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                     CONSUMER PRICE INDEX:  JULY 2008
 
      The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased
 0.5 percent in July, before seasonal adjustment, the Bureau of Labor
 Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.  The July level
 of 219.964 (1982-84=100) was 5.6 percent higher than in July 2007.
      
      The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
 (CPI-W) increased 0.5 percent in July, prior to seasonal adjustment.  The
 July level of 216.304 (1982-84=100) was 6.2 percent higher than in July
 2007.
      
      The Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U)
 increased 0.4 percent in July on a not seasonally adjusted basis.  The
 July level of 126.116 (December 1999=100) was 4.8 percent higher than in
 July 2007.  Please note that the indexes for the post-2006 period are
 subject to revision.
 
 CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
      
      On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI-U advanced 0.8 percent in
 July, following a 1.1 percent increase in June.  The index for energy rose
 sharply for the third straight month, increasing 4.0 percent in July and
 accounting for about half of the overall increase in the all items index.
 The food index rose 0.9 percent in July after rising 0.8 percent in June.
 The index for food at home rose 1.2 percent in July after rising 1.0
 percent in June.  Indexes for five of the six major grocery store food
 groups rose at least 1.0 percent.  The index for all items less food and
 energy increased 0.3 percent in July, the second straight such increase.
 The indexes for apparel and for recreation increased more sharply than in
 June, but the indexes for shelter and medical care rose more slowly.

 Table A. Percent changes in CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                  Seasonally adjusted                      
                                                                           
                                                                           
     Expenditure                                         Compound          
      Category          Changes from preceding month      annual     Un-   
                                                           rate    adjusted
                                                          3-mos.   12-mos. 
                     Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr.  May June July   ended     ended  
                     2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 July 2008 July 2008
                                                                                                                            
 All items..........   .4   .0   .3   .2   .6  1.1   .8      10.6       5.6
  Food and beverages   .7   .4   .2   .9   .3   .7   .9       8.0       5.8
  Housing...........   .2   .2   .4   .3   .5   .5   .6       6.5       3.9
  Apparel...........   .4  -.3 -1.3   .5  -.3   .1  1.2       4.2        .8
  Transportation....   .5  -.7   .7  -.7  2.0  3.8  1.7      34.3      13.4
  Medical care......   .5   .1   .1   .2   .2   .2   .1       1.8       3.5
  Recreation........   .2   .1   .3  -.1   .1   .1   .4       2.4       1.7
  Education and                                                            
     communication..   .4   .1   .3   .4   .4   .5   .5       5.5       3.7
  Other goods and                                                          
     services.......   .4   .2   .4   .5   .4   .4   .4       4.6       4.0
 Special indexes:                                                          
  Energy............   .7  -.5  1.9   .0  4.4  6.6  4.0      79.4      29.3
  Food..............   .7   .4   .2   .9   .3   .8   .9       8.4       6.0
  All items less                                                           
     food and energy   .3   .0   .2   .1   .2   .3   .3       3.5       2.5    
     
      During the first seven months of 2008, the CPI-U rose at a 6.2
 percent seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR).  This compares with a
 4.1 percent increase for the 12 months ending December 2007.  The energy
 index rose at a 33.1 percent SAAR in the first seven months of 2008 after
 increasing 17.4 percent in 2007.  Gasoline prices increased at a 35.2
 percent SAAR in 2008 after a 29.6 percent increase in 2007, while natural
 gas prices rose at a 71.3 percent SAAR after decreasing 0.4 percent in
 2007.  The food index has increased at a 7.6 SAAR for the first seven
 months of 2008 after increasing 4.9 percent in 2007.  Excluding food and
 energy, the CPI-U has advanced at a 2.5 percent SAAR following a 2.4
 percent increase in 2007.
      
      The food and beverages index rose 0.9 percent in July.  The index for
 food at home increased 1.2 percent, following a 1.0 percent rise in June.
 Five of the six major grocery store food group indexes increased at least
 1.0 percent in July.  The index for cereal and bakery products increased
 1.8 percent in July and is 12.1 percent higher than in July 2007, while
 the fruits and vegetables index rose 1.2 percent in July and is 10.1
 percent higher than a year ago.  Within the fruits and vegetables group,
 the fresh fruits index was virtually unchanged in July, while the index
 for fresh vegetables rose 2.9 percent.  The index for meats, poultry,
 fish, and eggs rose 1.0 percent in July after a 0.8 percent increase in
 June.  The index for dairy and related products increased 1.6 percent in
 July, with the index for milk increasing 4.3 percent.  The index for other
 food at home rose 1.0 percent in July after a 0.4 percent increase in
 June.  The index for nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials
 increased 0.7 percent in July.  The other two components of the food and
 beverages index-food away from home and alcoholic beverages-increased 0.6
 and 0.4 percent respectively.
      
      The index for housing rose 0.6 percent in July after increasing 0.5
 percent the previous month.  The index for shelter increased 0.2 percent
 after a 0.3 percent increase in June.  Within shelter, the indexes for
 rent and owners' equivalent rent increased 0.3 and 0.1 percent,
 respectively, while the index for lodging away from home increased 0.7
 percent for the second straight month.  The index for household energy
 rose 3.8 percent in July to a level 18.2 percent higher than in July 2007.
 The index for natural gas increased 7.4 percent in July.  It was the sixth
 straight large increase and the index is up 32.7 percent since July 2007.
 The index for electricity increased 2.5 percent in July after declining
 0.1 percent in June.  The index for household furnishings and operations
 increased 0.4 percent in July after being virtually unchanged in June.
      
      The transportation index advanced 1.7 percent in July, the third
 straight substantial increase.  The index for gasoline increased 4.1
 percent and accounted for over 80 percent of the increase in this group.
 (Prior to seasonal adjustment, gasoline prices increased 0.7 percent over
 their previous peak in June and are 37.9 percent higher than in July
 2007.)   The index for new vehicles increased 0.2 percent in July while
 the index for used cars and trucks declined 0.1 percent.  During the last
 12 months, new vehicle prices have declined 0.8 percent and prices for
 used cars and trucks have fallen 0.1 percent.  The index for public
 transportation increased 1.1 percent in July, mostly due to a 1.3 percent
 increase in the index for airline fares.  (Prior to seasonal adjustment,
 airline fares increased 2.1 percent in July and are 19.9 percent higher
 than in July 2007.)
      
      The index for apparel rose 1.2 percent in July following a 0.1
 percent increase in June.  (Prior to seasonal adjustment, apparel prices
 declined 2.3 percent in July.)  Apparel prices have increased 0.8 percent
 since July 2007.
      
      Medical care prices rose 0.1 percent in July after rising 0.2 percent
 in June and are 3.5 percent higher than a year ago.  The index for medical
 care commodities--prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and medical
 supplies-decreased 0.2 percent in July after a 0.1 percent increase in
 June.  The index for medical care services increased 0.2 percent in July.
 The indexes for professional services and for hospital and related
 services increased 0.2 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively.
      
      The index for recreation increased 0.4 percent in July, following a
 0.1 percent increase in June.  Increases in the indexes for pets and pet
 products and services, for sporting goods, and for admissions, more than
 offset declines in the indexes for photography and for toys.  The index
 for video and audio was virtually unchanged in July.
      
      The index for education and communication increased 0.5 percent in
 July, with both the education and communication components increasing 0.5
 percent.  Within the latter category, the indexes for information and
 information processing increased 0.6 percent, reflecting a 0.7 percent
 increase in the index for telephone services.  The index for information
 technology, hardware and services rose 0.2 percent in July after declining
 for four months in a row.
      
