Economic News Release

Consumer Price Index News Release


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                 Consumer Price Index - September 2009

 On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for All
 Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.2 percent in September, the Bureau of
 Labor Statistics reported today. The increase was less than the 0.4
 percent rise in August. The index has decreased 1.3 percent over the
 last 12 months on a not seasonally adjusted basis.
 
 The seasonally adjusted increase in the all items index was broad
 based, although tempered by a decline in the food index. The all
 items less food and energy index increased 0.2 percent in September
 after increasing 0.1 percent in each of the previous two months.
 Contributing to this increase were advances in the indexes for
 lodging away from home, medical care, new vehicles, used cars and
 trucks, and public transportation. The increase occurred despite
 declines in the indexes for rent and owners' equivalent rent, the
 first decreases in those indexes since 1992. The energy index also
 increased in September, as increases in the indexes for gasoline,
 fuel oil and electricity more than offset a decline in the index for
 natural gas.
 
 In contrast to these increases, the food index declined, falling for
 the sixth time in the last eight months. The index for food away from
 home increased, but the food at home index declined as the indexes
 for fruits and vegetables and for meats, poultry, fish and eggs fell
 sharply. Both the food and energy indexes have declined over the past
 12 months. The decline in the food index is the first 12-month
 decrease in that index in over 40 years.
 

 Table A. Percent changes in CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city
 average
                                                                               
                                                                               
                                  Seasonally adjusted changes from             
                                          preceding month                      
                                                                          Un-  
                                                                       adjusted
                                                                        12-mos.
                              Mar.  Apr.  May   June  July  Aug.  Sep.   ended 
                              2009  2009  2009  2009  2009  2009  2009   Sep.  
                                                                         2009  
                                                                                                                                                              
 All items..................   -.1    .0    .1    .7    .0    .4    .2     -1.3
  Food......................   -.1   -.2   -.2    .0   -.3    .1   -.1      -.2
   Food at home.............   -.4   -.6   -.5    .0   -.5    .0   -.3     -2.5
   Food away from home (1)..    .1    .3    .1    .1    .1    .1    .1      2.6
  Energy....................  -3.0  -2.4    .2   7.4   -.4   4.6    .6    -21.6
   Energy commodities.......  -4.7  -2.6   2.3  16.2   -.4   8.5   1.1    -30.1
    Gasoline (all types)....  -4.0  -2.8   3.1  17.3   -.8   9.1   1.0    -29.7
    Fuel oil................  -8.5   -.3  -3.3   4.8  -1.5   6.2   1.5    -36.0
   Energy services..........  -1.4  -2.2  -1.7  -1.2   -.3    .0    .1     -8.0
    Electricity.............   -.2   -.6   -.4  -1.9   -.6   -.1    .6      -.1
    Utility (piped) gas                                                        
       service..............  -4.8  -7.0  -5.7   1.3    .9    .4  -1.7    -28.0
  All items less food and                                                      
     energy.................    .2    .3    .1    .2    .1    .1    .2      1.5
   Commodities less food and                                                   
      energy commodities....    .4    .5    .2    .3    .2   -.3    .3      1.6
    New vehicles............    .6    .4    .5    .7    .5  -1.3    .4      1.6
    Used cars and trucks....  -1.7   -.1   1.0    .9    .0   1.9   1.6     -2.7
    Apparel.................   -.2   -.2   -.2    .7    .6   -.1    .1      1.1
    Medical care commodities    .2    .3    .4    .1   -.1    .5    .6      4.1
   Services less energy                                                        
      services..............    .1    .2    .1    .1    .0    .2    .1      1.5
    Shelter.................    .0    .2    .1    .1   -.2    .1    .0       .7
    Transportation services    -.1    .3   -.1   -.1    .5    .6    .7      2.0
    Medical care services...    .2    .4    .3    .2    .3    .2    .4      3.3

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.




 Consumer Price Index Data for September 2009
 
 
 Food
 
 After rising 0.1 percent in August, the food index declined 0.1
 percent in September. The index for food away from home rose 0.1
 percent while the food at home index declined 0.3 percent, its eighth
 decline in the last 10 months. The September decrease was driven by
 declines in the indexes for fruits and vegetables, which fell 1.2
 percent, and for meats, poultry, fish and eggs, which decreased 1.0
 percent.   The index for nonalcoholic beverages was unchanged in
 September, while the other grocery store food groups posted
 increases. After declining for nine straight months, the index for
 dairy and related products rose 0.5 percent in September. The cereals
 and bakery products index increased 0.3 percent and the index for
 other food at home rose 0.1 percent. Over the past year, the food at
 home index has decreased 2.5 percent, with the fruits and vegetables,
 dairy, and meat groups all posting significant declines. The food
 index has declined 0.2 percent since September 2008, the first 12-
 month decrease since April 1967.
 
