unchanged in February, the housing index
 declined 0.1 percent in March.  The shelter index was virtually unchanged
 in March.  The indexes for rent and owners' equivalent rent both rose 0.2
 percent, but these increases were offset by a 2.4 percent decrease in the
 index for lodging away from home.  This was the sixth straight monthly
 decline in that index, which has fallen 7.8 percent over the past year.
 The index for household energy decreased 1.8 percent in March.  The
 indexes for fuel oil and natural gas, which have been falling since last
 summer, continued to decline in March, with the fuel oil index falling 8.5
 percent and the index for natural gas decreasing 4.8 percent.  The
 electricity index turned down in March, falling 0.2 percent after rising
 0.5 percent in February.  The index for household furnishings and
 operations rose 0.3 percent in March.  Over the past year, the housing
 index has risen 1.4 percent, with the shelter index up 1.5 percent and the
 household energy index down 0.5 percent.
      
      The index for transportation declined 1.1 percent in March after
 rising 1.9 percent in February.  The gasoline index, which rose 8.3
 percent in February, declined 4.0 percent in March.  (Prior to seasonal
 adjustment, gasoline prices rose 1.0 percent in March.)  The index for new
 and used motor vehicles was virtually unchanged in March, as a 0.6 percent
 increase in the new vehicles index offset a 1.7 percent decline in the
 index for used cars and trucks.  The index for public transportation
 declined 1.0 percent in March as the airline fare index fell 2.3 percent.
 This was the seventh straight monthly decline for the airline fares index;
 it has decreased 7.7 percent over the last 12 months.  The transportation
 index has declined 13.1 percent since March 2008, with the index for
 gasoline down 39.3 percent.
      
      Among other CPI groups, the index for apparel turned down in March,
 declining 0.2 percent after rising 1.3 percent in February.  (On a not
 seasonally adjusted basis, apparel prices rose 3.1 percent in March and
 were up 1.4 percent over the past year.)   The medical care index rose 0.2
 percent in March and has increased 2.8 percent over the past year.  The
 index for recreation was virtually unchanged in March and was up 1.7
 percent over the past year.  The index for education and communication
 rose 0.2 percent in March, with the education index up 0.5 percent and the
 communication index virtually unchanged.  The index for other goods and
 services rose 2.7 percent in March due to the 11.0 percent increase in the
 tobacco and smoking products index.


 Year-to-Date Change
     
     
      For the first three months of 2009, consumer prices increase at a
 seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) of 2.2 percent.  This compares
 to a 0.1 percent increase for all of 2008.  The index for energy, which
 fell 21.3 percent in 2008, advanced at a 7.9 SAAR in the first quarter of
 2009.  Petroleum-based energy costs rose at a 29.1 percent rate and energy
 services decreased at an 8.5 percent rate.  The food index fell at a SAAR
 of 0.8 percent in the first quarter of 2009 after rising 5.9 percent
 during 2008.  The food at home index, which rose 6.6 percent during 2008,
 fell at a 3.6 percent SAAR in the first quarter of 2009.
      
      Excluding food and energy, the CPU-U rose at a 2.2 percent SAAR
 during the first quarter of 2009 after increasing 1.8 percent during 2008.
 Advances during the first quarter in the indexes for tobacco, new
 vehicles, medical care, and apparel contributed to the rise, while
 declines in the indexes for lodging away from home and public
 transportation mitigated the increase.


                       Percentage change 12 months ended in December
                                                                       SAAR 3
                                                                        mos.  
                                                                       ended 
                                                                       Mar.  
                       2002   2003   2004   2005   2006   2007   2008  2009  
                                                                                                                                                          
 All items...........   2.4    1.9    3.3    3.4    2.5    4.1    0.1    2.2 
  Food and beverages    1.5    3.5    2.6    2.3    2.2    4.8    5.8    -.7 
  Housing............   2.4    2.2    3.0    4.0    3.3    3.0    2.4    -.5 
  Apparel............  -1.8   -2.1    -.2   -1.1     .9    -.3   -1.0    5.3 
  Transportation.....   3.8     .3    6.5    4.8    1.6    8.3  -13.3    8.8 
  Medical care.......   5.0    3.7    4.2    4.3    3.6    5.2    2.6    4.0 
  Recreation.........   1.1    1.1     .7    1.1    1.0     .8    1.8    1.8 
  Education and                                                              
   communication.....   2.2    1.6    1.5    2.4    2.3    3.0    3.6    2.9 
  Other goods and                                                            
   services..........   3.3    1.5    2.5    3.1    3.0    3.3    3.4   13.5 
 Special indexes:                                                            
  Energy.............  10.7    6.9   16.6   17.1    2.9   17.4  -21.3    7.9 
   Energy commodities  23.7    6.9   26.7   16.7    6.1   29.4  -40.5   29.1 
   Energy services...    .4    6.9    6.8   17.6    -.6    3.4    7.7   -8.5 
  All items less                                                             
   energy............   1.8    1.5    2.2    2.2    2.5    2.8    2.4    1.7 
   Food..............   1.5    3.6    2.7    2.3    2.1    4.9    5.9    -.8 
  All items less food                                                        
   and energy........   1.9    1.1    2.2    2.2    2.6    2.4    1.8    2.2


 CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W)

      The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
 (CPI-W) increased 0.2 percent in March, prior to seasonal adjustment.  The
 index value of 207.218 was 0.9 percent lower than in March 2008.   On a
 seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI-W decreased 0.1 percent in March.


 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. 
                      Sep.  Oct.  Nov.  Dec.  Jan.  Feb.  Mar.   ended     ended  
                      2008  2008  2008  2008  2009  2009  2009 Mar. 2009 Mar. 2009
                                                                                                                                                                    
 All items..........    .0  -1.0  -2.1  -1.0    .3    .4   -.1       2.6       -.9
  Food and beverages    .5    .4    .2    .1    .0   -.2   -.1      -1.1       4.4
  Housing...........   -.1    .0    .0    .0    .0    .1   -.1       -.1       1.8
  Apparel...........    .0  -1.0    .0   -.6    .6   1.0   -.3       5.4       1.1
  Transportation....   -.1  -5.3 -10.9  -5.6   1.5   2.0  -1.3       8.8     -15.2
  Medical care......    .3    .1    .2    .3    .4    .4    .2       4.1       2.9
  Recreation........    .2    .1    .0   -.1    .0    .4    .0       1.9       1.5
  Education and                                                                   
     communication..    .0    .2    .2    .3    .2    .2    .2       2.2       3.3
  Other goods and                                                                 
     services.......    .2    .3    .1    .1    .4    .2   3.9      19.5       7.6
 Special indexes:                                                                 
  Energy............   -.8  -8.2 -17.8  -9.7   1.9   3.6  -3.1       9.5     -24.0
  Food..............    .5    .4    .2    .1    .0   -.2   -.1      -1.1       4.5
  All items less                                                                  
     food and energy    .1    .0    .1    .0    .2    .2    .2       2.6       1.8    
     
   
 Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U)
     
      The Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U)
 increased 0.2 percent in March on a not seasonally adjusted basis.  The
 index has decreased 0.8 percent over the past year.  Please note that the
 indexes for the post-2007 period are subject to revision.
     
     
 Upcoming release
     
 Consumer Price Index data for April are scheduled for release on Friday,
 May 15, 2009, 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 2004 through December 2008 were replaced in January 2009.
 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: 47 of the 73 components
 are seasonally adjusted for 2009.
      
      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 2009, BLS adjusted 29
 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.
     