      The index for other goods and services increased 0.4 percent in July,
 the third consecutive such increase.    The index for tobacco and smoking
 products rose 1.2 percent and the index for personal care increased 0.1
 percent.
      
      
 CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W)
 
      On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and
 Clerical Workers increased 0.9 percent in July.
     
 Table B. Percent changes in CPI for Urban Wage Earners and 
          Clerical Workers (CPI-W)
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                  Seasonally adjusted                      
                                                                           
                                                                           
     Expenditure                                         Compound          
      Category          Changes from preceding month      annual     Un-   
                                                           rate    adjusted
                                                          3-mos.   12-mos. 
                     Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr.  May June July   ended     ended  
                     2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 July 2008 July 2008
                                                                                                                             
 All items..........   .4   .0   .4   .2   .7  1.2   .9      11.9       6.2
  Food and beverages   .7   .3   .2   .9   .3   .8   .9       8.2       5.8
  Housing...........   .2   .2   .5   .4   .5   .5   .7       6.9       4.3
  Apparel...........   .8  -.3 -1.2   .2  -.2   .0   .8       2.7        .7
  Transportation....   .7  -.7   .7  -.7  2.1  4.0  1.8      36.7      14.4
  Medical care......   .6   .1   .1   .2   .1   .2   .1       1.7       3.6
  Recreation........   .2   .1   .3  -.2   .0   .2   .4       2.4       1.7
  Education and                                                            
     communication..   .3   .1   .2   .4   .3   .5   .5       5.6       3.3
  Other goods and                                                          
     services.......   .5   .3   .4   .4   .5   .6   .5       6.4       4.6
 Special indexes:                                                          
  Energy............   .8  -.7  1.9  -.2  4.5  6.8  4.0      81.3      29.7
  Food..............   .7   .3   .2  1.0   .3   .8   .9       8.6       6.0
  All items less                                                           
     food and energy   .3   .0   .1   .1   .2   .3   .3       3.2       2.5

     Consumer Price Index data for August are scheduled for release on
 Tuesday, September 16, 2008, at 8:30 A.M. (EDT).






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

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                    Unadjusted                          
                                                             Unadjusted indexes   percent change   Seasonally adjusted  
                                                 Relative                          to July 2008    percent change from- 
                     CPI-U                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2007       June       July                      Apr.    May     June 
                                                              2008       2008      July    June     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2007    2008    May     June    July 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    218.815    219.964     5.6     0.5     0.6     1.1     0.8 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    655.474    658.915       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     14.914    213.383    215.326     5.8     0.9     0.3     0.7     0.9 
   Food.......................................     13.833    213.243    215.299     6.0     1.0     0.3     0.8     0.9 
    Food at home..............................      7.660    213.171    215.785     7.1     1.2     0.3     1.0     1.2 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.030    245.758    250.321    12.1     1.9     1.6     0.5     1.8 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      1.807    202.914    205.075     4.3     1.1     0.1     0.8     1.0 
     Dairy and related products...............       .887    209.117    213.981     8.1     2.3    -0.1     1.6     1.6 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.156    277.957    280.209    10.1     0.8     0.0     2.8     1.2 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................       .928    158.320    159.346     3.9     0.6    -0.9     0.2     0.7 
     Other food at home.......................      1.852    183.804    185.725     6.5     1.0     0.5     0.4     1.0 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .277    185.558    187.067     5.0     0.8     0.4     0.0     0.4 
      Fats and oils...........................       .205    196.150    201.205    15.8     2.6     0.6     1.9     2.4 
      Other foods.............................      1.369    197.888    199.566     5.3     0.8     0.5     0.2     0.9 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .404    118.453    120.510     4.8     1.7     0.2    -0.2     1.7 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.173    215.015    216.376     4.6     0.6     0.4     0.5     0.6 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .297    149.873    151.120     4.4     0.8     0.7     0.1     0.8 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.080    213.912    214.394     3.3     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.4 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     42.427    217.941    219.610     3.9     0.8     0.5     0.5     0.6 
   Shelter....................................     32.596    247.083    248.075     2.5     0.4     0.2     0.3     0.2 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      5.765    242.640    243.367     3.7     0.3     0.2     0.4     0.3 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      2.564    148.621    153.032     0.0     3.0     1.3     0.7     0.7 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................     23.942    252.170    252.504     2.6     0.1     0.1     0.3     0.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .325    119.092    118.764     1.9    -0.3     0.0     0.6    -0.3 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.128    231.412    239.039    16.0     3.3     2.4     1.8     3.3 
    Household energy..........................      4.215    213.762    221.742    18.2     3.7     2.8     2.1     3.8 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .351    389.423    395.706    61.1     1.6     7.9     8.5     1.3 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      3.864    213.375    221.805    14.8     4.0     2.3     1.5     4.0 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................       .913    150.554    152.063     5.5     1.0     0.4     0.4     0.7 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.702    127.625    127.884     0.8     0.2     0.2     0.0     0.4 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .737    148.006    148.290     5.4     0.2     0.8     0.7     0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.731    117.019    114.357     0.8    -2.3    -0.3     0.1     1.2 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................       .935    112.011    109.669     0.1    -2.1     0.3    -0.9     0.0 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.600    104.312    100.049    -1.2    -4.1    -0.3     0.5     2.0 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .185    111.555    109.218     0.4    -2.1    -0.9    -0.4    -0.3 
   Footwear...................................       .679    123.568    122.421     2.6    -0.9     0.0     0.2     1.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     17.688    211.787    212.806    13.4     0.5     2.0     3.8     1.7 
   Private transportation.....................     16.583    207.257    208.038    13.3     0.4     2.0     3.8     1.7 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      7.191     93.598     93.650    -0.3     0.1    -0.1     0.1     0.2 
     New vehicles.............................      4.632    134.516    134.397    -0.8    -0.1    -0.1     0.2     0.2 
     Used cars and trucks (1).................      1.773    135.980    135.840    -0.1    -0.1    -0.3    -0.3    -0.1 
    Motor fuel................................      5.482    347.418    349.731    38.3     0.7     5.7    10.1     4.1 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      5.215    344.981    347.357    37.9     0.7     5.7    10.1     4.1 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .356    127.824    129.118     6.3     1.0     0.6     0.8     1.0 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair......      1.123    233.162    234.788     5.1     0.7     0.5     0.6     0.6 
   Public transportation......................      1.106    264.681    270.002    14.5     2.0     2.3     3.4     1.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      6.231    363.616    363.963     3.5     0.1     0.2     0.2     0.1 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.601    295.194    294.777     1.6    -0.1    -0.7     0.1    -0.2 
   Medical care services......................      4.630    384.685    385.361     4.1     0.2     0.5     0.3     0.2 
    Professional services.....................      2.626    311.317    311.926     3.6     0.2     0.7     0.3     0.2 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.467    531.606    533.558     6.8     0.4     0.4     0.4     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.647    112.991    113.277     1.7     0.3     0.1     0.1     0.4 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.843    102.306    102.203    -0.6    -0.1    -0.5    -0.3     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.086    122.828    123.445     3.7     0.5     0.4     0.5     0.5 
   Education (2)..............................      2.944    178.385    179.229     5.7     0.5     0.4     0.4     0.5 
    Educational books and supplies............       .207    443.309    444.382     6.2     0.2     0.4     0.2     0.8 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.736    513.743    516.264     5.7     0.5     0.4     0.5     0.4 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.142     84.394     84.840     1.5     0.5     0.3     0.6     0.5 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      2.975     81.513     81.965     1.4     0.6     0.2     0.5     0.6 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.342    100.677    101.339     2.8     0.7     0.4     0.8     0.7 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................       .634     10.071     10.087    -4.2     0.2    -0.5    -0.5     0.2 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (6)...................       .242     95.663     94.711   -11.8    -1.0    -1.8    -1.4    -1.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.277    345.885    346.810     4.0     0.3     0.4     0.4     0.4 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........       .731    589.904    596.782     7.7     1.2     0.8     1.5     1.2 
   Personal care..............................      2.546    201.537    201.545     3.0     0.0     0.2     0.1     0.1 
    Personal care products (1)................       .639    158.868    158.989     0.3     0.1    -0.4     0.0     0.1 
    Personal care services (1)................       .629    223.520    223.719     3.2     0.1     0.4    -0.1     0.1 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........      1.044    340.547    340.077     4.8    -0.1     0.5     0.3     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     41.269    180.534    181.087     7.8     0.3     0.9     1.9     1.2 
  Food and beverages..........................     14.914    213.383    215.326     5.8     0.9     0.3     0.7     0.9 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     26.356    161.337    161.301     9.0     0.0     1.2     2.5     1.3 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     15.519    213.489    213.363    16.0    -0.1     2.4     4.1     1.2 
    Apparel...................................      3.731    117.019    114.357     0.8    -2.3    -0.3     0.1     1.2 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     11.787    278.584    280.062    20.7     0.5     2.9     5.7     2.2 
   Durables...................................     10.837    111.232    111.275    -0.8     0.0    -0.2     0.0     0.2 
 Services.....................................     58.731    256.668    258.422     4.1     0.7     0.5     0.5     0.5 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     32.271    257.585    258.637     2.5     0.4     0.2     0.3     0.2 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .325    119.092    118.764     1.9    -0.3     0.0     0.6    -0.3 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      3.864    213.375    221.805    14.8     4.0     2.3     1.5     4.0 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................       .913    150.554    152.063     5.5     1.0     0.4     0.4     0.7 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .737    148.006    148.290     5.4     0.2     0.8     0.7     0.2 
  Transportation services.....................      5.350    245.759    247.869     5.6     0.9     0.8     1.1     0.5 
  Medical care services.......................      4.630    384.685    385.361     4.1     0.2     0.5     0.3     0.2 
  Other services..............................     10.641    294.668    295.677     3.8     0.3     0.4     0.4     0.4 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     86.167    219.757    220.758     5.5     0.5     0.7     1.1     0.8 
 All items less shelter.......................     67.404    210.242    211.468     7.1     0.6     0.9     1.4     1.1 
 All items less medical care..................     93.769    211.408    212.576     5.7     0.6     0.7     1.1     0.9 
 Commodities less food........................     27.436    163.385    163.364     8.7     0.0     1.2     2.4     1.3 
 Nondurables less food........................     16.599    213.538    213.447    15.1     0.0     2.5     3.7     1.3 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     12.868    271.235    272.612    19.2     0.5     2.8     5.1     2.1 
 Nondurables..................................     30.432    214.783    215.628    11.0     0.4     1.5     2.3     1.1 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     26.460    275.200    277.982     6.0     1.0     0.9     0.8     1.0 
 Services less medical care services..........     54.101    246.219    248.007     4.0     0.7     0.5     0.6     0.6 
 Energy.......................................      9.698    275.621    280.833    29.3     1.9     4.4     6.6     4.0 
 All items less energy........................     90.302    214.600    215.335     3.0     0.3     0.2     0.4     0.4 
  All items less food and energy..............     76.469    215.553    216.045     2.5     0.2     0.2     0.3     0.3 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     21.602    139.925    139.535     0.6    -0.3    -0.1     0.1     0.5 
    Energy commodities........................      5.834    351.886    354.423    39.7     0.7     5.8    10.0     3.9 
   Services less energy services..............     54.867    261.216    262.323     3.3     0.4     0.3     0.4     0.3 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .457     $ .455       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .153     $ .152       -       -       -       -       - 