 
 Energy
 
 The energy index rose 0.6 percent in September after increasing 4.6
 percent in August. The index for energy commodities rose 1.1 percent,
 with the gasoline index increasing 1.0 percent. (Before seasonal
 adjustment, gasoline prices fell 2.1 percent in September.) The index
 for energy services, which was unchanged in August, rose 0.1 percent
 in September. The electricity index rose 0.6 percent while the index
 for natural gas declined 1.7 percent. Over the past 12 months, the
 energy index has fallen 21.6 percent with all its major components
 declining. The gasoline index decreased 29.7 percent, the index for
 natural gas declined 28.0 percent, and the electricity index fell 0.1
 percent.
 
 
 All items less food and energy
 
 The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2 percent in
 September after increasing 0.1 percent in both July and August. One
 contributor to the increase was the medical care index, which rose
 0.4 percent in September. The index for medical care commodities rose
 0.6 percent in September, with the prescription drugs index rising
 0.6 percent and the index for nonprescription drugs advancing 1.1
 percent. Several transportation indexes contributed to the increase
 in the index for all items less food and energy. The new vehicles
 index, which declined 1.3 percent in August, rose 0.4 percent in
 September. The index for used cars and trucks increased sharply for
 the second month in a row, rising 1.6 percent, and the index for
 public transportation rose 2.1 percent as the airline fares index
 increased 3.4 percent. The tobacco index rose 1.0 percent in
 September and has risen 26.1 percent since February. The shelter
 index was unchanged in September, as a 1.5 percent increase in the
 index for lodging away from home was offset by declines of 0.1
 percent in the heavily weighted rent and owners' equivalent rent
 indexes. For the past 12 months, the index for all items less food
 and energy has risen 1.5 percent. The indexes for shelter, new
 vehicles, medical care and tobacco have all risen during the period,
 while the indexes for used cars and trucks and public transportation
 have declined.
 
 Not seasonally adjusted CPI measures
 
 The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) decreased
 1.3 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 215.969
 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index increased 0.1 percent prior
 to seasonal adjustment.
 
 The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
 (CPI-W) decreased 1.7 percent over the last 12 months to an index
 level of 211.322 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index increased
 0.1 percent prior to seasonal adjustment.
 
 The Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U)
 decreased 1.4 percent over the last 12 months. For the month, the
 index increased 0.1 percent on a not seasonally adjusted basis.
 Please note that the indexes for the post-2007 period are subject to
 revision.
 
 
 The Consumer Price Index for October 2009 is scheduled to be released
 on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. (EST).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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 0.04 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 0.08 percent of the 1 month percentage
 change based on all retail prices.  For example, for a 1-month change
 of 0.2 percent in the All Items CPI for All Urban Consumers, we are
 95 percent confident that the actual percent change based on all
 retail prices would fall between 0.12 and 0.28 percent.  For the
 latest data, including information on how to use the estimates of
 standard error, see "Variance Estimates for Price Changes in the
 Consumer Price Index, January-December 2008".  These data are
 available on the CPI home page (http://www.bls.gov/cpi), or by using
 the following link http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpivar2008.pdf
      
 
 Calculating Index Changes
 
 Movements of the indexes from one month to another are usually
 expressed as percent changes rather than changes in index points,
 because index point changes are affected by the level of the index in
 relation to its base period while percent changes are not.  The
 example below illustrates the computation of index point and percent
 changes.
      
  Percent changes for 3-month and 6-month periods are expressed as
 annual rates and are computed according to the standard formula for
 compound growth rates.  These data indicate what the percent change
 would be if the current rate were maintained for a 12-month period.
 
 Index Point Change
 
 CPI
 202.416
 Less previous index
 201.800
 Equals index point change
 .616
 
 Percent Change
 
 Index point difference
 .616
 Divided by the previous index
 201.800
 Equals
 0.003
 Results multiplied by one hundred
 0.003x100
 Equals percent change
 0.3
 
 
 
 
 
 Regions Defined
 
 The states in the four regions shown in Tables 3 and 6 are listed
 below.
 