     
     
     
     
  
  






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 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 Mar. 2009    percent change from- 
                     CPI-U                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2008       Feb.       Mar.                      Dec.    Jan.    Feb. 
                                                              2009       2009      Mar.    Feb.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2008    2009    Jan.    Feb.    Mar. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    212.193    212.709    -0.4     0.2     0.3     0.4    -0.1 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    635.637    637.182       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     15.757    219.333    218.794     4.3    -0.2     0.1    -0.1    -0.1 
   Food.......................................     14.629    219.205    218.600     4.4    -0.3     0.1    -0.1    -0.1 
    Food at home..............................      8.156    218.389    217.110     4.3    -0.6    -0.1    -0.4    -0.4 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.150    254.187    253.698     7.4    -0.2     0.0    -0.5    -0.2 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      1.898    207.963    206.348     3.3    -0.8    -0.1    -0.1    -0.9 
     Dairy and related products (1)...........       .910    204.537    199.687    -3.1    -2.4    -0.6    -2.4    -2.4 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.194    278.721    274.759     2.4    -1.4    -1.3     0.4     0.2 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................       .982    164.213    165.656     4.8     0.9    -0.1    -0.4     1.0 
     Other food at home.......................      2.022    192.404    192.234     7.9    -0.1     0.6    -0.3     0.0 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .300    196.676    197.137     8.2     0.2     1.5     0.0     0.2 
      Fats and oils...........................       .241    205.359    204.776    12.0    -0.3    -1.9    -1.1     0.1 
      Other foods.............................      1.481    206.621    206.367     7.1    -0.1     0.8    -0.2     0.0 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .433    122.580    122.402     4.3    -0.1     0.2    -1.2    -0.1 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.474    221.968    222.216     4.6     0.1     0.3     0.3     0.1 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .314    154.726    154.414     3.9    -0.2    -0.4     0.9    -0.2 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.127    219.682    219.999     3.6     0.1     0.2    -0.2     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     43.421    217.180    217.374     1.4     0.1     0.0     0.0    -0.1 
   Shelter....................................     33.200    248.878    249.597     1.5     0.3     0.2     0.0     0.0 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      5.957    248.305    248.639     3.2     0.1     0.3     0.1     0.2 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      2.478    135.809    137.715    -7.8     1.4    -1.1    -1.8    -2.4 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................     24.433    255.779    256.321     2.1     0.2     0.3     0.1     0.2 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .333    120.683    120.737     2.6     0.0     0.3     0.2     0.0 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.431    213.520    210.501     0.6    -1.4    -0.7    -0.1    -1.4 
    Household energy..........................      4.460    192.168    188.736    -0.5    -1.8    -0.9    -0.2    -1.8 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .301    242.264    230.837   -30.5    -4.7    -2.7    -1.8    -7.7 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      4.159    197.886    194.752     2.4    -1.6    -0.8     0.0    -1.4 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................       .971    157.638    158.052     5.9     0.3     0.2     0.1     0.4 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.790    129.170    129.669     1.8     0.4    -0.1     0.2     0.3 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .781    150.156    150.914     4.1     0.5    -0.2    -0.2     0.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.691    118.825    122.545     1.4     3.1     0.3     1.3    -0.2 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................       .923    115.202    117.748     2.4     2.2     1.6     2.8    -0.3 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.541    105.777    111.079     0.4     5.0     0.2     0.8    -0.7 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .183    113.544    115.548    -0.4     1.8     0.5    -1.1     0.6 
   Footwear...................................       .688    124.301    126.707     1.8     1.9    -0.2     0.7     0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     15.314    169.542    169.647   -13.1     0.1     1.3     1.9    -1.1 
   Private transportation.....................     14.189    164.871    165.023   -13.6     0.1     1.5     2.2    -1.1 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      6.931     92.224     92.109    -2.3    -0.1     0.2     0.5     0.0 
     New vehicles.............................      4.480    134.186    134.611    -0.8     0.3     0.3     0.8     0.6 
     Used cars and trucks.....................      1.628    122.837    121.061   -11.8    -1.4    -0.8    -1.7    -1.7 
    Motor fuel................................      3.164    167.395    168.404   -39.6     0.6     5.3     7.6    -4.4 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      2.964    166.118    167.826   -39.3     1.0     6.0     8.3    -4.0 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .382    134.108    134.484     6.5     0.3     0.3     0.5     0.3 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair (1)..      1.188    241.689    242.118     5.4     0.2     0.7     0.3     0.2 
   Public transportation......................      1.125    231.529    230.735    -5.0    -0.3    -1.8    -1.9    -1.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      6.390    372.405    373.189     2.8     0.2     0.4     0.3     0.2 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.625    302.184    302.908     1.9     0.2     0.4     0.6     0.2 
   Medical care services......................      4.765    394.047    394.837     3.1     0.2     0.5     0.3     0.2 
    Professional services.....................      2.702    316.992    317.460     2.8     0.1     0.3     0.1     0.0 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.545    558.373    560.995     6.1     0.5     0.8     0.8     0.6 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.741    114.461    114.625     1.7     0.1     0.0     0.4     0.0 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.822    101.704    102.000    -1.5     0.3    -0.5     0.0     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.301    126.190    126.187     3.6     0.0     0.3     0.2     0.2 
   Education (2)..............................      3.107    187.256    187.298     5.6     0.0     0.3     0.4     0.5 
    Educational books and supplies............       .221    469.996    472.185     7.3     0.5     0.3     0.3     0.5 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.886    538.878    538.813     5.4     0.0     0.3     0.5     0.5 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.194     84.945     84.922     1.7     0.0     0.2     0.0     0.0 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      3.022     82.052     82.022     1.6     0.0     0.2     0.0     0.0 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.408    101.895    101.991     3.0     0.1     0.2     0.0     0.1 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................       .614      9.926      9.872    -3.7    -0.5     0.1     0.1    -0.5 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (6)...................       .214     87.696     86.213   -14.1    -1.7     0.0    -0.9    -1.7 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.386    351.223    361.156     5.7     2.8     0.3     0.2     2.7 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........       .776    611.549    679.078    18.1    11.0     0.8     0.7    11.0 
   Personal care..............................      2.610    203.391    204.117     2.1     0.4     0.1     0.0     0.2 
    Personal care products (1)................       .651    162.508    162.696     2.7     0.1     0.7     0.0     0.1 
    Personal care services (1)................       .647    225.895    227.982     2.3     0.9    -0.2     0.1     0.9 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........      1.074    341.188    341.570     1.8     0.1     0.0     0.1     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     39.556    165.891    166.645    -4.2     0.5     0.5     0.9    -0.3 
  Food and beverages..........................     15.757    219.333    218.794     4.3    -0.2     0.1    -0.1    -0.1 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     23.799    138.702    139.962    -8.9     0.9     0.8     1.5    -0.4 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     13.289    167.560    170.200   -13.2     1.6     1.7     2.8    -1.2 
    Apparel...................................      3.691    118.825    122.545     1.4     3.1     0.3     1.3    -0.2 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................      9.598    201.554    203.557   -17.8     1.0     2.3     3.3    -1.6 
   Durables...................................     10.510    109.221    109.264    -2.5     0.0    -0.1     0.1     0.0 
 Services.....................................     60.444    258.328    258.597     2.3     0.1     0.1     0.1     0.0 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     32.867    259.440    260.197     1.5     0.3     0.2    -0.1    -0.1 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .333    120.683    120.737     2.6     0.0     0.3     0.2     0.0 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      4.159    197.886    194.752     2.4    -1.6    -0.8     0.0    -1.4 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................       .971    157.638    158.052     5.9     0.3     0.2     0.1     0.4 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .781    150.156    150.914     4.1     0.5    -0.2    -0.2     0.5 
  Transportation services.....................      5.567    248.114    247.912     3.5    -0.1     0.3     0.4    -0.1 
  Medical care services.......................      4.765    394.047    394.837     3.1     0.2     0.5     0.3     0.2 
  Other services..............................     11.002    301.471    302.024     3.4     0.2     0.1     0.3     0.2 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     85.371    211.076    211.775    -1.1     0.3     0.3     0.5    -0.1 
 All items less shelter.......................     66.800    200.184    200.626    -1.3     0.2     0.3     0.6    -0.2 
 All items less medical care..................     93.610    204.265    204.766    -0.6     0.2     0.3     0.4    -0.2 
 Commodities less food........................     24.926    141.491    142.728    -8.4     0.9     0.8     1.4    -0.4 
 Nondurables less food........................     14.416    170.665    173.167   -12.2     1.5     1.6     2.6    -1.2 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     10.726    202.323    204.159   -16.0     0.9     2.1     3.0    -1.5 
 Nondurables..................................     29.046    192.943    194.105    -4.7     0.6     0.8     1.2    -0.7 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     27.577    276.739    276.407     3.3    -0.1     0.1     0.2    -0.1 
 Services less medical care services..........     55.679    247.439    247.675     2.2     0.1     0.1     0.0    -0.1 
 Energy.......................................      7.624    178.741    177.454   -23.0    -0.7     1.7     3.3    -3.0 
 All items less energy........................     92.376    217.325    218.033     2.2     0.3     0.2     0.1     0.1 
  All items less food and energy..............     77.746    217.685    218.639     1.8     0.4     0.2     0.2     0.2 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     21.461    140.270    141.662     0.4     1.0     0.1     0.4     0.4 
    Energy commodities........................      3.465    172.428    172.787   -39.0     0.2     4.6     6.9    -4.7 
   Services less energy services..............     56.285    264.547    265.147     2.3     0.2     0.2     0.1     0.1 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .471     $ .470       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .157     $ .157       -       -       -       -       - 

