Economic News Release

Consumer Price Index News Release


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                   Consumer Price Index - March 2011

 The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased
 0.5 percent in March on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau
 of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all
 items index increased 2.7 percent before seasonal adjustment.

 Gasoline and food prices continued to rise and together accounted for
 almost three quarters of the seasonally adjusted all items increase
 in March. The gasoline index posted its ninth consecutive increase
 and has now risen 14.4 percent over the last three months. The
 household energy index rose as well, with advances in the fuel oil
 and electricity indexes more than offsetting a decline in the index
 for natural gas. The food at home index continued to accelerate in
 March, rising 1.1 percent as all six major grocery store food groups
 increased.
 
 The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.1 percent in
 March, a smaller increase than in the previous two months. The index
 for shelter rose slightly, as did the index for medical care. Several
 transportation indexes posted significant increases, including new
 vehicles, used cars and trucks, and airline fares. In contrast, the
 indexes for apparel and for household furnishings and operations both
 declined in March.
 
 The all items index rose 2.7 percent in the last 12 months, the
 largest increase since December 2009. The energy index has now risen
 15.5 percent over the last 12 months, with the gasoline index up 27.5
 percent. The food index has risen 2.9 percent with the food at home
 index up 3.6 percent. The index for all items less food and energy
 has increased 1.2 percent with the shelter index up 0.9 percent.


 Table A. Percent changes in CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city
 average
                                                                               
                                                                               
                                  Seasonally adjusted changes from             
                                          preceding month                      
                                                                          Un-  
                                                                       adjusted
                                                                        12-mos.
                              Sep.  Oct.  Nov.  Dec.  Jan.  Feb.  Mar.   ended 
                              2010  2010  2010  2010  2011  2011  2011   Mar.  
                                                                         2011  
                                                                                                                                                             
 All items..................    .2    .2    .1    .4    .4    .5    .5      2.7
  Food......................    .3    .1    .2    .1    .5    .6    .8      2.9
   Food at home.............    .4    .1    .2    .2    .7    .8   1.1      3.6
   Food away from home (1)..    .3    .1    .1    .1    .2    .2    .3      1.9
  Energy....................   1.1   2.5    .1   4.0   2.1   3.4   3.5     15.5
   Energy commodities.......   2.2   4.4    .7   6.4   4.0   4.8   5.5     27.5
    Gasoline (all types)....   2.2   4.5    .7   6.7   3.5   4.7   5.6     27.5
    Fuel oil (1)............    .8   4.7   4.2   4.9   6.8   5.8   6.2     34.0
   Energy services..........   -.4    .0   -.8    .6   -.6   1.1    .2      -.6
    Electricity.............   -.1    .2    .6    .3   -.5    .4    .7      1.0
    Utility (piped) gas                                                        
       service..............  -1.4   -.6  -5.3   1.7  -1.2   3.4  -1.4     -5.5
  All items less food and                                                      
     energy.................    .0    .0    .1    .1    .2    .2    .1      1.2
   Commodities less food and                                                   
      energy commodities....   -.2   -.2    .0   -.1    .2    .2    .1       .2
    New vehicles............    .1   -.1   -.2   -.1   -.1   1.0    .7      1.6
    Used cars and trucks....   -.4   -.6    .1   -.1   -.3    .1    .8      2.3
    Apparel.................   -.5   -.2    .1    .1   1.0   -.9   -.5      -.6
    Medical care commodities                                                   
       (1)..................    .3    .1    .2    .1    .5    .7    .5      2.8
   Services less energy                                                        
      services..............    .1    .1    .2    .1    .1    .2    .2      1.6
    Shelter.................    .0    .1    .1    .1    .1    .1    .1       .9
    Transportation services     .3    .3    .4    .2    .6    .5    .5      3.7
    Medical care services...    .7    .2    .2    .3   -.1    .4    .1      2.7

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.



 Consumer Price Index Data for March 2011
 
 Food
 
 The food index rose 0.8 percent in March after rising 0.6 percent in
 February. The food at home index increased 1.1 percent in March and
 has risen 2.7 percent over the past three months. All six major
 grocery store food groups increased in March, with increases ranging
 from 0.5 percent for cereals and bakery products to 1.9 percent for
 fruits and vegetables. Within the fruits and vegetables component,
 the fresh vegetables index rose 4.7 percent in March after a 6.7
 percent increase in February, as indexes for potatoes, lettuce, and
 tomatoes all posted significant increases. The index for dairy and
 related products increased 1.3 percent, while the index for meats,
 poultry, fish, and eggs rose 1.1 percent. The index for nonalcoholic
 beverages increased 0.8 percent as the coffee index climbed 3.5
 percent. Over the past 12 months, the index for food at home has
 risen 3.6 percent with the index for meats, poultry, fish and eggs up
 7.9 percent. The index for food away from home increased 0.3 percent
 in March, its largest increase since September, and has risen 1.9
 percent over the past 12 months.
 
 Energy
 
 The energy index rose 3.5 percent in March after increasing 3.4
 percent in February. It has increased for nine months in a row,
 rising 23.7 percent since June 2010. The gasoline index rose 5.6
 percent in March after a 4.7 percent increase in February. (Before
 seasonal adjustment, gasoline prices rose 11.7 percent in March.) The
 index for household energy advanced 0.6 percent in March after a 1.3
 percent increase in February. The fuel oil index rose 6.2 percent and
 has increased 37.2 percent in the last six months. The index for
 electricity increased 0.7 percent in March, while the index for
 natural gas declined 1.4 percent. The household energy index has
 risen 1.2 percent over the last 12 months, with the fuel oil index up
 34.0 percent and the electricity index up 1.0 percent but the index
 for natural gas down 5.5 percent.
 
 All items less food and energy
 
 The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.1 percent in
 March after increasing 0.2 percent in each of the previous two
 months. The shelter index increased 0.1 percent for the sixth month
 in a row, with rent and owners' equivalent rent both increasing 0.1
 percent in March, as they did in February.  Several transportation
 indexes increased in March; the new vehicles index rose 0.7 percent
 after a 1.0 percent increase in February, and the index for used cars
 and trucks rose 0.8 percent. The airline fares index also continued
 to rise, increasing 1.9 percent. The medical care index increased 0.2
 percent in March after a 0.4 percent increase in February, with the
 medical care commodities index rising 0.5 percent and the index for
 medical care services advancing 0.1 percent. The recreation index was
 unchanged in March after a 0.3 percent increase in February, while
 several indexes posted declines in March. The apparel index fell 0.5
 percent after a 0.9 percent decrease in February. The index for
 household furnishings and operations turned down in March, falling
 0.1 percent after rising by that amount in February. Similarly, the
 index for personal care fell 0.2 percent in March after rising in
 each of the previous two months.
 
 The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.2 percent
 over the last 12 months. This change is above the low of 0.6 percent
 in October, but is still below the 1.9 percent average over the last
 10 years. The indexes for shelter, new vehicles, used cars and
 trucks, airline fares, and medical care are among those that have
 increased over the past year; the indexes for apparel, household
 furnishings and operations, and recreation have declined.
 
 Not seasonally adjusted CPI measures
 
 The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased
 2.7 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 223.467
 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index increased 1.0 percent prior
 to seasonal adjustment.
 
 The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
 (CPI-W) increased 3.0 percent over the last 12 months to an index
 level of 220.024 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index rose 1.1
 percent prior to seasonal adjustment.
 
 The Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U)
 increased 2.5 percent over the last 12 months. For the month, the
 index increased 0.9 percent on a not seasonally adjusted basis.
 Please note that the indexes for the post-2009 period are subject to
 revision.
 
 The Consumer Price Index for April 2011 is scheduled to be released
 on Friday, May 13, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).





























 Corrections to CPI data for January and February 2011
 
 Incorrect prices were used in the calculation of the intracity
 transportation index, affecting the data for January and February
 2011. The January and February news releases have been reissued with
 corrected data. The corrections affect indexes in Table 7 of the
 release and are noted in the footnotes of that table in this release.
 