   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--    
                                               Apr.      May       June      July                                                  
                                               2008      2008      2008      2008                                                  
                                                                                      Oct.    Jan.    Apr.    July    Jan.    July 
                                                                                      2007    2008    2008    2008    2008    2008 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  213.743   215.132   217.403   219.181     2.6     6.8     2.3    10.6     4.7     6.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  211.442   212.091   213.612   215.539     4.5     4.6     6.1     8.0     4.6     7.0 
   Food....................................  211.232   211.918   213.542   215.545     4.6     4.7     6.3     8.4     4.6     7.4 
    Food at home...........................  211.085   211.620   213.706   216.227     4.5     5.7     8.3    10.1     5.1     9.2 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  239.619   243.503   244.840   249.210     5.0     7.6    19.5    17.0     6.3    18.2 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  201.404   201.610   203.295   205.361     3.4     2.7     3.4     8.1     3.0     5.7 
     Dairy and related products............  207.992   207.808   211.086   214.537    12.9     2.3     4.5    13.2     7.5     8.8 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  274.120   274.113   281.911   285.411     4.0    16.3     3.0    17.5    10.0    10.0 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  159.868   158.445   158.735   159.796     4.1     4.1     7.7    -0.2     4.1     3.7 
     Other food at home....................  181.508   182.434   183.140   184.951     2.3     3.5    12.7     7.8     2.9    10.2 
      Sugar and sweets.....................  184.421   185.210   185.209   185.865     2.3     3.8    10.7     3.2     3.1     6.9 
      Fats and oils........................  191.560   192.640   196.211   200.870     4.6    12.8    26.2    20.9     8.6    23.5 
      Other foods..........................  195.506   196.520   196.980   198.743     1.8     1.8    11.1     6.8     1.8     8.9 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  118.500   118.744   118.453   120.510    -0.6     1.1    12.1     7.0     0.3     9.5 
    Food away from home (1)................  213.083   213.967   215.015   216.376     4.6     3.5     3.9     6.3     4.0     5.1 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  148.667   149.666   149.873   151.120     3.6     1.6     5.6     6.8     2.6     6.2 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  212.894   213.067   213.246   214.173     3.6     3.3     3.7     2.4     3.4     3.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  214.850   215.876   216.918   218.267     2.2     3.5     3.7     6.5     2.9     5.1 
   Shelter.................................  245.335   245.822   246.612   247.090     2.7     3.5     1.0     2.9     3.1     1.9 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  241.489   241.919   242.837   243.535     3.8     4.5     2.9     3.4     4.2     3.2 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  141.456   143.357   144.426   145.394    -1.3     5.1   -13.5    11.6     1.8    -1.8 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                             
        residence (3) (4)..................  251.461   251.656   252.299   252.610     2.9     3.3     2.3     1.8     3.1     2.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  118.422   118.411   119.092   118.764     0.2     2.8     3.4     1.2     1.5     2.3 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  216.921   222.094   226.160   233.540     2.9     6.0    24.0    34.4     4.5    29.1 
    Household energy.......................  198.101   203.609   207.912   215.751     2.5     5.9    28.7    40.7     4.2    34.6 
     Fuel oil and other fuels..............  338.212   364.824   396.000   401.283    27.3    79.3    48.8    98.2    51.1    71.7 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3).......  199.018   203.584   206.565   214.896     0.6     0.6    27.0    35.9     0.6    31.4 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  149.537   150.203   150.831   151.857     5.0     6.7     3.8     6.4     5.9     5.1 
   Household furnishings and operations....  127.076   127.352   127.369   127.919    -1.7     0.4     1.9     2.7    -0.7     2.3 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  145.784   146.957   148.006   148.290     0.9     5.2     8.5     7.1     3.1     7.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  118.363   118.043   118.107   119.574    -0.9     4.6    -4.6     4.2     1.8    -0.3 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  113.763   114.153   113.139   113.090    -2.0     1.9     2.9    -2.3    -0.1     0.3 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  105.549   105.181   105.698   107.860    -1.6     7.3   -17.2     9.0     2.7    -5.0 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  114.388   113.408   112.922   112.638     9.7     4.5    -5.6    -6.0     7.0    -5.8 
   Footwear................................  124.302   124.290   124.489   126.047    -2.4     3.6     3.5     5.7     0.5     4.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  194.483   198.465   205.915   209.358     1.7    22.3    -2.5    34.3    11.5    14.4 
   Private transportation..................  190.264   194.122   201.450   204.899     1.3    23.0    -3.2    34.5    11.6    14.1 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   93.859    93.798    93.909    94.052     0.0    -0.3    -1.9     0.8    -0.1    -0.6 
     New vehicles..........................  134.772   134.693   134.990   135.300    -1.0    -1.1    -2.4     1.6    -1.1    -0.4 
     Used cars and trucks (1)..............  136.787   136.325   135.980   135.840     2.8     0.7    -1.2    -2.7     1.7    -2.0 
    Motor fuel.............................  276.571   292.243   321.618   334.732     2.6    82.1    -8.8   114.6    36.7    39.9 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  274.251   289.943   319.107   332.237     2.6    82.7   -10.4   115.4    36.9    38.9 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  126.049   126.824   127.824   129.118     5.0     4.2     5.8    10.1     4.6     7.9 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair...  230.660   231.822   233.321   234.818     2.4     5.3     5.2     7.4     3.8     6.3 
   Public transportation...................  244.145   249.869   258.462   261.275     9.3    10.9     8.1    31.2    10.1    19.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  362.243   362.801   363.618   363.852     5.6     5.1     1.6     1.8     5.3     1.7 
   Medical care commodities................  296.876   294.687   295.102   294.438     3.0     5.1     1.5    -3.2     4.1    -0.9 
   Medical care services...................  381.990   383.752   384.727   385.353     6.4     5.1     1.6     3.6     5.7     2.6 
    Professional services..................  308.120   310.154   311.068   311.739     4.4     3.8     1.5     4.8     4.1     3.1 
    Hospital and related services (3)......  528.453   530.603   532.592   534.172     9.7     9.0     4.3     4.4     9.4     4.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  112.588   112.663   112.831   113.264     1.7     1.6     1.2     2.4     1.6     1.8 
   Video and audio (2).....................  102.948   102.443   102.181   102.195     1.4     0.8    -1.5    -2.9     1.1    -2.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  122.564   123.004   123.613   124.226     3.1     2.8     3.3     5.5     2.9     4.4 
   Education (2)...........................  179.234   179.968   180.749   181.582     5.6     6.7     5.4     5.3     6.1     5.4 
    Educational books and supplies.........  441.736   443.715   444.469   447.821     8.3     6.2     4.8     5.6     7.2     5.2 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  516.515   518.616   520.969   523.254     5.4     6.7     5.4     5.3     6.0     5.4 
   Communication (2).......................   83.669    83.929    84.393    84.840     0.5    -1.3     1.3     5.7    -0.4     3.5 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (1) (2)............................   80.921    81.080    81.513    81.965     0.5    -1.5     1.4     5.3    -0.5     3.3 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............   99.494    99.879   100.677   101.339     1.9    -0.5     2.4     7.6     0.7     5.0 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (1) (5)..................   10.170    10.118    10.071    10.087    -5.3    -5.9    -2.3    -3.2    -5.6    -2.8 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (1) (6)................   98.853    97.028    95.663    94.711   -11.1   -12.2    -8.2   -15.7   -11.6   -12.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  343.072   344.305   345.693   346.962     2.8     3.9     4.8     4.6     3.3     4.7 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  576.359   581.185   589.904   596.782     4.9     8.9     2.6    14.9     6.9     8.6 
   Personal care...........................  200.773   201.219   201.392   201.660     2.2     2.5     5.5     1.8     2.4     3.6 