   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 Indexes on a December 2007=100 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--    
                                               Dec.      Jan.      Feb.      Mar.                                                  
                                               2008      2009      2009      2009                                                  
                                                                                      June    Sep.    Dec.    Mar.    Sep.    Mar. 
                                                                                      2008    2008    2008    2009    2008    2009 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  211.577   212.174   213.007   212.714     6.5     3.1   -12.4     2.2     4.7    -5.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  219.181   219.309   219.076   218.792     7.4     8.2     2.7    -0.7     7.8     1.0 
   Food....................................  219.082   219.193   218.970   218.651     7.8     8.5     2.5    -0.8     8.1     0.8 
    Food at home...........................  219.179   218.879   217.968   217.202    10.2    10.4     0.8    -3.6    10.3    -1.4 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  255.655   255.719   254.347   253.863    14.2    12.0     6.9    -2.8    13.1     2.0 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  208.726   208.536   208.389   206.465     7.4    11.0     0.0    -4.3     9.2    -2.2 
     Dairy and related products (1)........  210.838   209.632   204.537   199.687     5.8     8.7    -5.0   -19.5     7.3   -12.5 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  277.783   274.270   275.374   275.843    19.1    10.5   -14.3    -2.8    14.7    -8.7 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  164.038   163.804   163.173   164.813     3.7     7.3     6.3     1.9     5.5     4.1 
     Other food at home....................  191.809   192.914   192.419   192.431    11.0    11.0     8.4     1.3    11.0     4.8 
      Sugar and sweets.....................  194.164   197.086   196.990   197.299     6.8    10.2     9.2     6.6     8.5     7.9 
      Fats and oils........................  209.848   205.904   203.729   204.029    34.3    22.4     7.2   -10.6    28.2    -2.1 
      Other foods..........................  205.566   207.193   206.838   206.741     8.6     9.4     8.5     2.3     9.0     5.3 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  123.791   124.012   122.580   122.402     3.9     9.4     9.0    -4.4     6.6     2.1 
    Food away from home (1)................  220.684   221.319   221.968   222.216     4.7     6.1     4.6     2.8     5.4     3.7 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  154.062   153.402   154.726   154.414     3.6     5.9     5.4     0.9     4.7     3.1 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  219.154   219.504   219.141   219.315     3.5     5.2     5.4     0.3     4.3     2.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  217.592   217.646   217.621   217.335     4.8     1.9    -0.4    -0.5     3.3    -0.4 
   Shelter.................................  248.519   248.938   248.881   248.899     2.3     2.0     1.0     0.6     2.2     0.8 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  246.928   247.744   248.087   248.490     3.7     3.6     3.0     2.6     3.7     2.8 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  140.600   139.122   136.561   133.328    -0.4    -0.5    -9.9   -19.1    -0.5   -14.6 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                             
        residence (3) (4)..................  254.683   255.349   255.687   256.257     2.3     1.9     1.8     2.5     2.1     2.2 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  120.019   120.402   120.683   120.737     4.8     2.9     0.3     2.4     3.8     1.3 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  219.092   217.515   217.260   214.254    25.1    -1.2    -9.0    -8.5    11.2    -8.8 
    Household energy.......................  198.564   196.727   196.415   192.927    29.6    -3.1   -11.9   -10.9    12.1   -11.4 
     Fuel oil and other fuels..............  263.242   256.210   251.478   232.191    60.7   -29.6   -65.9   -39.5     6.4   -54.6 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3).......  203.746   202.120   202.043   199.289    26.8     0.0    -4.7    -8.5    12.6    -6.6 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  156.646   157.027   157.141   157.817     5.5     8.6     6.4     3.0     7.0     4.7 
   Household furnishings and operations....  128.910   128.759   129.008   129.436     0.8     4.5     0.2     1.6     2.6     0.9 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  150.689   150.438   150.156   150.914     8.5     6.0     1.3     0.6     7.2     1.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  118.221   118.523   120.039   119.744     1.0     4.3    -4.6     5.3     2.6     0.2 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  111.478   113.210   116.328   116.007    -0.5    -1.4    -4.5    17.3    -0.9     5.8 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  106.214   106.470   107.374   106.592     0.2    10.6    -9.6     1.4     5.3    -4.2 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  113.474   114.014   112.796   113.510    -2.5     0.9    -0.2     0.1    -0.8     0.0 
   Footwear................................  124.534   124.325   125.209   125.517     4.1    -1.9     2.2     3.2     1.0     2.7 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  167.353   169.489   172.759   170.903    14.8     1.4   -55.5     8.8     7.9   -30.4 
   Private transportation..................  161.950   164.414   168.067   166.252    14.1     1.3   -57.3    11.1     7.5   -31.1 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   91.321    91.534    91.997    92.016    -1.9    -4.8    -5.6     3.1    -3.4    -1.3 
     New vehicles..........................  131.766   132.132   133.199   134.020    -0.5    -4.6    -4.8     7.0    -2.6     1.0 
     Used cars and trucks..................  126.872   125.893   123.757   121.704    -7.0   -10.7   -13.8   -15.3    -8.9   -14.6 
    Motor fuel.............................  160.675   169.176   182.030   173.947    42.4     5.5   -93.5    37.4    22.6   -70.2 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  157.460   166.839   180.685   173.498    42.4     6.5   -93.9    47.4    23.2   -70.1 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  133.077   133.414   134.108   134.484     4.8    10.5     6.3     4.3     7.6     5.3 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair                                                                                           
        (1)................................  239.356   241.076   241.689   242.118     6.0     7.0     3.8     4.7     6.5     4.3 
   Public transportation...................  243.444   239.071   234.648   232.294    24.6     3.6   -24.0   -17.1    13.6   -20.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  368.302   369.914   371.175   371.902     2.2     2.3     2.7     4.0     2.3     3.3 
   Medical care commodities................  298.814   299.887   301.710   302.464    -2.1     0.6     4.2     5.0    -0.7     4.6 
   Medical care services...................  389.723   391.533   392.512   393.210     3.7     2.9     2.2     3.6     3.3     2.9 
    Professional services..................  315.052   316.115   316.299   316.416     4.4     2.8     2.4     1.7     3.6     2.1 
    Hospital and related services (3)......  545.921   550.035   554.315   557.588     5.5     5.8     4.2     8.8     5.6     6.5 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  114.002   114.022   114.492   114.511     1.2     3.8     0.0     1.8     2.5     0.9 
   Video and audio (2).....................  102.189   101.677   101.630   101.640    -3.2     1.5    -2.1    -2.1    -0.9    -2.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  125.567   125.900   126.187   126.461     5.1     3.1     3.2     2.9     4.1     3.0 
   Education (2)...........................  185.829   186.426   187.249   188.119     6.0     5.9     5.4     5.0     5.9     5.2 
    Educational books and supplies.........  465.315   466.752   468.101   470.674     7.6    12.6     4.7     4.7    10.0     4.7 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  534.870   536.592   539.023   541.493     5.9     5.4     5.5     5.0     5.6     5.3 
   Communication (2).......................   84.746    84.926    84.944    84.924     4.3     0.6     1.1     0.8     2.4     1.0 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (1) (2)............................   81.886    82.030    82.052    82.022     3.8     0.6     1.2     0.7     2.2     1.0 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............  101.688   101.880   101.895   101.991     6.8     2.5     1.5     1.2     4.7     1.3 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (1) (5)..................    9.906     9.919     9.926     9.872    -6.7    -6.6     0.2    -1.4    -6.6    -0.6 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (1) (6)................   88.529    88.522    87.696    86.213   -17.4   -18.8    -9.6   -10.1   -18.1    -9.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  349.529   350.529   351.139   360.782     4.9     3.3     1.3    13.5     4.1     7.2 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  602.644   607.403   611.549   679.078    10.9     5.3     3.4    61.2     8.0    29.1 
   Personal care...........................  203.007   203.284   203.328   203.836     3.2     2.8     0.7     1.6     3.0     1.2 
    Personal care products (1).............  161.397   162.588   162.508   162.696     1.1     2.0     4.5     3.3     1.5     3.9 
    Personal care services (1).............  226.281   225.734   225.895   227.982     1.4     2.0     3.0     3.0     1.7     3.0 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  341.063   341.123   341.519   341.437     5.1     3.8    -1.9     0.4     4.5    -0.7 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  164.891   165.772   167.199   166.703     8.4     3.4   -28.5     4.5     5.9   -13.6 
  Food and beverages.......................  219.181   219.309   219.076   218.792     7.4     8.2     2.7    -0.7     7.8     1.0 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  137.385   138.547   140.611   140.043     9.0     0.8   -42.6     8.0     4.8   -21.3 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  165.287   168.119   172.896   170.758    22.7     1.3   -60.0    13.9    11.5   -32.5 
    Apparel................................  118.221   118.523   120.039   119.744     1.0     4.3    -4.6     5.3     2.6     0.2 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  198.177   202.707   209.390   206.003    29.3     0.6   -69.9    16.8    14.1   -40.7 
   Durables................................  108.961   108.857   108.993   109.006    -2.1    -2.9    -5.1     0.2    -2.5    -2.5 
 Services..................................  258.073   258.406   258.654   258.590     5.0     2.7     0.8     0.8     3.9     0.8 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  259.268   259.773   259.487   259.349     2.1     2.2     1.3     0.1     2.2     0.7 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   120.019   120.402   120.683   120.737     4.8     2.9     0.3     2.4     3.8     1.3 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  203.746   202.120   202.043   199.289    26.8     0.0    -4.7    -8.5    12.6    -6.6 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  156.646   157.027   157.141   157.817     5.5     8.6     6.4     3.0     7.0     4.7 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  150.689   150.438   150.156   150.914     8.5     6.0     1.3     0.6     7.2     1.0 
  Transportation services..................  246.912   247.648   248.567   248.393     8.6     5.2    -2.0     2.4     6.9     0.2 
  Medical care services....................  389.723   391.533   392.512   393.210     3.7     2.9     2.2     3.6     3.3     2.9 
  Other services...........................  300.093   300.534   301.506   302.251     4.3     3.8     2.4     2.9     4.1     2.7 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  210.379   211.055   212.061   211.773     6.2     2.2   -14.6     2.7     4.2    -6.4 
 All items less shelter....................  199.458   200.133   201.331   200.911     8.5     3.5   -18.2     2.9     6.0    -8.2 
 All items less medical care...............  203.785   204.338   205.148   204.820     6.7     3.1   -13.3     2.0     4.9    -5.9 
 Commodities less food.....................  140.192   141.335   143.336   142.788     8.7     1.0   -41.2     7.6     4.8   -20.4 
 Nondurables less food.....................  168.525   171.218   175.672   173.638    21.7     1.4   -57.2    12.7    11.1   -30.6 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  199.276   203.422   209.425   206.340    27.5     0.6   -66.3    15.0    13.3   -37.8 
 Nondurables...............................  191.854   193.462   195.833   194.522    15.4     3.7   -34.9     5.7     9.4   -17.1 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  276.902   277.056   277.608   277.380     7.9     3.7     1.0     0.7     5.8     0.9 
 Services less medical care services.......  247.630   247.839   247.947   247.779     4.7     2.8     1.2     0.2     3.8     0.7 
 Energy....................................  178.835   181.938   187.901   182.254    36.9     1.9   -76.7     7.9    18.1   -49.9 
 All items less energy.....................  216.630   216.970   217.276   217.539     3.3     3.2     0.5     1.7     3.2     1.1 
  All items less food and energy...........  216.882   217.265   217.670   218.042     2.5     2.3     0.2     2.2     2.4     1.2 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  139.578   139.745   140.300   140.893    -0.2     0.5    -2.4     3.8     0.2     0.7 
    Energy commodities.....................  167.125   174.862   186.872   178.146    43.4     3.0   -92.8    29.1    21.6   -69.4 
   Services less energy services...........  263.696   264.221   264.500   264.698     3.6     2.9     1.2     1.5     3.2     1.4 