 
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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 each month in 87 urban areas across the
 country from about 4,000 housing units and approximately 26,000
 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.
 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 116.500.  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 0.03 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 0.06 percent of the 1 month percentage
 change based on all retail prices.  For example, 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 0.14 and 0.26 percent.  For the
 latest data, including information on how to use the estimates of
 standard error, see "Variance Estimates for Price Changes in the
 Consumer Price Index, January-December 2010".  These data are
 available on the CPI home page (http://www.bls.gov/cpi), or by using
 the following link http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpivar2010.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 2006 through December 2010 were replaced in January
 2011.  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.
 
 Effective with the publication of data from January 2006 through
 December 2010 in January 2011, the Video and audio series and the
 Information technology, hardware and services series were changed
 from independently adjusted to dependently adjusted.  This resulted
 in an increase in the number of seasonal components used in deriving
 seasonal movement of the All items and 54 other lower level
 aggregations, from 73 for the publication of January 1998 through
 December 2005 data to 82 for the publication of seasonally adjusted
 data for January 2006 and later.  Each year the seasonal status of
 every series is reevaluated based upon certain statistical criteria.
 If any of the 82 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 before that
 period will not be changed.  Note: 37 of the 82 components are not
 seasonally adjusted for 2011.
 
 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 2011, 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 David Levin at
 (202) 691-6968, or by e-mail at Levin.David@bls.gov.  If you have
 general questions about the CPI, please call our information staff at
 (202) 691-7000.
 
 


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

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                    Unadjusted                          
                                                             Unadjusted indexes   percent change   Seasonally adjusted  
                                                 Relative                          to Mar. 2011    percent change from- 
                     CPI-U                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2010       Feb.       Mar.                      Dec.    Jan.    Feb. 
                                                              2011       2011      Mar.    Feb.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2010    2011    Jan.    Feb.    Mar. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    221.309    223.467     2.7     1.0     0.4     0.5     0.5 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    662.943    669.409       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     14.792    224.039    225.479     2.8     0.6     0.5     0.5     0.7 
   Food.......................................     13.742    223.799    225.350     2.9     0.7     0.5     0.6     0.8 
    Food at home..............................      7.816    221.241    223.430     3.6     1.0     0.7     0.8     1.1 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.090    254.238    255.482     1.8     0.5     0.8     0.0     0.5 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      1.813    216.175    218.808     7.9     1.2     0.9     1.2     1.1 
     Dairy and related products (1)...........       .839    203.510    206.161     3.7     1.3     0.1     0.6     1.3 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.152    286.766    290.279     3.5     1.2     1.3     2.2     1.9 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................       .926    163.734    165.038     1.5     0.8     1.5     0.2     0.8 
     Other food at home.......................      1.996    193.055    194.747     2.0     0.9     0.2     0.6     1.0 
      Sugar and sweets (1)....................       .297    204.168    205.505     2.8     0.7    -0.2     0.8     0.7 
      Fats and oils...........................       .232    210.508    214.352     7.9     1.8     2.1     0.9     2.8 
      Other foods.............................      1.466    205.174    206.743     0.9     0.8    -0.1     0.5     0.8 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .432    121.438    122.665     0.3     1.0    -1.2     0.4     1.0 
    Food away from home (1)...................      5.926    228.606    229.282     1.9     0.3     0.2     0.2     0.3 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .329    161.836    161.886     2.0     0.0     0.0     0.7     0.0 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.051    225.749    225.693     1.4     0.0     0.2     0.2     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     41.460    217.259    217.707     0.8     0.2     0.1     0.3     0.1 
   Shelter....................................     31.955    249.886    250.310     0.9     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.1 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      5.925    251.829    252.145     1.2     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.1 
    Lodging away from home (2)................       .776    131.572    136.486     2.6     3.7    -1.0     0.0     0.8 
    Owners' equivalent rent of residences (3)                                                                           
        (4)...................................     24.905    258.073    258.263     0.8     0.1     0.1     0.1     0.1 
     Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                 
         residence (3) (4)....................     23.310    258.060    258.253     0.8     0.1     0.1     0.1     0.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .349    126.529    125.863     1.2    -0.5     0.0     0.3    -0.5 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.096    215.587    216.672     2.1     0.5    -0.1     1.2     0.6 
    Household energy..........................      4.000    189.006    190.071     1.2     0.6    -0.2     1.3     0.6 
     Fuel oil and other fuels (1).............       .309    326.919    341.884    23.9     4.6     5.4     4.1     4.6 
     Energy services (3)......................      3.691    189.837    190.213    -0.6     0.2    -0.6     1.1     0.2 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................      1.095    177.194    177.694     5.4     0.3     0.3     0.8     0.5 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.409    124.576    124.735    -1.6     0.1     0.1     0.1    -0.1 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .772    151.358    150.541     0.4    -0.5     0.4     0.1    -0.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.601    118.369    121.286    -0.6     2.5     1.0    -0.9    -0.5 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................       .882    110.962    112.337    -0.7     1.2     1.0    -0.9    -0.7 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.520    105.076    109.544    -2.0     4.3     1.5    -1.2    -0.9 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .192    110.101    111.547    -3.8     1.3    -1.9    -1.6     0.1 
   Footwear...................................       .700    126.830    128.518     0.0     1.3     0.8    -0.4    -0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     17.308    203.037    211.014     9.8     3.9     1.3     1.9     2.2 
   Private transportation.....................     16.082    198.073    206.165     9.8     4.1     1.3     1.9     2.3 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      6.333     97.633     98.275     1.3     0.7    -0.2     0.5     0.8 
     New vehicles.............................      3.513    140.158    140.860     1.6     0.5    -0.1     1.0     0.7 
     Used cars and trucks.....................      2.055    142.937    144.072     2.3     0.8    -0.3     0.1     0.8 
    Motor fuel................................      5.079    271.843    303.565    27.7    11.7     3.9     4.8     5.6 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      4.865    270.822    302.574    27.5    11.7     3.5     4.7     5.6 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .408    140.912    140.686     3.8    -0.2     0.9     0.3    -0.2 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair (1)..      1.172    250.851    250.820     1.7     0.0     0.2     0.0     0.0 
   Public transportation......................      1.227    265.327    270.366    10.5     1.9     1.7     1.9     1.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      6.627    397.065    397.726     2.7     0.2     0.1     0.4     0.2 
   Medical care commodities (1)...............      1.633    321.186    322.691     2.8     0.5     0.5     0.7     0.5 
   Medical care services......................      4.994    420.567    420.852     2.7     0.1    -0.1     0.4     0.1 
    Professional services.....................      2.830    334.296    334.671     2.6     0.1     0.0     0.5     0.2 
    Hospital and related services.............      1.703    633.413    634.387     5.1     0.2    -0.1     0.5     0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      6.293    113.183    113.261    -0.1     0.1     0.2     0.3     0.0 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.816     98.268     98.719    -1.2     0.5     0.0     0.5     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.421    130.692    130.682     1.1     0.0     0.2     0.2     0.1 
   Education (2)..............................      3.107    204.153    204.251     4.0     0.0     0.6     0.4     0.3 
    Educational books and supplies............       .204    520.778    522.903     4.1     0.4     1.2    -0.2     0.6 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.903    586.782    586.914     3.9     0.0     0.5     0.4     0.3 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.313     83.779     83.730    -1.4    -0.1    -0.2     0.0    -0.1 
    Information and information processing (2)      3.138     80.417     80.364    -1.7    -0.1    -0.4     0.0    -0.1 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.334    101.316    101.258    -1.0    -0.1    -0.3    -0.1    -0.1 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (5).........................       .804      9.204      9.196    -3.7    -0.1    -0.8     0.2    -0.3 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (6).......................       .228     72.709     72.073    -8.1    -0.9    -1.7    -0.5    -1.6 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.497    385.397    385.637     1.8     0.1     0.1     0.1    -0.1 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........       .906    829.535    830.693     5.5     0.1     0.0     0.2     0.1 
   Personal care..............................      2.591    207.685    207.758     0.6     0.0     0.1     0.1    -0.2 
    Personal care products (1)................       .671    161.325    160.981    -0.9    -0.2     0.2     0.3    -0.2 
    Personal care services (1)................       .638    230.177    230.034     0.7    -0.1    -0.1     0.1    -0.1 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........      1.055    358.521    359.096     2.0     0.2     0.1     0.2     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     40.012    178.874    182.728     4.5     2.2     0.9     1.0     1.2 
  Food and beverages..........................     14.792    224.039    225.479     2.8     0.6     0.5     0.5     0.7 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     25.219    154.657    159.351     5.6     3.0     1.1     1.2     1.4 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     15.474    198.885    208.134     9.2     4.7     1.8     1.6     1.8 
    Apparel...................................      3.601    118.369    121.286    -0.6     2.5     1.0    -0.9    -0.5 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     11.873    253.570    266.993    12.3     5.3     2.0     2.1     2.9 
   Durables...................................      9.745    111.237    111.707     0.0     0.4    -0.1     0.4     0.4 
 Services.....................................     59.988    263.480    263.956     1.4     0.2     0.1     0.3     0.2 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     31.607    260.373    260.834     0.9     0.2    -0.1     0.0     0.0 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .349    126.529    125.863     1.2    -0.5     0.0     0.3    -0.5 
  Energy services (3).........................      3.691    189.837    190.213    -0.6     0.2    -0.6     1.1     0.2 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................      1.095    177.194    177.694     5.4     0.3     0.3     0.8     0.5 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .772    151.358    150.541     0.4    -0.5     0.4     0.1    -0.5 
  Transportation services.....................      6.140    265.354    266.754     3.7     0.5     0.6     0.5     0.5 
  Medical care services.......................      4.994    420.567    420.852     2.7     0.1    -0.1     0.4     0.1 
  Other services..............................     11.340    311.975    312.310     1.6     0.1     0.2     0.2     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     86.258    220.937    223.192     2.7     1.0     0.4     0.5     0.5 
 All items less shelter.......................     68.045    212.633    215.505     3.5     1.4     0.5     0.7     0.8 
 All items less medical care..................     93.373    212.709    214.907     2.7     1.0     0.4     0.6     0.6 
 Commodities less food........................     26.270    157.221    161.804     5.4     2.9     1.1     1.2     1.4 
 Nondurables less food........................     16.525    200.543    209.282     8.7     4.4     1.6     1.5     1.7 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     12.923    249.895    262.068    11.4     4.9     1.9     2.0     2.7 
 Nondurables..................................     30.266    212.056    217.791     6.0     2.7     1.1     1.1     1.4 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     28.382    287.547    288.077     2.0     0.2     0.1     0.4     0.2 
 Services less medical care services..........     54.994    251.354    251.834     1.3     0.2     0.0     0.2     0.1 
 Energy.......................................      9.079    226.860    242.516    15.5     6.9     2.1     3.4     3.5 
 All items less energy........................     90.921    222.506    223.315     1.4     0.4     0.2     0.3     0.2 
  All items less food and energy..............     77.179    223.011    223.690     1.2     0.3     0.2     0.2     0.1 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     20.882    143.712    144.632     0.2     0.6     0.2     0.2     0.1 
    Energy commodities........................      5.388    276.485    307.589    27.5    11.2     4.0     4.8     5.5 
   Services less energy services..............     56.297    270.982    271.468     1.6     0.2     0.1     0.2     0.2 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .452     $ .447       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .151     $ .149       -       -       -       -       - 