    Personal care products (1).............  159.398   158.790   158.868   158.989    -0.2    -0.5     3.1    -1.0    -0.3     1.0 
    Personal care services (1).............  222.799   223.649   223.520   223.719     2.2     3.8     5.3     1.7     3.0     3.5 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  337.233   339.034   340.085   340.264     4.6     4.8     6.1     3.6     4.7     4.8 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  173.718   175.279   178.550   180.657     2.1    11.5     0.8    17.0     6.7     8.6 
  Food and beverages.......................  211.442   212.091   213.612   215.539     4.5     4.6     6.1     8.0     4.6     7.0 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  152.734   154.620   158.506   160.622     0.6    15.6    -2.0    22.3     7.9     9.5 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  195.857   200.497   208.661   211.267     2.4    29.9     0.5    35.4    15.3    16.7 
    Apparel................................  118.363   118.043   118.107   119.574    -0.9     4.6    -4.6     4.2     1.8    -0.3 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  248.038   255.265   269.755   275.611    -1.7    38.4     2.4    52.4    16.6    25.0 
   Durables................................  111.417   111.227   111.258   111.425    -0.9    -0.2    -2.1     0.0    -0.5    -1.1 
 Services..................................  253.456   254.643   255.872   257.269     3.0     3.7     3.4     6.2     3.3     4.8 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  255.735   256.268   257.040   257.575     2.6     3.7     0.8     2.9     3.1     1.9 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   118.422   118.411   119.092   118.764     0.2     2.8     3.4     1.2     1.5     2.3 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  199.018   203.584   206.565   214.896     0.6     0.6    27.0    35.9     0.6    31.4 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  149.537   150.203   150.831   151.857     5.0     6.7     3.8     6.4     5.9     5.1 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  145.784   146.957   148.006   148.290     0.9     5.2     8.5     7.1     3.1     7.8 
  Transportation services..................  240.412   242.389   245.102   246.409     2.9     5.2     3.8    10.4     4.1     7.0 
  Medical care services....................  381.990   383.752   384.727   385.353     6.4     5.1     1.6     3.6     5.7     2.6 
  Other services...........................  293.296   294.450   295.504   296.752     3.4     3.5     3.4     4.8     3.5     4.1 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  214.183   215.688   218.065   219.806     2.3     7.1     1.7    10.9     4.7     6.2 
 All items less shelter....................  203.782   205.548   208.438   210.755     2.6     8.4     3.0    14.4     5.5     8.5 
 All items less medical care...............  206.241   207.649   209.955   211.774     2.4     6.9     2.4    11.2     4.6     6.7 
 Commodities less food.....................  154.972   156.814   160.607   162.695     0.8    15.1    -1.8    21.5     7.7     9.2 
 Nondurables less food.....................  197.193   202.150   209.702   212.335     0.0    28.0     2.1    34.4    13.2    17.2 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  244.131   250.889   263.688   269.125    -2.2    34.9     3.7    47.7    14.9    23.8 
 Nondurables...............................  204.711   207.834   212.718   215.067     3.0    15.6     4.5    21.8     9.1    12.8 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  269.814   272.112   274.317   276.996     2.8     3.6     6.7    11.1     3.2     8.8 
 Services less medical care services.......  242.925   244.156   245.531   246.945     2.6     3.2     3.7     6.8     2.9     5.2 
 Energy....................................  233.804   244.107   260.316   270.602     2.6    43.6     5.6    79.4    21.4    37.7 
 All items less energy.....................  213.314   213.786   214.624   215.529     2.6     3.4     2.0     4.2     3.0     3.1 
  All items less food and energy...........  214.398   214.832   215.526   216.230     2.3     3.1     1.2     3.5     2.7     2.3 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  140.193   140.010   140.156   140.792    -0.1     1.2    -0.7     1.7     0.6     0.5 
    Energy commodities.....................  281.614   297.965   327.625   340.411     4.1    82.5    -6.1   113.5    37.8    41.6 
   Services less energy services...........  259.084   259.944   261.005   261.729     3.2     3.9     1.9     4.1     3.5     3.0 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated using a
 geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 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                                          July 2008 from--   June 2008 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Apr.      May       June      July                                      
                                                          2008      2008      2008      2008    July  May   June  June  Apr.  May 
                                                                                                2007  2008  2008  2007  2008  2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      214.823   216.632   218.815   219.964   5.6   1.5   0.5   5.0   1.9   1.0 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      228.133   230.089   232.649   234.545   5.7   1.9   0.8   5.0   2.0   1.1 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      230.038   232.005   234.518   236.460   5.5   1.9   0.8   4.7   1.9   1.1 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      135.739   136.913   138.542   139.623   6.3   2.0   0.8   5.8   2.1   1.2 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      205.393   207.168   208.968   210.071   5.6   1.4   0.5   4.9   1.7   0.9 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      206.590   208.291   209.813   211.003   5.3   1.3   0.6   4.6   1.6   0.7 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      131.484   132.682   134.018   134.595   5.9   1.4   0.4   5.2   1.9   1.0 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      200.841   202.720   205.122   206.435   6.0   1.8   0.6   5.5   2.1   1.2 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      208.085   210.006   212.324   213.304   5.8   1.6   0.5   5.3   2.0   1.1 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      209.987   211.846   214.359   215.373   5.6   1.7   0.5   5.0   2.1   1.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      132.516   133.714   134.980   135.643   5.8   1.4   0.5   5.2   1.9   0.9 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      208.746   211.225   214.739   215.274   6.8   1.9   0.2   6.6   2.9   1.7 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      219.437   221.009   223.040   223.867   5.3   1.3   0.4   4.9   1.6   0.9 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      222.689   224.704   226.767   227.562   5.4   1.3   0.4   5.0   1.8   0.9 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      133.694   134.023   135.283   136.021   5.4   1.5   0.5   4.7   1.2   0.9 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      196.191   197.898   199.840   200.941   5.4   1.5   0.6   4.8   1.9   1.0 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      132.974   133.997   135.330   136.055   5.8   1.5   0.5   5.2   1.8   1.0 
   D.........................................    M      207.238   209.308   211.989   212.555   5.8   1.6   0.3   5.6   2.3   1.3 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      212.662   214.932   215.738   217.459   5.8   1.2   0.8   4.7   1.4   0.4 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      224.625   226.651   229.033   229.886   5.7   1.4   0.4   5.4   2.0   1.1 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      233.822   236.151   238.580   240.273   5.1   1.7   0.7   4.5   2.0   1.0 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1            -   235.344         -   241.258   6.3   2.5     -     -     -     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1            -   204.882         -   206.941   5.0   1.0     -     -     -     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1            -   202.357         -   206.413   6.2   2.0     -     -     -     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1            -   139.649         -   142.065   5.7   1.7     -     -     -     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2      206.371         -   212.032         -     -     -     -   4.9   2.7     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2      205.281         -   207.593         -     -     -     -   3.0   1.1     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2      188.795         -   193.567         -     -     -     -   4.9   2.5     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2      221.324         -   225.079         -     -     -     -   5.8   1.7     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2      223.622         -   228.408         -     -     -     -   5.1   2.1     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2      222.074         -   225.181         -     -     -     -   4.2   1.4     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2      223.196         -   228.068         -     -     -     -   5.8   2.2     - 