   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 Indexes on a December 2007=100 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                                          Mar. 2009 from--   Feb. 2009 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Dec.      Jan.      Feb.      Mar.                                      
                                                          2008      2009      2009      2009    Mar.  Jan.  Feb.  Feb.  Dec.  Jan.
                                                                                                2008  2009  2009  2008  2008  2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      210.228   211.143   212.193   212.709  -0.4   0.7   0.2   0.2   0.9   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      225.091   225.436   226.754   227.309   0.2   0.8   0.2   0.7   0.7   0.6 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      227.681   227.852   229.262   229.749   0.3   0.8   0.2   0.8   0.7   0.6 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      132.830   133.308   133.967   134.411  -0.1   0.8   0.3   0.3   0.9   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      199.582   200.815   201.453   202.021  -0.8   0.6   0.3  -0.2   0.9   0.3 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      200.465   202.001   202.639   203.240  -0.9   0.6   0.3  -0.3   1.1   0.3 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      128.018   128.636   129.057   129.334  -0.6   0.5   0.2   0.1   0.8   0.3 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      195.383   195.843   196.421   197.267  -1.1   0.7   0.4  -0.6   0.5   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      203.501   204.288   205.343   206.001  -0.3   0.8   0.3   0.1   0.9   0.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      206.414   207.035   207.929   208.529  -0.3   0.7   0.3   0.2   0.7   0.4 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      129.099   129.615   130.380   130.873  -0.4   1.0   0.4   0.0   1.0   0.6 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      204.428   205.766   206.671   206.927   0.0   0.6   0.1   0.7   1.1   0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      214.685   215.923   217.095   217.357  -0.5   0.7   0.1   0.3   1.1   0.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      218.698   219.806   220.955   221.124  -0.4   0.6   0.1   0.5   1.0   0.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      129.725   130.682   131.636   131.775  -0.8   0.8   0.1   0.1   1.5   0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      192.646   193.412   194.354   194.750  -0.3   0.7   0.2   0.3   0.9   0.5 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      129.519   130.135   130.855   131.230  -0.5   0.8   0.3   0.1   1.0   0.6 
   D.........................................    M      202.359   203.409   203.999   204.672  -0.5   0.6   0.3   0.1   0.8   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      205.959   207.616   207.367   207.462  -1.9  -0.1   0.0  -1.0   0.7  -0.1 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      219.620   220.719   221.439   221.376  -1.0   0.3   0.0   0.0   0.8   0.3 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      233.012   233.402   234.663   235.067   0.8   0.7   0.2   1.6   0.7   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1            -   230.806         -   232.155  -0.4   0.6     -     -     -     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1            -   198.232         -   199.457  -1.5   0.6     -     -     -     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1            -   198.623         -   200.039   0.7   0.7     -     -     -     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1            -   137.598         -   138.620   0.4   0.7     -     -     -     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2      196.961         -   199.190         -     -     -     -  -2.4   1.1     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2      197.991         -   201.913         -     -     -     -  -0.2   2.0     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2      185.930         -   187.972         -     -     -     -   0.2   1.1     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2      218.324         -   220.589         -     -     -     -   0.7   1.0     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2      218.186         -   220.262         -     -     -     -  -0.3   1.0     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2      218.528         -   222.166         -     -     -     -   1.2   1.7     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2      222.580         -   224.737         -     -     -     -   1.4   1.0     - 