   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.                                                  
                                               2010      2011      2011      2011                                                  
                                                                                      June    Sep.    Dec.    Mar.    Sep.    Mar. 
                                                                                      2010    2010    2010    2011    2010    2011 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  220.186   221.062   222.270   223.490    -1.4     2.9     3.3     6.1     0.8     4.7 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  221.524   222.602   223.779   225.345     0.8     1.8     1.5     7.1     1.3     4.3 
   Food....................................  221.190   222.314   223.544   225.228     0.8     1.8     1.6     7.5     1.3     4.5 
    Food at home...........................  217.375   218.983   220.800   223.219     0.3     1.4     2.0    11.2     0.8     6.5 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  251.870   253.956   254.037   255.395    -2.0     1.8     1.9     5.7    -0.1     3.8 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  211.984   213.942   216.444   218.803    11.9     3.7     2.9    13.5     7.7     8.1 
     Dairy and related products (1)........  202.056   202.349   203.510   206.161    -1.7     2.2     6.2     8.4     0.2     7.3 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  275.074   278.517   284.574   289.890    -9.5    -2.7     5.4    23.3    -6.1    14.0 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  160.310   162.636   162.958   164.340    -2.4     1.4    -3.1    10.4    -0.5     3.5 
     Other food at home....................  191.289   191.580   192.706   194.602    -0.2     1.2    -0.1     7.1     0.5     3.4 
      Sugar and sweets (1).................  203.098   202.648   204.168   205.505    -0.4     5.6     1.2     4.8     2.6     3.0 
      Fats and oils........................  202.623   206.878   208.833   214.596     2.3     2.0     3.4    25.8     2.2    14.1 
      Other foods..........................  204.090   203.922   204.936   206.493    -0.5     0.3    -0.9     4.8    -0.1     1.9 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  122.419   120.930   121.438   122.665    -2.5     1.8     1.0     0.8    -0.3     0.9 
    Food away from home (1)................  227.722   228.181   228.606   229.282     1.4     2.3     1.1     2.8     1.9     2.0 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  160.681   160.643   161.836   161.886     1.6     2.0     1.5     3.0     1.8     2.3 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  224.494   224.951   225.415   225.409     1.1     2.2     0.8     1.6     1.6     1.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  216.850   216.983   217.561   217.852    -0.3     0.4     1.1     1.9     0.1     1.5 
   Shelter.................................  249.321   249.523   249.867   250.102     0.8     0.4     1.2     1.3     0.6     1.2 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  250.844   251.249   251.607   251.930     0.3     0.8     2.0     1.7     0.6     1.9 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  134.258   132.892   132.915   133.920    20.6    -4.7    -2.8    -1.0     7.2    -1.9 
    Owners' equivalent rent of residences                                                                                          
        (3) (4)............................  257.402   257.659   258.016   258.204     0.2     0.5     1.1     1.3     0.4     1.2 
     Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                            
         residence (3) (4).................  257.394   257.648   258.003   258.196     0.2     0.5     1.1     1.3     0.4     1.2 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  126.194   126.192   126.529   125.863     2.8     4.3    -1.4    -1.0     3.6    -1.2 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  215.738   215.607   218.231   219.480    -4.1     2.3     3.2     7.1    -1.0     5.2 
    Household energy.......................  189.867   189.553   192.096   193.211    -6.4     1.6     2.7     7.2    -2.5     5.0 
     Fuel oil and other fuels (1)..........  298.037   314.130   326.919   341.884   -14.4     0.4    58.0    73.2    -7.3    65.4 
     Energy services (3)...................  192.310   191.114   193.224   193.654    -5.8     1.7    -0.6     2.8    -2.1     1.1 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  174.824   175.400   176.725   177.684     5.1     4.8     5.1     6.7     5.0     5.9 
   Household furnishings and operations....  124.307   124.382   124.493   124.375    -3.2    -1.8    -1.5     0.2    -2.5    -0.6 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  150.648   151.189   151.358   150.541     1.5    -0.6     0.8    -0.3     0.5     0.3 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  119.208   120.456   119.384   118.770     0.8    -1.4    -0.4    -1.5    -0.3    -0.9 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  111.304   112.414   111.408   110.648     6.9    -3.6    -3.3    -2.3     1.5    -2.8 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  106.330   107.957   106.622   105.708    -3.7    -2.1     0.4    -2.3    -2.9    -1.0 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  113.587   111.436   109.634   109.796     1.5    -1.6    -1.6   -12.7    -0.1    -7.3 
   Footwear................................  127.149   128.166   127.691   127.476     2.2     0.1    -3.3     1.0     1.2    -1.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  200.956   203.622   207.433   212.001   -10.3    14.0    15.1    23.9     1.1    19.4 
   Private transportation..................  196.183   198.730   202.446   207.045   -11.6    15.3    15.1    24.1     1.0    19.5 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   97.173    97.000    97.490    98.249     0.7     1.8    -1.8     4.5     1.2     1.3 
     New vehicles..........................  137.923   137.752   139.065   140.078     0.3     1.7    -1.7     6.4     1.0     2.3 
     Used cars and trucks..................  144.058   143.664   143.847   144.958     4.9     4.3    -2.3     2.5     4.6     0.1 
    Motor fuel.............................  267.320   277.665   291.093   307.358   -37.0    54.0    57.0    74.8    -1.5    65.6 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  267.635   277.129   290.027   306.128   -37.9    55.6    59.5    71.2    -1.7    65.2 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  139.223   140.487   140.912   140.686     3.5     3.3     4.2     4.3     3.4     4.2 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair                                                                                           
        (1)................................  250.134   250.726   250.851   250.820     1.6     2.6     1.5     1.1     2.1     1.3 
   Public transportation...................  260.181   264.616   269.625   273.100     8.3    -1.7    15.2    21.4     3.2    18.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  393.537   393.843   395.615   396.364     2.4     3.2     2.3     2.9     2.8     2.6 
   Medical care commodities (1)............  317.199   318.929   321.186   322.691     1.1     1.2     1.8     7.1     1.1     4.4 
   Medical care services...................  417.315   417.004   418.529   418.937     2.9     3.9     2.5     1.6     3.4     2.0 
    Professional services..................  332.107   331.974   333.483   333.993     2.5     3.7     1.9     2.3     3.1     2.1 
    Hospital and related services..........  625.757   624.854   628.137   629.315     5.9     6.5     5.7     2.3     6.2     4.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  112.727   112.939   113.242   113.228     1.0    -1.9    -1.2     1.8    -0.4     0.3 
   Video and audio (2).....................   97.871    97.904    98.395    98.466    -1.3    -3.1    -2.8     2.5    -2.2    -0.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  130.328   130.548   130.759   130.898     1.7     1.1     0.0     1.8     1.4     0.9 
   Education (2)...........................  202.558   203.738   204.456   205.133     4.5     2.2     4.0     5.2     3.4     4.6 
    Educational books and supplies.........  514.054   520.236   519.288   522.344     5.2    -1.6     6.5     6.6     1.7     6.6 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  582.411   585.549   587.834   589.674     4.4     2.5     3.8     5.1     3.5     4.4 
   Communication (2).......................   83.943    83.760    83.746    83.656    -0.8     0.2    -3.6    -1.4    -0.3    -2.5 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (2)................................   80.761    80.399    80.383    80.290    -0.9     0.2    -3.8    -2.3    -0.3    -3.1 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............  101.739   101.412   101.316   101.258     0.0     1.3    -3.4    -1.9     0.7    -2.7 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (5)......................    9.246     9.171     9.189     9.163    -3.4    -2.9    -4.9    -3.5    -3.2    -4.2 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (6)....................   73.943    72.662    72.289    71.142    -6.5     0.9   -11.6   -14.3    -2.9   -13.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  384.680   385.031   385.532   385.215     2.6     3.3     0.8     0.6     2.9     0.7 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  827.680   828.079   829.535   830.693     9.9     9.0     1.9     1.5     9.5     1.7 
   Personal care...........................  207.326   207.547   207.783   207.451     0.2     1.3     0.4     0.2     0.8     0.3 
    Personal care products (1).............  160.656   160.920   161.325   160.981    -5.6     2.3    -0.8     0.8    -1.7     0.0 
    Personal care services (1).............  230.159   229.933   230.177   230.034     3.2     0.2    -0.3    -0.2     1.7    -0.3 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  357.711   358.181   358.894   359.233     1.3     2.4     2.6     1.7     1.9     2.2 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  177.291   178.833   180.549   182.627    -5.2     5.7     6.0    12.6     0.1     9.3 
  Food and beverages.......................  221.524   222.602   223.779   225.345     0.8     1.8     1.5     7.1     1.3     4.3 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  153.502   155.178   157.054   159.267    -8.6     8.1     8.8    15.9    -0.6    12.3 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  197.199   200.839   204.142   207.789   -13.4    14.1    16.5    23.3    -0.6    19.8 
    Apparel................................  119.208   120.456   119.384   118.770     0.8    -1.4    -0.4    -1.5    -0.3    -0.9 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  250.350   255.448   260.797   268.329   -17.7    19.8    22.3    32.0    -0.7    27.1 
   Durables................................  110.632   110.557   111.024   111.490    -0.3     0.3    -3.0     3.1     0.0     0.0 
 Services..................................  262.782   263.034   263.745   264.161     1.2     1.1     1.4     2.1     1.1     1.8 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  260.617   260.471   260.509   260.389     0.5     0.9     2.6    -0.3     0.7     1.1 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   126.194   126.192   126.529   125.863     2.8     4.3    -1.4    -1.0     3.6    -1.2 
  Energy services (3)......................  192.310   191.114   193.224   193.654    -5.8     1.7    -0.6     2.8    -2.1     1.1 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  174.824   175.400   176.725   177.684     5.1     4.8     5.1     6.7     5.0     5.9 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  150.648   151.189   151.358   150.541     1.5    -0.6     0.8    -0.3     0.5     0.3 
  Transportation services..................  263.379   264.832   266.061   267.523     2.7     1.4     4.2     6.4     2.1     5.3 
  Medical care services....................  417.315   417.004   418.529   418.937     2.9     3.9     2.5     1.6     3.4     2.0 
  Other services...........................  311.102   311.610   312.190   312.626     2.8     0.9     0.7     2.0     1.8     1.3 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  220.049   220.885   222.091   223.237    -1.7     3.1     3.5     5.9     0.7     4.7 
 All items less shelter....................  211.276   212.429   213.995   215.619    -2.4     4.1     4.3     8.5     0.8     6.3 
 All items less medical care...............  211.688   212.578   213.755   214.982    -1.6     2.9     3.3     6.4     0.6     4.8 
 Commodities less food.....................  156.060   157.709   159.553   161.713    -8.2     7.9     8.4    15.3    -0.5    11.8 
 Nondurables less food.....................  199.211   202.374   205.455   208.940   -12.7    13.2    16.6    21.0    -0.6    18.8 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  246.849   251.499   256.414   263.245   -16.2    18.1    20.4    29.3    -0.5    24.8 
 Nondurables...............................  210.033   212.320   214.660   217.689    -7.1     7.6     9.6    15.4     0.0    12.4 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  286.792   287.061   288.270   288.851     1.7     1.4     2.2     2.9     1.5     2.5 
 Services less medical care services.......  251.378   251.378   251.810   252.011     1.0     1.0     2.4     1.0     1.0     1.7 
 Energy....................................  225.151   229.915   237.620   245.941   -24.0    26.5    29.8    42.4    -1.9    36.0 
 All items less energy.....................  221.434   221.922   222.483   222.992     1.1     0.9     0.9     2.8     1.0     1.9 
  All items less food and energy...........  222.210   222.587   223.029   223.331     1.2     0.8     0.8     2.0     1.0     1.4 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  143.228   143.571   143.793   143.917    -0.2     0.2    -1.2     1.9     0.0     0.3 
    Energy commodities.....................  270.712   281.416   294.905   311.218   -35.9    50.2    57.0    74.7    -1.8    65.6 
   Services less energy services...........  269.986   270.374   270.955   271.371     1.7     1.0     1.6     2.1     1.3     1.8 