   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 July 2008    percent change from- 
                     CPI-W                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2007       June       July                      Apr.    May     June 
                                                              2008       2008      July    June     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2007    2008    May     June    July 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    215.223    216.304     6.2     0.5     0.7     1.2     0.9 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    641.082    644.303       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     15.926    212.700    214.662     5.8     0.9     0.3     0.8     0.9 
   Food.......................................     14.901    212.514    214.577     6.0     1.0     0.3     0.8     0.9 
    Food at home..............................      8.595    212.079    214.679     7.0     1.2     0.2     1.0     1.2 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.110    246.493    250.972    12.2     1.8     1.5     0.6     1.8 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      2.192    202.424    204.557     4.2     1.1     0.2     0.8     1.0 
     Dairy and related products...............       .965    208.510    213.582     7.9     2.4    -0.2     1.6     1.7 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.218    276.641    278.885    10.4     0.8     0.0     3.2     1.2 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................      1.094    157.309    158.527     3.7     0.8    -1.0     0.1     0.8 
     Other food at home.......................      2.016    183.342    185.174     6.6     1.0     0.6     0.4     0.9 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .279    184.378    186.054     5.3     0.9     0.4     0.0     0.4 
      Fats and oils...........................       .232    197.155    201.821    15.9     2.4     0.5     2.0     2.1 
      Other foods.............................      1.504    198.153    199.722     5.3     0.8     0.6     0.2     0.8 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .438    118.879    121.015     4.9     1.8     0.4    -0.3     1.8 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.305    214.851    216.177     4.6     0.6     0.4     0.5     0.6 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .218    149.306    150.232     4.0     0.6     0.8     0.5     0.6 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.025    213.976    214.440     3.3     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     39.994    213.441    215.026     4.3     0.7     0.5     0.5     0.7 
   Shelter....................................     30.397    239.198    239.845     2.6     0.3     0.2     0.3     0.2 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      7.979    241.623    242.276     3.6     0.3     0.2     0.4     0.3 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      1.233    148.378    152.248    -0.6     2.6     1.2     1.1    -0.1 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................     20.888    228.536    228.824     2.6     0.1     0.1     0.2     0.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .297    119.293    119.006     1.8    -0.2    -0.1     0.6    -0.2 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.637    228.843    236.381    15.7     3.3     2.4     1.7     3.3 
    Household energy..........................      4.670    209.843    217.640    17.8     3.7     2.8     2.0     3.8 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .323    381.903    388.208    58.0     1.7     7.6     7.9     1.4 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      4.347    211.398    219.612    15.0     3.9     2.4     1.5     4.0 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................       .966    150.742    152.220     5.4     1.0     0.4     0.4     0.7 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      3.960    123.434    123.798     1.0     0.3     0.1     0.1     0.5 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .339    150.867    151.290     5.7     0.3     1.0     0.7     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.998    116.706    113.978     0.7    -2.3    -0.2     0.0     0.8 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................      1.031    112.395    109.969     0.4    -2.2     0.2    -0.7    -0.6 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.619    104.062     99.772    -1.9    -4.1    -0.3     0.5     1.5 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .251    114.057    111.502     0.5    -2.2    -0.8    -0.5    -0.5 
   Footwear...................................       .821    123.381    122.380     2.6    -0.8    -0.2     0.2     1.4 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     20.054    213.633    214.533    14.4     0.4     2.1     4.0     1.8 
   Private transportation.....................     19.287    210.423    211.201    14.4     0.4     2.1     4.0     1.8 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      7.952     92.714     92.686    -0.4     0.0    -0.2     0.0     0.1 
     New vehicles.............................      4.172    135.728    135.556    -0.8    -0.1    -0.1     0.2     0.2 
     Used cars and trucks (1).................      3.103    136.790    136.639    -0.2    -0.1    -0.3    -0.3    -0.1 
    Motor fuel................................      6.940    348.762    351.124    38.3     0.7     5.6    10.0     4.1 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      6.597    346.459    348.888    37.9     0.7     5.7    10.0     4.1 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .446    127.750    128.997     6.3     1.0     0.6     0.8     1.0 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair......      1.169    235.550    237.324     5.0     0.8     0.5     0.6     0.7 
   Public transportation......................       .767    261.779    266.259    14.1     1.7     2.4     3.5     1.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      5.192    363.628    363.942     3.6     0.1     0.1     0.2     0.1 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.295    287.033    286.562     1.4    -0.2    -0.8     0.1    -0.2 
   Medical care services......................      3.897    385.911    386.560     4.3     0.2     0.4     0.2     0.1 
    Professional services.....................      2.159    313.618    314.235     3.5     0.2     0.6     0.3     0.2 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.260    527.948    529.798     7.3     0.4     0.4     0.4     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.341    109.905    110.198     1.7     0.3     0.0     0.2     0.4 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.987    102.306    102.267    -0.1     0.0    -0.5    -0.3     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      5.987    119.264    119.852     3.3     0.5     0.3     0.5     0.5 
   Education (2)..............................      2.377    176.148    176.879     5.6     0.4     0.4     0.3     0.5 
    Educational books and supplies............       .204    445.740    446.741     6.0     0.2     0.6     0.1     0.8 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.174    496.449    498.598     5.5     0.4     0.4     0.4     0.5 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.609     87.017     87.490     1.7     0.5     0.3     0.6     0.5 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      3.488     85.007     85.484     1.6     0.6     0.2     0.6     0.6 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.869    100.723    101.375     2.7     0.6     0.4     0.8     0.6 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................       .619     10.585     10.600    -3.6     0.1    -0.5    -0.3     0.1 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (6)...................       .228     95.766     94.691   -11.8    -1.1    -1.8    -1.3    -1.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.508    358.419    359.961     4.6     0.4     0.5     0.6     0.5 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........      1.183    592.248    599.180     7.9     1.2     0.9     1.5     1.2 
   Personal care..............................      2.325    199.404    199.495     2.9     0.0     0.2     0.1     0.2 
    Personal care products (1)................       .647    159.052    159.237     0.5     0.1    -0.4     0.0     0.1 
    Personal care services (1)................       .560    223.838    223.994     3.2     0.1     0.4     0.0     0.1 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........       .910    341.921    341.763     4.8     0.0     0.6     0.2     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     44.745    184.495    185.105     8.7     0.3     1.0     2.1     1.3 
  Food and beverages..........................     15.926    212.700    214.662     5.8     0.9     0.3     0.8     0.9 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     28.819    167.344    167.376    10.3     0.0     1.4     2.8     1.4 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     17.315    225.585    225.595    17.7     0.0     2.7     4.5     1.3 
    Apparel...................................      3.998    116.706    113.978     0.7    -2.3    -0.2     0.0     0.8 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     13.318    298.593    300.341    22.7     0.6     3.4     6.1     2.5 
   Durables...................................     11.504    111.769    111.820    -0.5     0.0    -0.2     0.0     0.1 
 Services.....................................     55.255    251.365    252.991     4.2     0.6     0.5     0.5     0.6 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     30.100    230.620    231.255     2.6     0.3     0.2     0.3     0.2 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .297    119.293    119.006     1.8    -0.2    -0.1     0.6    -0.2 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      4.347    211.398    219.612    15.0     3.9     2.4     1.5     4.0 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................       .966    150.742    152.220     5.4     1.0     0.4     0.4     0.7 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .339    150.867    151.290     5.7     0.3     1.0     0.7     0.3 
  Transportation services.....................      5.266    243.395    245.005     4.8     0.7     0.7     1.0     0.5 
  Medical care services.......................      3.897    385.911    386.560     4.3     0.2     0.4     0.2     0.1 
  Other services..............................     10.042    283.449    284.449     3.5     0.4     0.4     0.3     0.5 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     85.099    215.498    216.407     6.2     0.4     0.8     1.3     0.9 
 All items less shelter.......................     69.603    208.817    210.069     7.8     0.6     1.0     1.6     1.2 
 All items less medical care..................     94.808    208.906    210.002     6.3     0.5     0.7     1.3     0.9 
 Commodities less food........................     29.844    169.169    169.213    10.1     0.0     1.4     2.8     1.4 
 Nondurables less food........................     18.341    225.276    225.309    16.9     0.0     2.5     4.3     1.3 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     14.343    290.127    291.760    21.3     0.6     3.2     5.7     2.3 
 Nondurables..................................     33.241    220.813    221.740    12.0     0.4     1.6     2.7     1.1 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     25.155    243.780    246.411     6.0     1.1     0.9     0.8     1.1 
 Services less medical care services..........     51.358    241.422    243.071     4.1     0.7     0.5     0.6     0.6 
 Energy.......................................     11.610    277.597    282.579    29.7     1.8     4.5     6.8     4.0 
 All items less energy........................     88.390    208.458    209.062     3.1     0.3     0.2     0.4     0.4 
  All items less food and energy..............     73.489    208.007    208.317     2.5     0.1     0.2     0.3     0.3 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     22.581    140.878    140.492     0.8    -0.3    -0.1     0.2     0.4 
    Energy commodities........................      7.264    351.873    354.402    39.4     0.7     5.7     9.9     4.0 
   Services less energy services..............     50.908    255.513    256.365     3.2     0.3     0.3     0.4     0.3 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .465     $ .462       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .156     $ .155       -       -       -       -       - 