 The Northeast--Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New
 York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
 The Midwest--Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota,
 Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
 The South--Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
 Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South
 Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District
 of Columbia.
 The West--Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho,
 Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
 
 
 
 
 A Note on Seasonally Adjusted and Unadjusted Data
 
 Because price data are used for different purposes by different
 groups, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes seasonally adjusted
 as well as unadjusted changes each month.
 
 For analyzing general price trends in the economy, seasonally
 adjusted changes are usually preferred since they eliminate the
 effect of changes that normally occur at the same time and in about
 the same magnitude every year--such as price movements resulting from
 changing climatic conditions, production cycles, model changeovers,
 holidays, and sales.
 
 The unadjusted data are of primary interest to consumers concerned
 about the prices they actually pay.  Unadjusted data also are used
 extensively for escalation purposes.  Many collective bargaining
 contract agreements and pension plans, for example, tie compensation
 changes to the Consumer Price Index before adjustment for seasonal
 variation.
 
 Seasonal factors used in computing the seasonally adjusted indexes
 are derived by the X-12-ARIMA Seasonal Adjustment Method.  Seasonally
 adjusted indexes and seasonal factors are computed annually.  Each
 year, the last 5 years of seasonally adjusted data are revised.  Data
 from January 2004 through December 2008 were replaced in January
 2009.  Exceptions to the usual revision schedule were: the updated
 seasonal data at the end of 1977 replaced data from 1967 through
 1977; and, in January 2002, dependently seasonally adjusted series
 were revised for January 1987-December 2001 as a result of a change
 in the aggregation weights for dependently adjusted series. For
 further information, please see "Aggregation of Dependently Adjusted
 Seasonally Adjusted Series," in the October 2001 issue of the CPI
 Detailed Report.
 
 The seasonal movement of all items and 54 other aggregations is
 derived by combining the seasonal movement of 73 selected components.
 Each year the seasonal status of every series is reevaluated based
 upon certain statistical criteria.  If any of the 73 components
 change their seasonal adjustment status from seasonally adjusted to
 not seasonally adjusted, not seasonally adjusted data will be used in
 the aggregation of the dependent series for the last 5 years, but the
 seasonally adjusted indexes will be used before that period.  Note:
 47 of the 73 components are seasonally adjusted for 2009.
 
 Seasonally adjusted data, including the all items index levels, are
 subject to revision for up to five years after their original
 release.  For this reason, BLS advises against the use of these data
 in escalation agreements.
 
 Effective with the calculation of the seasonal factors for 1990, the
 Bureau of Labor Statistics has used an enhanced seasonal adjustment
 procedure called Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment for some
 CPI series.  Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment allows for
 better estimates of seasonally adjusted data.  Extreme values and/or
 sharp movements which might distort the seasonal pattern are
 estimated and removed from the data prior to calculation of seasonal
 factors.  Beginning with the calculation of seasonal factors for
 1996, X-12-ARIMA software was used for Intervention Analysis Seasonal
 Adjustment.
 
 For the seasonal factors introduced in January 2009, BLS adjusted 29
 series using Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment, including
 selected food and beverage items, motor fuels, electricity and
 vehicles.  For example, this procedure was used for the Motor fuel
 series to offset the effects of events such as damage to oil
 refineries from Hurricane Katrina.
 
 For a complete list of Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment
 series and explanations, please refer to the article "Intervention
 Analysis Seasonal Adjustment", located on our website at
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpisapage.htm.
 
 For additional information on seasonal adjustment in the CPI, please
 write to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Division of Consumer Prices
 and Price Indexes, Washington, DC 20212 or contact Jeff Wilson at
 (202) 691-6968, or by e-mail at Wilson.Jeff@bls.gov.  If you have
 general questions about the CPI, please call our information staff at
 (202) 691-7000.