   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.2011 from--   Feb.2011 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Dec.      Jan.      Feb.      Mar.                                      
                                                          2010      2011      2011      2011    Mar.  Jan.  Feb.  Feb.  Dec.  Jan.
                                                                                                2010  2011  2011  2010  2010  2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      219.179   220.223   221.309   223.467   2.7   1.5   1.0   2.1   1.0   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      235.141   235.969   237.110   239.074   2.5   1.3   0.8   2.0   0.8   0.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      236.828   237.564   238.798   240.599   2.4   1.3   0.8   2.0   0.8   0.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      140.351   141.001   141.547   143.001   3.0   1.4   1.0   2.2   0.9   0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      209.270   210.388   211.090   212.954   2.7   1.2   0.9   2.2   0.9   0.3 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      209.936   210.928   211.503   213.449   2.6   1.2   0.9   2.0   0.7   0.3 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      134.267   135.061   135.665   136.834   2.8   1.3   0.9   2.4   1.0   0.4 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      206.136   207.551   208.156   209.713   2.7   1.0   0.7   2.4   1.0   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      212.488   213.589   214.735   217.214   2.8   1.7   1.2   2.2   1.1   0.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      213.850   215.127   216.145   218.391   2.7   1.5   1.0   2.2   1.1   0.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      135.240   135.925   136.625   138.211   2.9   1.7   1.2   2.3   1.0   0.5 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      216.189   216.750   218.772   222.275   3.4   2.5   1.6   2.2   1.2   0.9 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      222.081   223.149   224.431   226.558   2.6   1.5   0.9   1.9   1.1   0.6 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      226.112   227.281   228.444   230.707   2.7   1.5   1.0   2.0   1.0   0.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      134.328   134.917   135.826   137.200   2.5   1.7   1.0   1.7   1.1   0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      200.123   201.059   201.974   203.833   2.6   1.4   0.9   2.0   0.9   0.5 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      135.579   136.260   136.960   138.404   2.8   1.6   1.1   2.2   1.0   0.5 
   D.........................................    M      212.541   213.417   214.862   216.988   2.8   1.7   1.0   2.3   1.1   0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      213.778   215.155   216.192   217.880   2.3   1.3   0.8   1.8   1.1   0.5 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      226.639   228.652   229.729   232.241   3.0   1.6   1.1   2.3   1.4   0.5 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      241.874   242.639   243.832   245.617   2.3   1.2   0.7   2.1   0.8   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1            -   239.814         -   242.787   2.0   1.2     -     -     -     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1            -   207.587         -   209.372   2.8   0.9     -     -     -     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1            -   203.199         -   206.967   2.5   1.9     -     -     -     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1            -   144.327         -   146.044   3.0   1.2     -     -     -     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2      202.519         -   205.744         -     -     -     -   1.5   1.6     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2      206.384         -   206.816         -     -     -     -   1.7   0.2     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2      194.479         -   197.224         -     -     -     -   2.5   1.4     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2      224.907         -   227.451         -     -     -     -   2.2   1.1     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2      228.017         -   230.878         -     -     -     -   1.9   1.3     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2      227.658         -   229.981         -     -     -     -   1.7   1.0     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2      226.862         -   229.482         -     -     -     -   1.5   1.2     - 