   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 Mar. 2009    percent change from- 
                     CPI-W                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2008       Feb.       Mar.                      Dec.    Jan.    Feb. 
                                                              2009       2009      Mar.    Feb.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2008    2009    Jan.    Feb.    Mar. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    206.708    207.218    -0.9     0.2     0.3     0.4    -0.1 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    615.719    617.239       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     16.942    218.645    218.119     4.4    -0.2     0.0    -0.2    -0.1 
   Food.......................................     15.865    218.449    217.855     4.5    -0.3     0.0    -0.2    -0.1 
    Food at home..............................      9.201    217.111    215.922     4.2    -0.5    -0.2    -0.5    -0.3 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.249    254.775    254.395     7.4    -0.1     0.0    -0.6    -0.1 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      2.315    207.656    206.094     3.3    -0.8    -0.2     0.0    -0.9 
     Dairy and related products (1)...........       .992    203.023    198.048    -3.7    -2.5    -0.7    -2.6    -2.5 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.266    275.884    271.727     2.1    -1.5    -1.3     0.2     0.1 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................      1.167    163.821    165.437     5.0     1.0    -0.2    -0.3     1.2 
     Other food at home.......................      2.212    191.620    191.594     7.8     0.0     0.6    -0.3     0.0 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .304    195.395    196.015     8.3     0.3     1.2     0.0     0.4 
      Fats and oils...........................       .274    206.185    205.693    12.0    -0.2    -2.0    -0.9    -0.1 
      Other foods.............................      1.634    206.547    206.468     7.1     0.0     0.9    -0.3     0.0 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .472    122.994    122.837     4.3    -0.1     0.3    -1.2    -0.1 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.664    222.101    222.336     4.8     0.1     0.3     0.3     0.1 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .233    154.520    154.054     4.7    -0.3    -0.2     0.7    -0.3 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.077    220.029    220.500     3.6     0.2     0.1    -0.2     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     41.313    213.192    213.213     1.8     0.0     0.0     0.1    -0.1 
   Shelter....................................     31.224    242.051    242.605     1.9     0.2     0.2     0.1     0.1 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      8.279    246.991    247.285     3.1     0.1     0.3     0.1     0.2 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      1.209    136.255    138.008    -6.8     1.3    -1.1    -1.6    -2.3 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................     21.430    231.746    232.235     2.1     0.2     0.3     0.1     0.2 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .306    120.960    121.099     2.6     0.1     0.3     0.2     0.1 
   Fuels and utilities........................      6.030    212.353    209.400     1.2    -1.4    -0.8     0.0    -1.4 
    Household energy..........................      4.996    190.110    186.809     0.3    -1.7    -1.0     0.0    -1.8 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .283    246.781    236.237   -28.3    -4.3    -2.1    -2.3    -7.0 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      4.713    196.040    192.922     2.5    -1.6    -1.0     0.1    -1.5 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................      1.035    158.069    158.460     6.0     0.2     0.2     0.1     0.4 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.059    124.865    125.337     1.7     0.4    -0.1     0.2     0.2 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .360    152.168    153.239     4.0     0.7    -0.4    -0.1     0.7 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.979    118.766    122.162     1.1     2.9     0.6     1.0    -0.3 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................      1.024    116.332    118.735     2.5     2.1     2.0     2.8    -0.5 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.568    105.538    110.380    -0.3     4.6     0.6     0.4    -0.8 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .249    116.001    117.944    -0.9     1.7     0.5    -0.8     0.4 
   Footwear...................................       .840    124.494    126.858     2.0     1.9     0.0     0.6     0.4 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     17.067    165.976    165.978   -15.2     0.0     1.5     2.0    -1.3 
   Private transportation.....................     16.284    162.645    162.659   -15.6     0.0     1.6     2.1    -1.3 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      7.627     89.728     89.418    -4.3    -0.3     0.1     0.0    -0.3 
     New vehicles.............................      4.057    135.248    135.744    -0.9     0.4     0.4     0.7     0.7 
     Used cars and trucks.....................      2.863    123.443    121.669   -11.9    -1.4    -0.8    -1.7    -1.7 
    Motor fuel................................      4.029    168.028    169.060   -39.6     0.6     5.3     7.5    -4.4 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      3.770    166.831    168.574   -39.3     1.0     6.0     8.2    -3.9 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .482    134.264    134.485     6.5     0.2     0.3     0.5     0.2 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair (1)..      1.242    244.219    244.650     5.3     0.2     0.7     0.3     0.2 
   Public transportation......................       .784    229.404    229.034    -4.9    -0.2    -1.5    -2.0    -0.7 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      5.355    372.630    373.541     2.9     0.2     0.4     0.4     0.2 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.320    293.917    294.728     1.9     0.3     0.3     0.6     0.3 
   Medical care services......................      4.035    395.563    396.489     3.2     0.2     0.5     0.3     0.2 
    Professional services.....................      2.234    319.663    320.231     2.9     0.2     0.3     0.1     0.1 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.338    554.390    557.167     6.2     0.5     0.8     0.7     0.6 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.454    111.257    111.436     1.5     0.2     0.0     0.4     0.0 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.982    101.857    102.153    -1.3     0.3    -0.5     0.1    -0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.221    122.092    122.087     3.3     0.0     0.2     0.2     0.2 
   Education (2)..............................      2.527    184.765    184.824     5.6     0.0     0.2     0.4     0.5 
    Educational books and supplies............       .219    473.012    474.880     7.3     0.4     0.2     0.5     0.4 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.308    520.159    520.146     5.4     0.0     0.2     0.4     0.5 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.694     87.640     87.615     1.9     0.0     0.2     0.0     0.0 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      3.568     85.624     85.595     1.8     0.0     0.1     0.1     0.0 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.965    101.890    101.977     2.9     0.1     0.2     0.0     0.1 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................       .604     10.442     10.378    -3.4    -0.6     0.1     0.2    -0.6 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (6)...................       .202     87.622     86.004   -14.2    -1.8     0.0    -0.6    -1.8 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.668    365.522    380.208     7.6     4.0     0.4     0.2     3.9 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........      1.267    615.012    682.115    18.2    10.9     0.8     0.7    10.9 
   Personal care..............................      2.401    201.426    202.099     2.2     0.3     0.1     0.0     0.2 
    Personal care products (1)................       .662    162.543    162.516     2.4     0.0     0.9    -0.1     0.0 
    Personal care services (1)................       .580    226.088    228.201     2.3     0.9    -0.3     0.1     0.9 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........       .947    343.443    344.021     2.2     0.2    -0.1     0.0     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     42.689    166.673    167.514    -5.2     0.5     0.6     0.8    -0.3 
  Food and beverages..........................     16.942    218.645    218.119     4.4    -0.2     0.0    -0.2    -0.1 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     25.747    140.235    141.615   -10.5     1.0     1.1     1.5    -0.4 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     14.587    171.698    174.838   -14.8     1.8     2.2     3.1    -1.2 
    Apparel...................................      3.979    118.766    122.162     1.1     2.9     0.6     1.0    -0.3 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     10.609    208.255    211.287   -19.4     1.5     2.8     3.7    -1.4 
   Durables...................................     11.160    108.592    108.413    -3.7    -0.2    -0.1    -0.1    -0.2 
 Services.....................................     57.311    253.456    253.591     2.6     0.1     0.1     0.1     0.0 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     30.918    233.365    233.903     1.9     0.2     0.2     0.0     0.1 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .306    120.960    121.099     2.6     0.1     0.3     0.2     0.1 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      4.713    196.040    192.922     2.5    -1.6    -1.0     0.1    -1.5 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................      1.035    158.069    158.460     6.0     0.2     0.2     0.1     0.4 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .360    152.168    153.239     4.0     0.7    -0.4    -0.1     0.7 
  Transportation services.....................      5.512    248.029    247.862     3.9    -0.1     0.5     0.4     0.0 
  Medical care services.......................      4.035    395.563    396.489     3.2     0.2     0.5     0.3     0.2 
  Other services..............................     10.432    289.432    290.043     3.2     0.2     0.1     0.3     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     84.135    204.465    205.167    -1.9     0.3     0.4     0.6    -0.1 
 All items less shelter.......................     68.776    196.052    196.551    -2.2     0.3     0.4     0.6    -0.3 
 All items less medical care..................     94.645    199.928    200.421    -1.1     0.2     0.3     0.4    -0.2 
 Commodities less food........................     26.824    142.809    144.172   -10.0     1.0     1.0     1.4    -0.4 
 Nondurables less food........................     15.664    174.484    177.487   -13.8     1.7     2.1     2.9    -1.1 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     11.686    208.291    211.094   -17.8     1.3     2.6     3.4    -1.3 
 Nondurables..................................     31.530    194.740    196.174    -5.7     0.7     1.1     1.4    -0.7 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     26.392    244.791    244.413     3.4    -0.2     0.0     0.2    -0.1 
 Services less medical care services..........     53.275    243.128    243.223     2.5     0.0     0.1     0.1     0.0 
 Energy.......................................      9.024    177.033    175.947   -24.0    -0.6     1.9     3.6    -3.1 
 All items less energy........................     90.976    211.279    211.989     2.3     0.3     0.2     0.1     0.2 
  All items less food and energy..............     75.111    210.203    211.178     1.8     0.5     0.2     0.2     0.2 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     22.513    140.554    142.077     0.1     1.1     0.2     0.2     0.5 
    Energy commodities........................      4.311    171.978    172.563   -39.1     0.3     4.9     7.0    -4.5 
   Services less energy services..............     52.598    259.643    260.158     2.6     0.2     0.2     0.1     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 Indexes on a December 2007=100 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--    
                                               Dec.      Jan.      Feb.      Mar.                                                  
                                               2008      2009      2009      2009                                                  
                                                                                      June    Sep.    Dec.    Mar.    Sep.    Mar. 
                                                                                      2008    2008    2008    2009    2008    2009 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  206.067   206.778   207.692   207.401     7.1     3.2   -15.3     2.6     5.1    -6.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  218.667   218.714   218.371   218.079     7.7     8.5     2.8    -1.1     8.1     0.9 