   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--    
                                               Apr.      May       June      July                                                  
                                               2008      2008      2008      2008                                                  
                                                                                      Oct.    Jan.    Apr.    July    Jan.    July 
                                                                                      2007    2008    2008    2008    2008    2008 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  209.543   211.044   213.601   215.507     2.7     7.7     2.4    11.9     5.1     7.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  210.669   211.319   212.937   214.883     4.5     4.5     6.1     8.2     4.5     7.2 
   Food....................................  210.420   211.101   212.814   214.813     4.6     4.6     6.3     8.6     4.6     7.5 
    Food at home...........................  209.945   210.454   212.594   215.085     4.6     5.5     8.1    10.2     5.0     9.1 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  240.305   243.972   245.533   249.875     4.8     7.6    20.2    16.9     6.2    18.6 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  200.888   201.242   202.831   204.852     3.5     2.4     3.1     8.1     3.0     5.6 
     Dairy and related products............  207.558   207.156   210.453   214.042    12.5     2.0     4.3    13.1     7.1     8.6 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  271.663   271.784   280.522   283.919     3.8    16.3     2.8    19.3     9.9    10.8 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  159.034   157.428   157.651   158.971     3.8     3.7     7.7    -0.2     3.8     3.7 
     Other food at home....................  180.938   182.005   182.718   184.409     2.8     3.4    12.5     7.9     3.1    10.2 
      Sugar and sweets.....................  183.410   184.122   184.097   184.838     2.9     3.8    11.5     3.2     3.4     7.2 
      Fats and oils........................  192.519   193.415   197.297   201.406     5.7    12.2    27.2    19.8     8.9    23.4 
      Other foods..........................  195.607   196.873   197.277   198.916     2.2     1.7    10.5     6.9     2.0     8.7 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  118.751   119.248   118.879   121.015     0.1     1.0    11.1     7.8     0.5     9.5 
    Food away from home (1)................  212.794   213.723   214.851   216.177     4.7     3.4     3.9     6.5     4.0     5.2 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  147.335   148.517   149.306   150.232     0.9     2.4     4.8     8.1     1.6     6.4 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  212.888   213.079   213.293   214.434     3.4     3.2     3.6     2.9     3.3     3.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  210.427   211.451   212.511   213.943     2.4     3.5     4.6     6.9     3.0     5.7 
   Shelter.................................  237.943   238.312   239.047   239.431     2.9     3.5     1.7     2.5     3.2     2.1 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  240.466   240.917   241.841   242.535     3.8     4.2     2.9     3.5     4.0     3.2 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  141.337   142.993   144.505   144.351    -0.9     6.2   -13.7     8.8     2.6    -3.1 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                             
        residence (3) (4)..................  227.924   228.112   228.635   228.943     2.8     3.4     2.3     1.8     3.1     2.0 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  118.683   118.615   119.293   119.006     0.2     2.6     3.2     1.1     1.4     2.2 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  214.459   219.616   223.395   230.774     2.8     5.7    23.3    34.1     4.3    28.6 
    Household energy.......................  194.506   199.931   203.870   211.612     2.4     5.6    27.7    40.1     4.0    33.7 
     Fuel oil and other fuels..............  334.332   359.850   388.227   393.808    27.8    76.4    43.8    92.5    50.1    66.4 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3).......  196.843   201.596   204.597   212.785     0.6     0.9    26.5    36.5     0.7    31.4 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  149.736   150.387   151.009   152.020     5.0     6.6     3.7     6.2     5.8     5.0 
   Household furnishings and operations....  122.893   123.075   123.200   123.832    -1.4     0.8     1.7     3.1    -0.3     2.4 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  148.403   149.816   150.867   151.290     2.0     4.4     8.4     8.0     3.2     8.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  118.109   117.867   117.920   118.892    -0.2     5.6    -5.4     2.7     2.7    -1.4 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  114.080   114.340   113.486   112.842    -0.1     5.0     1.0    -4.3     2.4    -1.7 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  105.369   105.056   105.595   107.177    -1.0     6.7   -18.0     7.0     2.8    -6.3 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  117.342   116.416   115.785   115.245     8.7     4.8    -3.6    -7.0     6.7    -5.3 
   Footwear................................  124.364   124.059   124.267   126.005    -2.4     2.9     4.7     5.4     0.2     5.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  194.993   199.181   207.141   210.841     1.6    24.6    -2.8    36.7    12.5    15.2 
   Private transportation..................  191.970   196.071   203.949   207.657     1.3    25.2    -3.3    36.9    12.6    15.1 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   93.051    92.890    92.928    93.007     0.2     0.0    -1.7    -0.2     0.1    -1.0 
     New vehicles..........................  136.052   135.905   136.143   136.460    -1.3    -1.0    -2.1     1.2    -1.2    -0.4 
     Used cars and trucks (1)..............  137.616   137.145   136.790   136.639     2.7     0.7    -1.3    -2.8     1.7    -2.0 
    Motor fuel.............................  277.925   293.566   322.859   336.117     2.6    82.2    -8.5   113.9    36.7    39.9 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  275.644   291.449   320.576   333.854     2.4    82.6   -10.1   115.2    36.8    39.1 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  126.032   126.742   127.750   128.997     5.0     5.3     5.3     9.7     5.1     7.5 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair...  233.139   234.314   235.703   237.365     2.1     5.3     5.1     7.5     3.7     6.3 
   Public transportation...................  241.831   247.717   256.314   258.873     8.7     9.7     8.2    31.3     9.2    19.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  362.359   362.884   363.629   363.864     5.9     5.4     1.4     1.7     5.7     1.5 
   Medical care commodities................  288.672   286.461   286.749   286.207     3.0     5.5     0.6    -3.4     4.3    -1.4 
   Medical care services...................  383.404   385.115   386.038   386.607     6.7     5.4     1.7     3.4     6.1     2.5 