   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. 2011    percent change from- 
                     CPI-W                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2010       Feb.       Mar.                      Dec.    Jan.    Feb. 
                                                              2011       2011      Mar.    Feb.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2010    2011    Jan.    Feb.    Mar. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    217.535    220.024     3.0     1.1     0.5     0.6     0.6 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    647.969    655.385       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     16.401    223.273    224.825     2.9     0.7     0.5     0.5     0.7 
   Food.......................................     15.315    222.942    224.577     3.0     0.7     0.5     0.6     0.8 
    Food at home..............................      8.906    220.110    222.391     3.8     1.0     0.8     0.9     1.1 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.236    254.963    256.227     1.9     0.5     0.7     0.1     0.6 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      2.227    216.062    218.848     8.1     1.3     0.9     1.2     1.2 
     Dairy and related products (1)...........       .917    202.335    205.163     3.9     1.4     0.1     0.6     1.4 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.219    284.132    288.168     3.9     1.4     1.2     2.4     2.0 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................      1.091    163.262    164.583     1.3     0.8     1.5     0.1     0.9 
     Other food at home.......................      2.217    192.187    193.787     1.9     0.8     0.3     0.6     0.9 
      Sugar and sweets (1)....................       .324    203.373    204.408     2.9     0.5    -0.2     0.8     0.5 
      Fats and oils...........................       .258    210.741    214.457     7.9     1.8     2.1     1.0     2.6 
      Other foods.............................      1.635    205.098    206.624     0.8     0.7     0.1     0.5     0.7 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .463    121.605    122.850     0.3     1.0    -0.9     0.4     1.0 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.409    228.596    229.293     1.9     0.3     0.2     0.1     0.3 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .326    162.728    162.850     2.4     0.1     0.0     0.7     0.1 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.086    226.675    227.022     1.6     0.2     0.1     0.2     0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     39.228    213.931    214.323     0.8     0.2     0.1     0.3     0.1 
   Shelter....................................     29.811    243.961    244.270     0.9     0.1     0.1     0.2     0.1 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      8.396    250.128    250.445     1.2     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.1 
    Lodging away from home (2)................       .436    133.181    138.131     2.6     3.7    -1.3     0.2     0.8 
    Owners' equivalent rent of residences (3)                                                                           
        (4)...................................     20.672    233.872    234.018     0.8     0.1     0.1     0.2     0.1 
     Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                 
         residence (3) (4)....................     19.942    233.870    234.015     0.8     0.1     0.1     0.2     0.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .306    128.035    126.914     1.2    -0.9     0.0     0.3    -0.9 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.633    213.775    214.774     1.9     0.5     0.0     1.0     0.5 
    Household energy..........................      4.476    186.578    187.561     1.1     0.5     0.0     1.1     0.5 
     Fuel oil and other fuels (1).............       .301    326.950    341.440    22.2     4.4     5.3     3.7     4.4 
     Energy services (3)......................      4.175    188.567    188.985    -0.3     0.2    -0.4     0.9     0.2 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................      1.157    177.594    178.016     5.2     0.2     0.3     0.7     0.5 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      3.784    120.518    120.765    -1.7     0.2     0.1     0.0     0.0 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .364    153.703    152.965     0.6    -0.5     0.3     0.1    -0.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.668    117.507    120.091    -1.0     2.2     1.0    -0.7    -0.6 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................       .921    111.528    112.360    -0.6     0.7     1.3    -0.8    -1.2 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.502    104.611    108.551    -2.1     3.8     1.5    -1.0    -1.0 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .280    112.814    114.446    -4.3     1.4    -2.1    -1.7     0.1 
   Footwear...................................       .750    126.363    128.077    -0.1     1.4     0.9    -0.2     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     19.418    202.910    211.774    10.7     4.4     1.4     2.0     2.4 
   Private transportation.....................     18.631    199.417    208.361    10.7     4.5     1.4     2.0     2.5 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      6.914     96.734     97.405     1.6     0.7    -0.2     0.5     0.8 
     New vehicles.............................      3.320    141.114    141.899     1.6     0.6    -0.2     1.0     0.8 
     Used cars and trucks.....................      3.003    143.868    145.014     2.4     0.8    -0.3     0.1     0.8 
    Motor fuel................................      6.470    273.013    305.066    27.8    11.7     3.9     4.8     5.6 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      6.193    272.117    304.224    27.5    11.8     3.5     4.7     5.6 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .479    140.763    140.693     3.8     0.0     0.8     0.3     0.0 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair (1)..      1.184    253.524    253.391     1.7    -0.1     0.2     0.1    -0.1 
   Public transportation......................       .787    262.444    266.726     9.8     1.6     1.5     2.0     1.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      5.355    398.908    399.516     2.9     0.2     0.1     0.5     0.2 
   Medical care commodities (1)...............      1.318    312.764    314.190     2.8     0.5     0.5     0.7     0.5 
   Medical care services......................      4.038    424.289    424.516     2.9     0.1    -0.1     0.4     0.1 
    Professional services.....................      2.220    337.901    338.225     2.7     0.1     0.1     0.4     0.1 
    Hospital and related services.............      1.414    636.256    637.216     5.5     0.2    -0.1     0.6     0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.862    109.693    109.848    -0.2     0.1     0.4     0.4     0.1 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.959     98.897     99.398    -1.1     0.5     0.1     0.5     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.118    125.069    125.047     0.5     0.0     0.0     0.1     0.1 
   Education (2)..............................      2.380    201.500    201.588     3.9     0.0     0.6     0.3     0.3 
    Educational books and supplies............       .199    526.197    527.623     4.3     0.3     1.6     0.1     0.4 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.181    566.205    566.335     3.9     0.0     0.5     0.3     0.3 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.738     86.174     86.124    -1.6    -0.1    -0.4     0.0    -0.1 
    Information and information processing (2)      3.605     83.844     83.793    -1.8    -0.1    -0.5    -0.1    -0.1 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.823    100.768    100.701    -1.3    -0.1    -0.4    -0.1    -0.1 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (5).........................       .782      9.734      9.729    -3.7    -0.1    -0.8     0.2    -0.2 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (6).......................       .208     72.138     71.404    -9.0    -1.0    -1.8    -0.5    -1.8 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.950    415.088    415.318     2.4     0.1     0.1     0.2    -0.1 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........      1.450    834.343    835.368     5.4     0.1     0.0     0.2     0.1 
   Personal care..............................      2.500    205.705    205.738     0.7     0.0     0.1     0.2    -0.2 
    Personal care products (1)................       .717    161.974    161.667    -0.5    -0.2     0.2     0.3    -0.2 
    Personal care services (1)................       .572    230.418    230.252     0.8    -0.1    -0.1     0.1    -0.1 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........      1.027    360.528    360.881     2.0     0.1     0.2     0.2     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     43.898    182.442    186.832     5.2     2.4     0.9     1.1     1.3 
  Food and beverages..........................     16.401    223.273    224.825     2.9     0.7     0.5     0.5     0.7 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     27.497    160.171    165.647     6.6     3.4     1.2     1.4     1.6 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     17.244    209.079    219.775    10.4     5.1     1.8     1.8     2.1 
    Apparel...................................      3.668    117.507    120.091    -1.0     2.2     1.0    -0.7    -0.6 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     13.576    270.459    286.361    13.7     5.9     2.2     2.0     3.4 
   Durables...................................     10.253    112.498    113.063     0.4     0.5     0.0     0.5     0.5 
 Services.....................................     56.102    258.732    259.108     1.4     0.1     0.1     0.3     0.1 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     29.504    235.090    235.413     0.9     0.1     0.1     0.1     0.0 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .306    128.035    126.914     1.2    -0.9     0.0     0.3    -0.9 
  Energy services (3).........................      4.175    188.567    188.985    -0.3     0.2    -0.4     0.9     0.2 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................      1.157    177.594    178.016     5.2     0.2     0.3     0.7     0.5 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .364    153.703    152.965     0.6    -0.5     0.3     0.1    -0.5 
  Transportation services.....................      5.994    265.521    266.383     3.4     0.3     0.4     0.5     0.4 
  Medical care services.......................      4.038    424.289    424.516     2.9     0.1    -0.1     0.4     0.1 
  Other services..............................     10.563    297.671    298.010     1.2     0.1     0.1     0.2     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     84.685    216.389    219.027     3.1     1.2     0.4     0.6     0.6 
 All items less shelter.......................     70.189    210.242    213.549     3.9     1.6     0.6     0.8     0.9 
 All items less medical care..................     94.645    210.198    212.722     3.1     1.2     0.5     0.6     0.7 
 Commodities less food........................     28.583    162.470    167.826     6.4     3.3     1.2     1.3     1.6 
 Nondurables less food........................     18.329    210.278    220.431     9.8     4.8     1.7     1.7     2.0 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     14.662    265.539    280.056    12.8     5.5     2.0     1.9     3.2 
 Nondurables..................................     33.644    216.941    223.402     6.7     3.0     1.2     1.2     1.6 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     26.598    253.664    254.057     1.8     0.2     0.1     0.4     0.2 
 Services less medical care services..........     52.065    247.244    247.622     1.2     0.2     0.1     0.2     0.1 
 Energy.......................................     10.946    228.160    244.773    16.3     7.3     2.3     3.4     3.7 
 All items less energy........................     89.054    217.222    218.011     1.5     0.4     0.2     0.3     0.2 
  All items less food and energy..............     73.739    216.448    217.067     1.2     0.3     0.2     0.2     0.1 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     21.812    145.909    146.835     0.4     0.6     0.2     0.2     0.1 
    Energy commodities........................      6.771    276.539    308.083    27.5    11.4     4.0     4.8     5.6 
   Services less energy services..............     51.927    266.394    266.766     1.5     0.1     0.1     0.2     0.1 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .460     $ .454       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .154     $ .153       -       -       -       -       - 