   Food....................................  218.504   218.536   218.207   217.881     8.0     8.7     2.6    -1.1     8.3     0.7 
    Food at home...........................  218.100   217.690   216.694   215.965    10.1    10.4     0.9    -3.9    10.3    -1.5 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  256.440   256.432   254.813   254.555    14.5    11.6     7.4    -2.9    13.0     2.1 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  208.532   208.092   208.151   206.190     7.0    11.2     0.5    -4.4     9.1    -2.0 
     Dairy and related products (1)........  209.922   208.530   203.023   198.048     5.7     8.6    -5.4   -20.8     7.1   -13.4 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  275.625   272.072   272.522   272.783    20.7    10.6   -15.1    -4.1    15.5    -9.8 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  163.589   163.227   162.689   164.563     2.8     8.3     6.9     2.4     5.5     4.6 
     Other food at home....................  191.118   192.226   191.629   191.720    11.4    10.9     7.9     1.3    11.2     4.5 
      Sugar and sweets.....................  193.170   195.556   195.485   196.202     7.0    10.3     9.4     6.4     8.7     7.9 
      Fats and oils........................  210.685   206.547   204.738   204.559    35.4    21.6     7.4   -11.1    28.3    -2.3 
      Other foods..........................  205.514   207.338   206.781   206.801     8.8     9.4     7.7     2.5     9.1     5.1 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  124.144   124.477   122.994   122.837     3.9     9.4     8.7    -4.1     6.6     2.1 
    Food away from home (1)................  220.847   221.497   222.101   222.336     5.1     6.3     5.0     2.7     5.7     3.9 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  153.646   153.397   154.520   154.054     5.9     5.5     6.3     1.1     5.7     3.6 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  219.567   219.832   219.285   219.507     3.4     5.3     6.1    -0.1     4.3     3.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  213.500   213.570   213.680   213.463     5.4     2.1     0.0    -0.1     3.7     0.0 
   Shelter.................................  241.355   241.879   242.000   242.257     2.4     2.1     1.8     1.5     2.3     1.7 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  245.683   246.440   246.739   247.150     3.5     3.4     2.9     2.4     3.5     2.7 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  140.971   139.451   137.170   133.991     0.9    -2.0    -6.4   -18.4    -0.6   -12.6 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                             
        residence (3) (4)..................  230.792   231.392   231.675   232.200     2.1     1.9     1.9     2.5     2.0     2.2 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  120.360   120.715   120.960   121.099     4.5     3.3     0.3     2.5     3.9     1.4 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  217.920   216.117   216.077   213.084    25.1     0.4    -8.2    -8.6    12.1    -8.4 
    Household energy.......................  196.397   194.348   194.282   190.862    29.3    -1.1   -10.8   -10.8    13.1   -10.8 
     Fuel oil and other fuels..............  266.721   261.002   255.111   237.288    54.3   -25.7   -63.1   -37.4     7.1   -51.9 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3).......  201.987   200.013   200.210   197.294    27.5     1.1    -5.3    -9.0    13.5    -7.2 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  157.070   157.447   157.531   158.223     5.4     9.1     6.5     3.0     7.2     4.7 
   Household furnishings and operations....  124.653   124.546   124.754   125.029     1.1     5.0    -0.3     1.2     3.0     0.5 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  152.814   152.273   152.168   153.239    10.0     5.4    -0.1     1.1     7.7     0.5 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  117.923   118.677   119.854   119.478    -0.1     5.7    -6.0     5.4     2.8    -0.5 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  111.922   114.105   117.255   116.702    -1.1    -0.3    -5.2    18.2    -0.7     5.9 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  106.026   106.642   107.054   106.208    -2.1    15.4   -13.2     0.7     6.3    -6.5 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  115.672   116.306   115.319   115.748    -2.5    -0.4    -0.9     0.3    -1.4    -0.3 
   Footwear................................  124.559   124.556   125.352   125.880     2.9    -1.4     2.4     4.3     0.7     3.3 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  163.954   166.362   169.627   167.435    15.1     1.0   -59.7     8.8     7.8   -33.8 
   Private transportation..................  160.223   162.806   166.302   164.112    14.7     0.9   -60.8    10.1     7.6   -34.3 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   89.570    89.682    89.662    89.419    -3.0    -6.4    -7.2    -0.7    -4.7    -4.0 
     New vehicles..........................  132.783   133.378   134.277   135.162    -0.5    -4.8    -5.0     7.4    -2.7     1.0 
     Used cars and trucks..................  127.590   126.534   124.356   122.304    -7.1   -10.8   -13.7   -15.6    -9.0   -14.7 
    Motor fuel.............................  161.274   169.900   182.697   174.688    41.9     5.7   -93.6    37.7    22.5   -70.2 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  158.198   167.678   181.433   174.331    42.1     6.5   -93.9    47.5    23.0   -70.1 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  133.295   133.645   134.264   134.485     4.6    10.8     7.0     3.6     7.6     5.3 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair                                                                                           
        (1)................................  241.855   243.594   244.219   244.650     5.6     7.0     3.9     4.7     6.3     4.3 
   Public transportation...................  240.296   236.685   231.991   230.256    25.7     2.5   -24.5   -15.7    13.5   -20.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  368.451   370.068   371.397   372.188     2.3     2.6     2.5     4.1     2.5     3.3 
   Medical care commodities................  290.504   291.485   293.339   294.284    -2.2     0.8     3.9     5.3    -0.7     4.6 
   Medical care services...................  391.178   393.024   394.081   394.779     3.8     3.2     2.1     3.7     3.5     2.9 
    Professional services..................  317.551   318.623   318.961   319.150     4.1     2.9     2.5     2.0     3.5     2.2 
    Hospital and related services (3)......  541.934   546.425   550.509   553.960     6.1     6.1     3.5     9.2     6.1     6.3 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  110.795   110.813   111.309   111.324     0.9     3.6    -0.2     1.9     2.2     0.9 
   Video and audio (2).....................  102.323   101.794   101.852   101.751    -3.0     2.0    -2.0    -2.2    -0.5    -2.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  121.592   121.817   122.064   122.270     5.2     3.1     2.8     2.2     4.1     2.5 
   Education (2)...........................  183.489   183.869   184.662   185.499     6.0     6.3     5.5     4.5     6.1     5.0 
    Educational books and supplies.........  468.077   469.011   471.367   473.276     7.6    12.8     4.4     4.5    10.2     4.5 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  516.743   517.817   520.014   522.397     5.8     5.7     5.6     4.4     5.8     5.0 
   Communication (2).......................   87.450    87.598    87.639    87.616     4.7     1.0     1.1     0.8     2.8     0.9 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (1) (2)............................   85.454    85.581    85.624    85.595     4.4     0.9     1.2     0.7     2.7     0.9 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............  101.720   101.876   101.890   101.977     6.8     2.5     1.5     1.0     4.6     1.2 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (1) (5)..................   10.406    10.418    10.442    10.378    -5.8    -6.3    -0.3    -1.1    -6.1    -0.7 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (1) (6)................   88.176    88.178    87.622    86.004   -16.8   -19.5   -10.8    -9.5   -18.1   -10.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  363.328   364.631   365.470   379.874     5.9     3.7     2.2    19.5     4.8    10.5 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  605.662   610.503   615.012   682.115    11.1     5.5     3.6    60.9     8.3    29.1 
   Personal care...........................  201.207   201.461   201.381   201.817     3.3     2.8     1.4     1.2     3.0     1.3 
    Personal care products (1).............  161.295   162.683   162.543   162.516     0.8     1.7     4.0     3.1     1.3     3.5 
    Personal care services (1).............  226.578   225.951   226.088   228.201     1.4     1.9     3.0     2.9     1.7     2.9 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  343.848   343.462   343.601   343.711     5.8     4.7    -1.2    -0.2     5.2    -0.7 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  165.761   166.831   168.242   167.715     9.1     3.6   -32.5     4.8     6.3   -15.9 
  Food and beverages.......................  218.667   218.714   218.371   218.079     7.7     8.5     2.8    -1.1     8.1     0.9 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  138.964   140.426   142.519   141.910     9.9     1.1   -47.5     8.8     5.4   -24.4 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  168.682   172.433   177.755   175.626    27.0     0.5   -64.9    17.5    13.0   -35.7 
    Apparel................................  117.923   118.677   119.854   119.478    -0.1     5.7    -6.0     5.4     2.8    -0.5 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  203.893   209.548   217.299   214.185    32.5     1.2   -74.2    21.8    15.8   -43.9 
   Durables................................  108.798   108.637   108.475   108.251    -2.4    -3.7    -6.5    -2.0    -3.1    -4.3 
 Services..................................  253.092   253.417   253.785   253.811     5.3     2.8     1.2     1.1     4.1     1.2 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  232.887   233.312   233.328   233.478     2.4     2.4     2.0     1.0     2.4     1.5 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   120.360   120.715   120.960   121.099     4.5     3.3     0.3     2.5     3.9     1.4 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  201.987   200.013   200.210   197.294    27.5     1.1    -5.3    -9.0    13.5    -7.2 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  157.070   157.447   157.531   158.223     5.4     9.1     6.5     3.0     7.2     4.7 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  152.814   152.273   152.168   153.239    10.0     5.4    -0.1     1.1     7.7     0.5 
  Transportation services..................  245.957   247.099   248.087   248.145     7.6     4.7     0.0     3.6     6.1     1.8 
  Medical care services....................  391.178   393.024   394.081   394.779     3.8     3.2     2.1     3.7     3.5     2.9 
  Other services...........................  288.397   288.590   289.415   290.152     4.2     3.9     2.3     2.5     4.1     2.4 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  203.702   204.532   205.662   205.378     6.9     2.3   -18.3     3.3     4.6    -8.1 
 All items less shelter....................  195.424   196.211   197.425   196.931     9.1     3.7   -21.9     3.1     6.4   -10.3 
 All items less medical care...............  199.400   200.078   200.971   200.650     7.3     3.3   -16.2     2.5     5.3    -7.3 
 Commodities less food.....................  141.555   142.991   145.025   144.434     9.7     1.2   -46.1     8.4     5.4   -23.6 
 Nondurables less food.....................  171.591   175.208   180.246   178.203    25.7     0.7   -62.5    16.3    12.5   -33.9 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  204.294   209.514   216.564   213.688    30.9     1.1   -71.2    19.7    15.0   -41.3 
 Nondurables...............................  193.307   195.377   198.015   196.725    17.7     3.3   -39.5     7.3    10.3   -19.4 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  245.083   245.075   245.607   245.340     8.4     3.9     0.9     0.4     6.1     0.7 
 Services less medical care services.......  243.176   243.374   243.578   243.498     5.2     2.9     1.6     0.5     4.1     1.0 
 Energy....................................  176.692   180.037   186.446   180.751    36.9     3.0   -78.5     9.5    18.8   -51.5 
 All items less energy.....................  210.598   210.987   211.226   211.602     3.3     3.3     0.7     1.9     3.3     1.3 
  All items less food and energy...........  209.372   209.834   210.188   210.707     2.3     2.2     0.2     2.6     2.2     1.4 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  140.094   140.375   140.675   141.363    -0.4     0.3    -3.3     3.7     0.0     0.1 
    Energy commodities.....................  166.230   174.341   186.476   178.042    42.5     4.1   -93.0    31.6    21.8   -69.6 
   Services less energy services...........  258.541   259.134   259.521   259.892     3.5     3.0     1.8     2.1     3.2     2.0 