    Professional services..................  310.676   312.553   313.396   314.053     4.6     3.8     1.4     4.4     4.2     2.9 
    Hospital and related services (3)......  524.768   527.119   529.160   530.663    10.4     9.5     5.1     4.6     9.9     4.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  109.514   109.561   109.737   110.173     1.8     1.3     1.2     2.4     1.5     1.8 
   Video and audio (2).....................  102.975   102.431   102.166   102.269     1.8     1.5    -0.9    -2.7     1.7    -1.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  118.807   119.217   119.805   120.439     2.6     2.2     2.9     5.6     2.4     4.3 
   Education (2)...........................  176.831   177.579   178.167   179.067     5.1     6.9     5.3     5.2     6.0     5.2 
    Educational books and supplies.........  443.977   446.426   446.991   450.380     8.7     5.6     3.8     5.9     7.1     4.8 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  498.741   500.792   502.545   504.965     4.7     7.0     5.4     5.1     5.9     5.2 
   Communication (2).......................   86.243    86.495    87.016    87.490     0.8    -1.2     1.5     5.9    -0.2     3.7 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (1) (2)............................   84.320    84.511    85.007    85.484     0.8    -1.3     1.5     5.6    -0.2     3.5 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............   99.566    99.939   100.723   101.375     1.7    -0.6     2.4     7.5     0.5     4.9 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (1) (5)..................   10.671    10.621    10.585    10.600    -4.4    -5.0    -2.4    -2.6    -4.7    -2.5 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (1) (6)................   98.820    97.010    95.766    94.691   -10.7   -12.1    -8.6   -15.7   -11.4   -12.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  354.577   356.181   358.283   360.084     3.0     4.5     4.5     6.4     3.7     5.4 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  578.296   583.296   592.248   599.180     5.0     9.3     2.5    15.2     7.1     8.7 
   Personal care...........................  198.597   199.078   199.288   199.599     2.0     2.2     5.6     2.0     2.1     3.8 
    Personal care products (1).............  159.585   158.993   159.052   159.237    -0.1    -0.6     3.6    -0.9    -0.4     1.4 
    Personal care services (1).............  223.088   223.922   223.838   223.994     2.1     4.0     5.1     1.6     3.0     3.4 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  338.418   340.592   341.405   341.783     4.6     4.6     6.0     4.0     4.6     5.0 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  176.517   178.328   182.091   184.380     2.3    13.1     0.5    19.0     7.5     9.4 
  Food and beverages.......................  210.669   211.319   212.937   214.883     4.5     4.5     6.1     8.2     4.5     7.2 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  157.146   159.383   163.920   166.283     1.0    18.2    -2.4    25.4     9.3    10.6 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  204.907   210.341   219.911   222.730     2.9    33.5     0.3    39.6    17.2    18.3 
    Apparel................................  118.109   117.867   117.920   118.892    -0.2     5.6    -5.4     2.7     2.7    -1.4 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  263.062   271.995   288.571   295.649    -3.0    42.9     2.6    59.5    17.8    27.9 
   Durables................................  112.004   111.755   111.778   111.904    -0.5     0.6    -1.8    -0.4     0.0    -1.1 
 Services..................................  248.302   249.457   250.646   252.098     3.0     3.4     4.0     6.3     3.2     5.1 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  229.311   229.711   230.376   230.750     2.8     3.5     1.5     2.5     3.1     2.0 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   118.683   118.615   119.293   119.006     0.2     2.6     3.2     1.1     1.4     2.2 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  196.843   201.596   204.597   212.785     0.6     0.9    26.5    36.5     0.7    31.4 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  149.736   150.387   151.009   152.020     5.0     6.6     3.7     6.2     5.8     5.0 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  148.403   149.816   150.867   151.290     2.0     4.4     8.4     8.0     3.2     8.2 
  Transportation services..................  239.245   240.862   243.223   244.333     2.3     4.5     3.5     8.8     3.4     6.1 
  Medical care services....................  383.404   385.115   386.038   386.607     6.7     5.4     1.7     3.4     6.1     2.5 
  Other services...........................  281.941   283.039   283.979   285.261     3.2     3.0     3.2     4.8     3.1     4.0 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  209.197   210.840   213.542   215.430     2.3     8.2     1.7    12.5     5.2     7.0 
 All items less shelter....................  201.457   203.388   206.640   209.123     2.6     9.5     2.7    16.1     6.0     9.2 
 All items less medical care...............  203.139   204.658   207.249   209.190     2.5     7.8     2.5    12.5     5.1     7.3 
 Commodities less food.....................  159.167   161.360   165.803   168.143     1.1    17.6    -2.2    24.5     9.0    10.3 
 Nondurables less food.....................  205.613   210.849   219.878   222.640     2.9    31.3     0.6    37.5    16.2    17.6 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  257.678   265.929   281.115   287.558    -2.6    39.3     2.9    55.1    16.5    26.4 
 Nondurables...............................  208.946   212.335   218.042   220.363     4.3    17.4     3.9    23.7    10.6    13.4 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  238.684   240.775   242.816   245.434     2.4     3.2     7.0    11.8     2.8     9.4 
 Services less medical care services.......  238.224   239.416   240.801   242.231     2.5     3.1     4.1     6.9     2.8     5.5 
 Energy....................................  234.484   244.995   261.655   272.093     2.5    45.9     4.3    81.3    22.3    37.5 
 All items less energy.....................  207.378   207.772   208.598   209.458     2.7     3.4     2.1     4.1     3.0     3.1 
  All items less food and energy...........  207.131   207.468   208.116   208.747     2.3     3.1     1.3     3.2     2.7     2.2 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  141.088   140.914   141.128   141.700     0.2     1.9    -0.7     1.7     1.0     0.5 
    Energy commodities.....................  281.575   297.683   327.093   340.121     3.8    82.6    -6.7   112.9    37.7    40.9 
   Services less energy services...........  253.802   254.534   255.507   256.168     3.2     3.7     2.2     3.8     3.4     3.0 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated using a
 geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 1984=100 base
   5 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   6 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.