   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.                                                  
                                               2010      2011      2011      2011                                                  
                                                                                      June    Sep.    Dec.    Mar.    Sep.    Mar. 
                                                                                      2010    2010    2010    2011    2010    2011 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  216.367   217.344   218.702   220.122    -2.0     3.6     3.8     7.1     0.7     5.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  220.782   221.853   223.029   224.691     0.8     2.0     1.6     7.3     1.4     4.4 
   Food....................................  220.351   221.486   222.716   224.464     0.8     1.9     1.7     7.7     1.4     4.6 
    Food at home...........................  216.235   217.871   219.728   222.200     0.4     1.6     2.0    11.5     1.0     6.7 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  252.705   254.540   254.751   256.158    -2.2     2.1     2.2     5.6    -0.1     3.9 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  211.826   213.732   216.300   218.838    11.9     3.9     2.9    13.9     7.9     8.3 
     Dairy and related products (1)........  200.958   201.170   202.335   205.163    -1.4     2.4     6.5     8.6     0.4     7.6 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  272.546   275.896   282.396   288.166   -10.3    -2.2     6.0    25.0    -6.3    15.1 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  159.802   162.150   162.352   163.753    -2.7     1.2    -3.1    10.3    -0.8     3.4 
     Other food at home....................  190.252   190.804   191.912   193.640    -0.4     1.0    -0.3     7.3     0.3     3.5 
      Sugar and sweets (1).................  202.206   201.824   203.373   204.408    -0.3     4.9     2.5     4.4     2.3     3.4 
      Fats and oils........................  202.870   207.171   209.238   214.678     2.4     2.1     3.3    25.4     2.3    13.8 
      Other foods..........................  203.773   203.965   204.938   206.374    -0.8     0.1    -1.3     5.2    -0.4     1.9 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  122.267   121.161   121.605   122.850    -2.3     1.1     0.3     1.9    -0.6     1.1 
    Food away from home (1)................  227.871   228.279   228.596   229.293     1.4     2.4     1.2     2.5     1.9     1.9 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  161.657   161.635   162.728   162.850     1.5     2.9     2.3     3.0     2.2     2.6 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  225.647   225.786   226.181   226.591     1.5     2.7     0.5     1.7     2.1     1.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  213.535   213.712   214.274   214.579    -0.5     0.5     1.3     2.0     0.0     1.6 
   Shelter.................................  243.290   243.522   243.891   244.098     0.5     0.5     1.4     1.3     0.5     1.4 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  249.110   249.556   249.881   250.220     0.2     0.6     2.1     1.8     0.4     1.9 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  135.916   134.166   134.483   135.526    20.8    -6.3    -1.0    -1.1     6.4    -1.1 
    Owners' equivalent rent of residences                                                                                          
        (3) (4)............................  233.235   233.453   233.818   233.967     0.2     0.5     1.2     1.3     0.4     1.2 
     Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                            
         residence (3) (4).................  233.235   233.452   233.819   233.963     0.2     0.5     1.2     1.3     0.4     1.2 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  127.674   127.690   128.035   126.914     3.1     4.4    -0.1    -2.4     3.8    -1.3 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  214.276   214.330   216.540   217.690    -3.7     2.3     2.7     6.5    -0.7     4.6 
    Household energy.......................  187.766   187.675   189.762   190.781    -5.7     1.8     2.2     6.6    -2.1     4.3 
     Fuel oil and other fuels (1)..........  299.558   315.348   326.950   341.440   -15.7    -0.6    57.8    68.8    -8.5    63.2 
     Energy services (3)...................  191.094   190.284   192.035   192.493    -5.1     1.9    -0.8     3.0    -1.6     1.1 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  175.249   175.803   177.057   177.954     5.0     4.5     5.0     6.3     4.7     5.6 
   Household furnishings and operations....  120.388   120.479   120.458   120.458    -3.5    -2.2    -1.3     0.2    -2.9    -0.5 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  153.116   153.583   153.703   152.965     3.1    -1.0     0.7    -0.4     1.0     0.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  118.126   119.268   118.404   117.667     0.7    -2.3    -0.9    -1.5    -0.8    -1.2 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  111.303   112.711   111.786   110.496     7.8    -4.4    -2.4    -2.9     1.5    -2.6 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  105.468   107.067   106.045   104.954    -4.1    -1.8    -0.6    -1.9    -2.9    -1.3 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  116.916   114.477   112.572   112.693     0.2    -4.9     1.7   -13.7    -2.4    -6.3 
   Footwear................................  126.296   127.404   127.194   127.212     1.9    -1.3    -3.6     2.9     0.3    -0.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  200.880   203.697   207.843   212.833   -11.9    16.2    16.7    26.0     1.2    21.3 
   Private transportation..................  197.516   200.277   204.353   209.373   -12.6    17.0    16.8    26.3     1.1    21.5 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   96.431    96.217    96.700    97.462     1.6     2.1    -1.6     4.3     1.8     1.3 
     New vehicles..........................  138.950   138.691   140.067   141.132     0.4     1.2    -1.4     6.4     0.8     2.4 
     Used cars and trucks..................  145.000   144.598   144.792   145.911     4.8     4.4    -2.1     2.5     4.6     0.2 
    Motor fuel.............................  268.361   278.809   292.327   308.827   -37.2    54.2    57.0    75.4    -1.6    65.9 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  268.977   278.404   291.392   307.739   -38.0    55.6    60.0    71.3    -1.8    65.6 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  139.150   140.289   140.763   140.693     3.4     3.0     4.2     4.5     3.2     4.4 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair                                                                                           
        (1)................................  252.759   253.310   253.524   253.391     1.6     2.9     1.3     1.0     2.3     1.2 
   Public transportation...................  256.908   260.787   266.108   268.996     7.0    -0.7    13.8    20.2     3.1    17.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  395.218   395.575   397.444   398.099     2.6     3.3     2.6     2.9     3.0     2.8 
   Medical care commodities (1)............  308.823   310.488   312.764   314.190     1.2     1.2     2.0     7.1     1.2     4.5 
   Medical care services...................  420.827   420.595   422.224   422.517     3.1     4.0     2.8     1.6     3.6     2.2 
    Professional services..................  335.472   335.757   337.029   337.449     3.0     3.6     1.9     2.4     3.3     2.2 
    Hospital and related services..........  628.241   627.317   630.894   632.454     5.8     6.9     6.5     2.7     6.4     4.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  108.943   109.345   109.742   109.798     0.3    -2.0    -2.2     3.2    -0.9     0.4 
   Video and audio (2).....................   98.429    98.510    99.020    99.167    -2.0    -2.8    -2.7     3.0    -2.4     0.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  124.955   124.959   125.081   125.167     1.2     1.0    -0.9     0.7     1.1    -0.1 
   Education (2)...........................  199.846   200.978   201.628   202.290     4.5     2.1     4.1     5.0     3.3     4.5 
    Educational books and supplies.........  516.326   524.385   524.817   526.817     4.5    -1.0     5.7     8.4     1.7     7.0 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  562.114   564.783   566.738   568.569     4.5     2.4     4.0     4.7     3.5     4.3 
   Communication (2).......................   86.499    86.192    86.152    86.067    -0.7     0.3    -4.0    -2.0    -0.2    -3.0 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (2)................................   84.299    83.864    83.822    83.735    -0.8     0.3    -4.2    -2.6    -0.2    -3.4 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............  101.327   100.882   100.768   100.701    -0.1     1.2    -3.8    -2.4     0.5    -3.1 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (5)......................    9.782     9.704     9.722     9.699    -3.1    -2.8    -5.3    -3.4    -3.0    -4.3 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (6)....................   73.494    72.178    71.808    70.542    -8.1     0.5   -12.6   -15.1    -3.9   -13.9 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  414.260   414.533   415.238   414.916     3.3     4.4     1.2     0.6     3.9     0.9 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  832.741   832.904   834.343   835.368     9.9     8.9     1.9     1.3     9.4     1.6 
   Personal care...........................  205.285   205.476   205.822   205.424    -0.2     2.0     0.8     0.3     0.9     0.6 
    Personal care products (1).............  161.217   161.462   161.974   161.667    -6.1     3.1     0.2     1.1    -1.6     0.7 
    Personal care services (1).............  230.332   230.140   230.418   230.252     3.5     0.3    -0.5    -0.1     1.9    -0.3 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  359.558   360.275   360.922   360.899     0.9     2.8     3.0     1.5     1.8     2.3 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  180.813   182.495   184.454   186.856    -5.8     6.8     7.0    14.1     0.3    10.5 
  Food and beverages.......................  220.782   221.853   223.029   224.691     0.8     2.0     1.6     7.3     1.4     4.4 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  158.952   160.848   163.087   165.737    -9.7     9.9    10.3    18.2    -0.4    14.2 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  207.594   211.319   215.122   219.564   -14.6    15.3    20.3    25.1    -0.7    22.7 
    Apparel................................  118.126   119.268   118.404   117.667     0.7    -2.3    -0.9    -1.5    -0.8    -1.2 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  267.257   273.060   278.583   287.991   -19.5    22.8    25.2    34.8    -0.6    29.9 
   Durables................................  111.888   111.840   112.365   112.981     0.7     0.3    -3.2     4.0     0.5     0.3 
 Services..................................  258.034   258.262   258.975   259.346     0.9     1.1     1.3     2.0     1.0     1.7 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  234.729   234.950   235.112   235.189     0.2     0.8     1.9     0.8     0.5     1.4 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   127.674   127.690   128.035   126.914     3.1     4.4    -0.1    -2.4     3.8    -1.3 
  Energy services (3)......................  191.094   190.284   192.035   192.493    -5.1     1.9    -0.8     3.0    -1.6     1.1 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  175.249   175.803   177.057   177.954     5.0     4.5     5.0     6.3     4.7     5.6 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  153.116   153.583   153.703   152.965     3.1    -1.0     0.7    -0.4     1.0     0.1 
  Transportation services..................  263.406   264.463   265.678   266.766     2.7     2.2     3.3     5.2     2.5     4.3 
  Medical care services....................  420.827   420.595   422.224   422.517     3.1     4.0     2.8     1.6     3.6     2.2 
  Other services...........................  296.889   297.247   297.790   298.163     2.3     0.7     0.0     1.7     1.5     0.9 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  215.473   216.422   217.800   219.161    -2.5     3.9     4.2     7.0     0.6     5.6 
 All items less shelter....................  208.883   210.141   211.871   213.745    -3.1     4.9     4.8     9.6     0.8     7.2 
 All items less medical care...............  209.116   210.104   211.434   212.864    -2.3     3.6     3.9     7.4     0.6     5.6 
 Commodities less food.....................  161.252   163.108   165.304   167.903    -9.2     9.6     9.9    17.5    -0.3    13.7 
 Nondurables less food.....................  208.830   212.360   215.973   220.224   -13.8    14.7    19.1    23.7    -0.6    21.4 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  262.540   267.850   272.891   281.517   -18.0    21.1    23.2    32.2    -0.4    27.6 
 Nondurables...............................  214.836   217.332   219.926   223.418    -7.9     8.5    10.9    17.0     0.0    13.9 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  253.116   253.273   254.399   254.803     1.4     1.5     1.8     2.7     1.4     2.2 
 Services less medical care services.......  246.935   247.082   247.660   247.897     0.8     0.9     1.7     1.6     0.8     1.6 
 Energy....................................  226.396   231.611   239.431   248.232   -24.9    28.3    31.3    44.5    -1.8    37.8 
 All items less energy.....................  216.122   216.590   217.170   217.702     1.0     1.1     0.8     3.0     1.1     1.9 
  All items less food and energy...........  215.648   215.982   216.431   216.717     1.1     0.9     0.7     2.0     1.0     1.3 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  145.475   145.784   146.034   146.215     0.3     0.4    -1.3     2.1     0.4     0.4 
    Energy commodities.....................  270.984   281.694   295.209   311.719   -36.4    51.2    57.0    75.1    -1.9    65.8 
   Services less energy services...........  265.330   265.675   266.270   266.630     1.4     1.1     1.5     2.0     1.3     1.7 