 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 Sep. 2009    percent change from- 
                     CPI-U                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2008       Aug.       Sep.                      June    July    Aug. 
                                                              2009       2009      Sep.    Aug.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2008    2009    July    Aug.    Sep. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    215.834    215.969    -1.3     0.1     0.0     0.4     0.2 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    646.544    646.948       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     15.757    217.701    217.617     0.0     0.0    -0.2     0.1    -0.1 
   Food.......................................     14.629    217.350    217.218    -0.2    -0.1    -0.3     0.1    -0.1 
    Food at home..............................      8.156    213.722    213.227    -2.5    -0.2    -0.5     0.0    -0.3 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.150    252.382    251.231     0.1    -0.5    -0.1    -0.1     0.3 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      1.898    202.911    201.755    -3.9    -0.6    -1.3     0.4    -1.0 
     Dairy and related products (1)...........       .910    192.381    193.353    -9.5     0.5    -0.6    -0.4     0.5 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.194    267.309    267.609    -6.4     0.1    -0.3    -0.7    -1.2 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................       .982    162.953    162.911     0.9     0.0    -0.3     0.4     0.0 
     Other food at home.......................      2.022    191.317    190.571     1.4    -0.4    -0.3     0.2     0.1 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .300    195.430    196.998     3.7     0.8    -1.3     0.4     1.0 
      Fats and oils...........................       .241    200.578    200.009    -3.0    -0.3    -0.3     0.1    -0.3 
      Other foods.............................      1.481    206.064    204.728     1.7    -0.6    -0.1     0.2    -0.1 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .433    121.892    122.099     0.8     0.2    -0.2    -0.1     0.2 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.474    223.675    224.003     2.6     0.1     0.1     0.1     0.1 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .314    156.697    157.302     3.5     0.4     0.5     0.1     0.4 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.127    220.946    221.474     2.5     0.2     0.3     0.1     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     43.421    217.827    217.178    -0.5    -0.3    -0.2     0.1     0.0 
   Shelter....................................     33.200    250.248    249.501     0.7    -0.3    -0.2     0.1     0.0 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      5.957    249.029    248.965     1.6     0.0     0.0     0.0    -0.1 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      2.478    137.454    133.706    -6.9    -2.7    -2.1     0.5     1.5 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................     24.433    257.155    256.865     1.3    -0.1     0.0     0.1    -0.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .333    121.830    122.170     1.9     0.3     0.2     0.4     0.3 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.431    212.661    211.618    -7.4    -0.5    -0.1     0.4     0.2 
    Household energy..........................      4.460    189.735    188.509   -10.0    -0.6    -0.3     0.2     0.1 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .301    237.521    236.616   -32.2    -0.4    -1.1     3.9     1.1 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      4.159    195.475    194.176    -8.0    -0.7    -0.3     0.0     0.1 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................       .971    163.136    163.429     5.9     0.2     0.6     0.8     0.4 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.790    128.304    128.201    -0.3    -0.1    -0.1    -0.6     0.0 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .781    150.494    150.437     0.2     0.0     0.0     0.3     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.691    117.130    122.476     1.1     4.6     0.6    -0.1     0.1 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................       .923    110.835    112.933     0.2     1.9    -0.7     0.6    -0.8 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.541    103.991    112.535     0.7     8.2     1.2    -0.3     0.3 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .183    113.673    116.309     2.5     2.3    -0.7     1.2     0.1 
   Footwear...................................       .688    125.292    128.670     3.0     2.7     1.1    -0.2     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     15.314    184.386    183.932    -9.8    -0.2     0.2     2.3     0.8 
   Private transportation.....................     14.189    179.987    179.466    -9.9    -0.3     0.1     2.4     0.7 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      6.931     93.126     93.440     1.0     0.3     0.3    -0.4     0.5 
     New vehicles.............................      4.480    134.080    134.576     1.6     0.4     0.5    -1.3     0.4 
     Used cars and trucks.....................      1.628    128.028    129.369    -2.7     1.0     0.0     1.9     1.6 
    Motor fuel................................      3.164    225.089    220.690   -30.0    -2.0    -0.4     8.8     1.1 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      2.964    225.179    220.542   -29.7    -2.1    -0.8     9.1     1.0 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .382    133.531    133.406     1.8    -0.1    -0.4    -0.1    -0.1 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair (1)..      1.188    243.494    244.493     3.1     0.4     0.1     0.2     0.4 