   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 Indexes on a December 2007=100 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                                          Mar. 2009 from--   Feb. 2009 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Dec.      Jan.      Feb.      Mar.                                      
                                                          2008      2009      2009      2009    Mar.  Jan.  Feb.  Feb.  Dec.  Jan.
                                                                                                2008  2009  2009  2008  2008  2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      204.813   205.700   206.708   207.218  -0.9   0.7   0.2  -0.3   0.9   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      221.446   221.704   222.945   223.626   0.2   0.9   0.3   0.6   0.7   0.6 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      222.628   222.707   224.084   224.597   0.4   0.8   0.2   0.8   0.7   0.6 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      132.938   133.345   133.908   134.558  -0.2   0.9   0.5   0.0   0.7   0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      193.987   195.245   195.813   196.453  -1.3   0.6   0.3  -0.7   0.9   0.3 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      194.120   195.621   196.147   196.855  -1.3   0.6   0.4  -0.7   1.0   0.3 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      127.005   127.768   128.167   128.468  -1.1   0.5   0.2  -0.4   0.9   0.3 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      192.391   192.907   193.527   194.393  -1.8   0.8   0.4  -1.1   0.6   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      199.399   200.067   201.150   201.737  -1.1   0.8   0.3  -0.6   0.9   0.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      203.121   203.519   204.501   205.066  -1.1   0.8   0.3  -0.5   0.7   0.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      127.055   127.529   128.276   128.686  -1.2   0.9   0.3  -0.7   1.0   0.6 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      203.054   204.316   205.337   205.744  -0.9   0.7   0.2  -0.1   1.1   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      208.088   209.367   210.492   210.661  -1.2   0.6   0.1  -0.2   1.2   0.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      210.637   211.857   212.890   212.965  -0.9   0.5   0.0   0.1   1.1   0.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      128.641   129.639   130.649   130.674  -1.5   0.8   0.0  -0.4   1.6   0.8 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      190.272   191.023   191.927   192.327  -0.7   0.7   0.2   0.0   0.9   0.5 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      128.157   128.783   129.488   129.833  -1.1   0.8   0.3  -0.5   1.0   0.5 
   D.........................................    M      199.228   200.057   200.681   201.485  -1.4   0.7   0.4  -0.8   0.7   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      198.434   200.222   199.944   200.218  -2.2   0.0   0.1  -1.3   0.8  -0.1 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      211.007   212.454   213.234   213.013  -1.6   0.3  -0.1  -0.5   1.1   0.4 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      227.223   227.503   228.653   229.064   0.9   0.7   0.2   1.5   0.6   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1            -   230.095         -   231.884  -0.3   0.8     -     -     -     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1            -   188.798         -   190.107  -1.5   0.7     -     -     -     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1            -   199.416         -   200.770  -0.6   0.7     -     -     -     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1            -   136.359         -   137.539   0.0   0.9     -     -     -     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2      195.310         -   197.528         -     -     -     -  -2.9   1.1     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2      192.808         -   196.191         -     -     -     -  -0.7   1.8     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2      183.088         -   185.015         -     -     -     -  -0.5   1.1     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2      215.867         -   217.635         -     -     -     -   0.3   0.8     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2      217.610         -   219.356         -     -     -     -  -0.6   0.8     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2      213.685         -   216.797         -     -     -     -   0.9   1.5     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2      216.424         -   218.752         -     -     -     -   1.1   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         Mar. 2009 from-  
                    C-CPI-U                     December                                          
                                                2005-2006                                         
                                                              Feb.      Mar.      Mar.      Feb.  
                                                              2009      2009      2008      2009  
                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                  
             Expenditure category                                                                 
                                                                                                  