   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.2011 from--   Feb.2011 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Dec.      Jan.      Feb.      Mar.                                      
                                                          2010      2011      2011      2011    Mar.  Jan.  Feb.  Feb.  Dec.  Jan.
                                                                                                2010  2011  2011  2010  2010  2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      215.262   216.400   217.535   220.024   3.0   1.7   1.1   2.3   1.1   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      233.082   233.914   235.109   237.377   2.9   1.5   1.0   2.3   0.9   0.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      233.092   233.851   235.230   237.239   2.8   1.4   0.9   2.2   0.9   0.6 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      141.598   142.196   142.691   144.395   3.2   1.5   1.2   2.4   0.8   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      205.024   206.258   206.981   209.094   3.0   1.4   1.0   2.4   1.0   0.4 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      204.731   205.878   206.516   208.740   3.0   1.4   1.1   2.4   0.9   0.3 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      134.454   135.277   135.841   137.189   3.0   1.4   1.0   2.5   1.0   0.4 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      204.132   205.648   206.306   208.108   3.0   1.2   0.9   2.6   1.1   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      209.994   211.216   212.416   215.272   3.2   1.9   1.3   2.5   1.2   0.6 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      211.712   213.058   214.129   216.680   2.9   1.7   1.2   2.3   1.1   0.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      134.405   135.207   135.919   137.789   3.3   1.9   1.4   2.6   1.1   0.5 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      216.477   217.200   219.352   223.059   3.6   2.7   1.7   2.4   1.3   1.0 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      216.847   217.995   219.368   221.830   3.0   1.8   1.1   2.2   1.2   0.6 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      219.273   220.564   221.848   224.576   3.2   1.8   1.2   2.3   1.2   0.6 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      134.306   134.900   135.845   137.331   2.7   1.8   1.1   1.9   1.1   0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      198.979   200.022   201.033   203.220   3.0   1.6   1.1   2.3   1.0   0.5 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      135.379   136.112   136.808   138.471   3.1   1.7   1.2   2.4   1.1   0.5 
   D.........................................    M      210.959   212.005   213.495   215.928   3.2   1.9   1.1   2.5   1.2   0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      207.479   209.016   210.106   212.256   2.8   1.6   1.0   2.2   1.3   0.5 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      219.619   221.540   222.814   225.770   3.5   1.9   1.3   2.6   1.5   0.6 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      237.575   238.396   239.750   241.667   2.7   1.4   0.8   2.4   0.9   0.6 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1            -   240.540         -   244.324   2.5   1.6     -     -     -     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1            -   199.568         -   201.146   3.2   0.8     -     -     -     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1            -   206.954         -   211.227   2.9   2.1     -     -     -     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1            -   144.556         -   146.572   3.4   1.4     -     -     -     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2      201.390         -   204.611         -     -     -     -   1.6   1.6     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2      202.280         -   202.849         -     -     -     -   2.0   0.3     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2      192.863         -   195.677         -     -     -     -   2.8   1.5     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2      222.510         -   225.346         -     -     -     -   1.9   1.3     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2      228.072         -   231.306         -     -     -     -   2.1   1.4     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2      224.152         -   226.638         -     -     -     -   2.1   1.1     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2      222.853         -   225.790         -     -     -     -   2.1   1.3     - 