   Public transportation......................      1.125    238.997    239.855    -8.2     0.4     1.9     1.3     2.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      6.390    376.537    377.727     3.5     0.3     0.2     0.3     0.4 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.625    305.797    307.671     4.1     0.6    -0.1     0.5     0.6 
   Medical care services......................      4.765    398.303    399.160     3.3     0.2     0.3     0.2     0.4 
    Professional services.....................      2.702    320.252    320.756     2.6     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.4 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.545    570.150    572.991     6.6     0.5     0.7     0.5     0.6 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.741    114.755    114.629     0.5    -0.1     0.0     0.1    -0.1 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.822    101.474    100.801    -1.9    -0.7    -0.2    -0.2    -0.7 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.301    128.128    129.035     2.8     0.7     0.3     0.2     0.1 
   Education (2)..............................      3.107    193.161    195.595     5.1     1.3     0.5     0.5     0.0 
    Educational books and supplies............       .221    490.102    493.636     6.7     0.7     1.2     0.6     0.3 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.886    555.402    562.635     5.0     1.3     0.5     0.5     0.0 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.194     84.913     85.044     0.6     0.2     0.1    -0.2     0.2 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      3.022     81.835     81.969     0.4     0.2     0.1    -0.2     0.2 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.408    102.674    102.968     1.6     0.3     0.5     0.0     0.3 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................       .614      9.499      9.467    -4.4    -0.3    -1.3    -1.1    -0.3 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (6)...................       .214     78.576     77.997   -14.1    -0.7    -3.2    -2.8    -0.7 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.386    372.699    374.219     7.5     0.4     0.8     0.1     0.3 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........       .776    763.634    771.089    29.0     1.0     2.2     0.1     1.0 
   Personal care..............................      2.610    204.352    204.751     1.1     0.2     0.2     0.1     0.0 
    Personal care products (1)................       .651    162.476    162.372     1.7    -0.1     0.4    -0.3    -0.1 
    Personal care services (1)................       .647    227.580    228.286     1.6     0.3    -0.1     0.1     0.3 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........      1.074    345.137    345.515     0.6     0.1     0.5     0.2    -0.2 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     39.556    171.081    171.559    -4.2     0.3     0.0     0.8     0.3 
  Food and beverages..........................     15.757    217.701    217.617     0.0     0.0    -0.2     0.1    -0.1 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     23.799    146.528    147.222    -6.6     0.5     0.1     1.2     0.4 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     13.289    184.366    185.544   -10.3     0.6     0.5     3.1     0.4 
    Apparel...................................      3.691    117.130    122.476     1.1     4.6     0.6    -0.1     0.1 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................      9.598    230.396    228.954   -13.6    -0.6     0.2     4.2     0.4 
   Durables...................................     10.510    109.129    109.387    -0.6     0.2     0.0    -0.6     0.4 
 Services.....................................     60.444    260.355    260.136     0.8    -0.1     0.0     0.2     0.1 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     32.867    260.858    260.064     0.7    -0.3    -0.2     0.1     0.1 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .333    121.830    122.170     1.9     0.3     0.2     0.4     0.3 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      4.159    195.475    194.176    -8.0    -0.7    -0.3     0.0     0.1 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................       .971    163.136    163.429     5.9     0.2     0.6     0.8     0.4 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .781    150.494    150.437     0.2     0.0     0.0     0.3     0.0 
  Transportation services.....................      5.567    252.234    253.001     2.0     0.3     0.5     0.6     0.7 
  Medical care services.......................      4.765    398.303    399.160     3.3     0.2     0.3     0.2     0.4 
  Other services..............................     11.002    305.890    307.161     2.5     0.4     0.3     0.3     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     85.371    215.617    215.795    -1.5     0.1     0.0     0.5     0.2 
 All items less shelter.......................     66.800    204.776    205.263    -2.2     0.2     0.1     0.6     0.3 
 All items less medical care..................     93.610    207.855    207.949    -1.6     0.0     0.0     0.5     0.2 
 Commodities less food........................     24.926    149.155    149.846    -6.2     0.5     0.1     1.2     0.4 
 Nondurables less food........................     14.416    186.552    187.691    -9.5     0.6     0.5     2.9     0.4 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     10.726    228.446    227.195   -12.4    -0.5     0.2     3.8     0.4 
 Nondurables..................................     29.046    201.191    201.783    -5.4     0.3     0.1     1.6     0.1 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     27.577    279.697    280.194     0.9     0.2     0.3     0.4     0.3 
 Services less medical care services..........     55.679    249.316    249.043     0.6    -0.1     0.0     0.2     0.1 
 Energy.......................................      7.624    204.971    202.243   -21.6    -1.3    -0.4     4.6     0.6 
 All items less energy........................     92.376    218.642    219.076     1.2     0.2     0.0     0.1     0.1 