 All items....................................    100.000   121.901   122.182      -0.8       0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Food and beverages..........................     14.726   128.622   128.292       4.2      -0.3 
   Food.......................................     13.648   128.747   128.378       4.3      -0.3 
    Food at home..............................      7.557   125.539   124.782       4.1      -0.6 
    Food away from home.......................      6.091   132.849   132.990       4.5       0.1 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.077   127.399   127.568       3.5       0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Housing.....................................     42.421   128.765   128.865       1.2       0.1 
   Shelter....................................     32.409   131.107   131.493       1.4       0.3 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.004   157.776   155.178       0.2      -1.6 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      5.008    95.917    96.311       1.1       0.4 
                                                                                                  
  Apparel.....................................      3.988    87.673    90.588       0.9       3.3 
                                                                                                  
  Transportation..............................     17.393   113.341   113.432     -13.1       0.1 
   Private transportation.....................     16.285   113.448   113.571     -13.6       0.1 
   Public transportation......................      1.108   113.167   112.767      -5.3      -0.4 
                                                                                                  
  Medical care................................      6.085   144.662   144.929       2.6       0.2 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.615   127.740   127.992       1.7       0.2 
   Medical care services......................      4.470   150.904   151.174       2.9       0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Recreation..................................      5.935   105.707   105.740       0.5       0.0 
                                                                                                  
  Education and communication.................      6.196   109.693   109.639       3.0       0.0 
   Education..................................      2.771   173.166   173.200       5.5       0.0 
   Communication..............................      3.425    74.219    74.141       1.0      -0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Other goods and services....................      3.257   127.284   130.478       2.8       2.5 
                                                                                                  
          Commodity and service group                                                             
                                                                                                  
 Services.....................................     58.427   133.617   133.731       2.0       0.1 
 Commodities..................................     41.573   107.718   108.187      -4.6       0.4 
  Durables....................................     11.817    80.865    80.852      -3.2       0.0 
 Nondurables..................................     29.756   121.408   122.155      -5.2       0.6 
  All items less food and energy..............     77.561   117.964   118.459       1.3       0.4 
 Energy.......................................      8.790   150.780   149.828     -23.8      -0.6 

 Indexes for 2009 are initial estimates.  Indexes for 2008 are interim adjustments.
 NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.

Last Modified Date: April 15, 2009
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