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


 Table 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. 2011 from-  
                    C-CPI-U                     December                                          
                                                2007-2008                                         
                                                              Feb.      Mar.      Mar.      Feb.  
                                                              2011      2011      2010      2011  
                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                  
             Expenditure category                                                                 
                                                                                                  
 All items (1)................................    100.000   127.429   128.618       2.5       0.9 
                                                                                                  
  Food and beverages..........................     14.519   130.402   131.225       2.7       0.6 
   Food.......................................     13.493   130.479   131.371       2.8       0.7 
    Food at home..............................      7.780   125.939   127.156       3.5       1.0 
    Food away from home.......................      5.712   136.726   137.136       1.9       0.3 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.027   130.092   130.010       1.4      -0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Housing.....................................     42.074   128.726   128.982       0.6       0.2 
   Shelter....................................     32.119   131.927   132.169       0.9       0.2 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.231   158.474   159.059       1.5       0.4 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.724    92.354    92.462      -2.0       0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Apparel.....................................      3.772    88.737    90.915      -1.0       2.5 
                                                                                                  
  Transportation (2)..........................     17.199  R136.824   142.121       9.9       3.9 
   Private transportation.....................     16.013   137.364   142.885       9.9       4.0 
   Public transportation (3)..................      1.186  R129.878   132.342      10.4       1.9 
                                                                                                  
  Medical care................................      6.294   153.610   153.840       2.5       0.1 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.570   135.298   135.901       2.6       0.4 
   Medical care services......................      4.723   160.337   160.419       2.5       0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Recreation..................................      6.625   102.486   102.508      -0.9       0.0 
                                                                                                  
  Education and communication.................      6.288   112.737   112.691       0.6       0.0 
   Education..................................      2.804   188.346   188.438       3.8       0.0 
   Communication..............................      3.484    71.813    71.732      -1.8      -0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Other goods and services....................      3.229   140.344   140.404       1.5       0.0 
                                                                                                  
          Commodity and service group                                                             
                                                                                                  
 Services (4).................................     59.383  R136.560   136.799       1.3       0.2 
 Commodities..................................     40.617   116.442   118.832       4.2       2.1 
  Durables....................................     10.376    80.543    80.840      -0.7       0.4 
 Nondurables..................................     30.241   135.157   138.722       5.9       2.6 
  All items less food and energy (5)..........     76.901  R120.721   121.086       0.9       0.3 
 Energy.......................................      9.606   193.273   205.843      14.9       6.5 

   1 Revised index: Jan. 2011=126.811.
   2 Revised index: Jan. 2011=135.346.
   3 Revised index: Jan. 2011=127.460.
   4 Revised index: Jan. 2011=136.170.
   5 Revised index: Jan. 2011=120.281.
   R Revised.
 Indexes for 2011 are initial estimates.  Indexes for 2010 are interim adjustments.
 NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.

Last Modified Date: April 15, 2011
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