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

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                   All items                                      
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                       Indexes                 Percent change to Percent change to
                    CPI-W                      Pricing                                          July 2008 from--   June 2008 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Apr.      May       June      July                                      
                                                          2008      2008      2008      2008    July  May   June  June  Apr.  May 
                                                                                                2007  2008  2008  2007  2008  2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      210.698   212.788   215.223   216.304   6.2   1.7   0.5   5.6   2.1   1.1 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      224.794   227.114   229.829   231.488   6.2   1.9   0.7   5.5   2.2   1.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      225.144   227.412   230.120   231.808   6.1   1.9   0.7   5.3   2.2   1.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      136.141   137.624   139.286   140.253   6.6   1.9   0.7   6.1   2.3   1.2 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      200.788   202.912   204.867   206.038   6.1   1.5   0.6   5.3   2.0   1.0 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      200.989   202.969   204.509   205.761   5.7   1.4   0.6   4.8   1.8   0.8 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      131.354   132.867   134.409   135.037   6.5   1.6   0.5   5.8   2.3   1.2 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      199.325   201.494   204.023   205.452   6.6   2.0   0.7   6.0   2.4   1.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      205.669   207.912   210.469   211.438   6.4   1.7   0.5   5.8   2.3   1.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      208.511   210.748   213.549   214.379   6.2   1.7   0.4   5.6   2.4   1.3 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      131.428   132.808   134.222   134.952   6.4   1.6   0.5   5.7   2.1   1.1 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      209.641   212.533   216.357   216.901   7.5   2.1   0.3   7.3   3.2   1.8 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      214.355   216.029   218.508   219.248   6.0   1.5   0.3   5.4   1.9   1.1 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      216.055   218.141   220.603   221.232   6.2   1.4   0.3   5.7   2.1   1.1 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      133.570   134.133   135.738   136.478   5.9   1.7   0.5   5.1   1.6   1.2 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      194.886   196.844   199.028   200.009   6.0   1.6   0.5   5.4   2.1   1.1 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      132.471   133.729   135.240   135.986   6.4   1.7   0.6   5.7   2.1   1.1 
   D.........................................    M      205.951   208.246   211.236   211.929   6.4   1.8   0.3   6.0   2.6   1.4 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      205.885   208.403   209.021   211.020   6.2   1.3   1.0   4.9   1.5   0.3 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      217.914   219.702   222.435   223.245   6.6   1.6   0.4   6.1   2.1   1.2 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      228.215   230.923   233.776   235.446   5.9   2.0   0.7   5.2   2.4   1.2 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1            -   235.419         -   240.511   6.2   2.2     -     -     -     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1            -   195.898         -   198.063   5.7   1.1     -     -     -     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1            -   206.258         -   210.830   7.5   2.2     -     -     -     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1            -   139.332         -   141.622   5.9   1.6     -     -     -     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2      205.801         -   212.013         -     -     -     -   5.5   3.0     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2      201.037         -   203.524         -     -     -     -   3.5   1.2     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2      188.463         -   193.742         -     -     -     -   5.7   2.8     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2      219.456         -   223.849         -     -     -     -   6.1   2.0     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2      223.295         -   228.429         -     -     -     -   5.5   2.3     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2      217.913         -   221.454         -     -     -     -   4.7   1.6     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2      218.483         -   223.573         -     -     -     -   6.2   2.3     - 

   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         July 2008 from-  
                    C-CPI-U                     December                                          
                                                2005-2006                                         
                                                              June      July      July      June  
                                                              2008      2008      2007      2008  
                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                  
             Expenditure category                                                                 
                                                                                                  
 All items....................................    100.000   125.582   126.116       4.8       0.4 
                                                                                                  
  Food and beverages..........................     14.726   125.366   126.459       5.6       0.9 
   Food.......................................     13.648   125.480   126.641       5.8       0.9 
    Food at home..............................      7.557   122.956   124.391       6.8       1.2 
    Food away from home.......................      6.091   128.835   129.640       4.5       0.6 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.077   124.295   124.546       3.3       0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Housing.....................................     42.421   129.332   130.200       3.6       0.7 
   Shelter....................................     32.409   130.287   130.773       2.5       0.4 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.004   169.849   175.270      14.9       3.2 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      5.008    95.995    96.105       0.2       0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Apparel.....................................      3.988    86.976    84.768      -0.1      -2.5 
                                                                                                  
  Transportation..............................     17.393   137.800   138.367      10.9       0.4 
   Private transportation.....................     16.285   138.528   138.954      10.7       0.3 
   Public transportation......................      1.108   129.942   132.480      14.3       2.0 
                                                                                                  
  Medical care................................      6.085   141.538   141.656       3.2       0.1 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.615   125.019   124.847       1.5      -0.1 
   Medical care services......................      4.470   147.718   147.959       3.9       0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Recreation..................................      5.935   105.473   105.634       0.8       0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Education and communication.................      6.196   107.059   107.565       3.1       0.5 
   Education..................................      2.771   165.233   166.019       6.1       0.5 
   Communication..............................      3.425    74.114    74.463       0.8       0.5 
                                                                                                  
  Other goods and services....................      3.257   128.576   128.601       3.9       0.0 
                                                                                                  
          Commodity and service group                                                             
                                                                                                  
 Services.....................................     58.427   133.027   133.831       3.9       0.6 
 Commodities..................................     41.573   116.266   116.468       6.0       0.2 
  Durables....................................     11.817    83.274    83.257      -1.4       0.0 
 Nondurables..................................     29.756   133.843   134.179       9.1       0.3 
  All items less food and energy..............     77.561   117.363   117.543       2.2       0.2 
 Energy.......................................      8.790   232.483   237.294      28.3       2.1 

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

Last Modified Date: August 14, 2008
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