  All items less food and energy..............     77.746    219.596    220.137     1.5     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.2 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     21.461    141.310    142.729     1.6     1.0     0.2    -0.3     0.3 
    Energy commodities........................      3.465    227.204    222.961   -30.1    -1.9    -0.4     8.5     1.1 
   Services less energy services..............     56.285    267.008    266.894     1.5     0.0     0.0     0.2     0.1 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .463     $ .463       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .155     $ .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 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--    
                                               June      July      Aug.      Sep.                                                  
                                               2009      2009      2009      2009                                                  
                                                                                      Dec.    Mar.    June    Sep.    Mar.    Sep. 
                                                                                      2008    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  214.459   214.469   215.428   215.791   -12.4     2.2     3.3     2.5    -5.4     2.9 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  218.094   217.638   217.829   217.670     2.7    -0.7    -1.3    -0.8     1.0    -1.0 
   Food....................................  217.838   217.291   217.478   217.257     2.5    -0.8    -1.5    -1.1     0.8    -1.3 
    Food at home...........................  214.999   213.876   213.951   213.298     0.8    -3.6    -4.0    -3.1    -1.4    -3.6 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  251.576   251.380   251.049   251.711     6.9    -2.8    -3.6     0.2     2.0    -1.7 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  204.365   201.738   202.601   200.583     0.0    -4.3    -4.0    -7.2    -2.2    -5.6 
     Dairy and related products (1)........  194.197   193.118   192.381   193.353    -5.0   -19.5   -10.6    -1.7   -12.5    -6.2 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  276.092   275.379   273.410   270.064   -14.3    -2.8     0.4    -8.5    -8.7    -4.1 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  162.993   162.431   163.008   162.981     6.3     1.9    -4.3     0.0     4.1    -2.2 
     Other food at home....................  190.637   190.071   190.494   190.598     8.4     1.3    -3.7    -0.1     4.8    -1.9 
      Sugar and sweets.....................  196.818   194.193   194.991   197.000     9.2     6.6    -1.0     0.4     7.9    -0.3 
      Fats and oils........................  201.067   200.428   200.546   199.971     7.2   -10.6    -5.7    -2.2    -2.1    -3.9 
      Other foods..........................  204.694   204.528   204.958   204.773     8.5     2.3    -3.9     0.2     5.3    -1.9 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  122.224   121.990   121.892   122.099     9.0    -4.4    -0.6    -0.4     2.1    -0.5 
    Food away from home (1)................  223.163   223.345   223.675   224.003     4.6     2.8     1.7     1.5     3.7     1.6 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  155.841   156.570   156.697   157.302     5.4     0.9     3.7     3.8     3.1     3.8 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  220.105   220.815   221.072   221.709     5.4     0.3     1.4     2.9     2.8     2.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  216.984   216.612   216.726   216.770    -0.4    -0.5    -0.6    -0.4    -0.4    -0.5 
   Shelter.................................  249.861   249.410   249.658   249.655     1.0     0.6     1.6    -0.3     0.8     0.6 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  249.374   249.293   249.266   249.132     3.0     2.6     1.4    -0.4     2.8     0.5 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  134.507   131.742   132.411   134.342    -9.9   -19.1     3.6    -0.5   -14.6     1.5 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                             
        residence (3) (4)..................  257.138   257.073   257.278   256.911     1.8     2.5     1.4    -0.4     2.2     0.5 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  121.083   121.298   121.830   122.170     0.3     2.4     1.2     3.6     1.3     2.4 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  206.342   206.046   206.783   207.172    -9.0    -8.5   -14.0     1.6    -8.8    -6.5 
    Household energy.......................  183.526   182.927   183.374   183.627   -11.9   -10.9   -18.1     0.2   -11.4    -9.4 
     Fuel oil and other fuels..............  224.706   222.296   231.023   233.497   -65.9   -39.5   -12.3    16.6   -54.6     1.1 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3).......  189.362   188.839   188.839   188.979    -4.7    -8.5   -18.5    -0.8    -6.6   -10.1 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  160.401   161.408   162.756   163.402     6.4     3.0     6.7     7.7     4.7     7.2 
   Household furnishings and operations....  129.428   129.254   128.471   128.455     0.2     1.6     0.0    -3.0     0.9    -1.5 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  149.995   149.983   150.494   150.437     1.3     0.6    -2.4     1.2     1.0    -0.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  120.183   120.865   120.756   120.931    -4.6     5.3     1.5     2.5     0.2     2.0 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  114.009   113.251   113.938   112.991    -4.5    17.3    -6.7    -3.5     5.8    -5.1 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  108.388   109.695   109.390   109.688    -9.6     1.4     6.9     4.9    -4.2     5.9 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  115.667   114.831   116.235   116.350    -0.2     0.1     7.8     2.4     0.0     5.1 
   Footwear................................  126.438   127.790   127.504   127.603     2.2     3.2     3.0     3.7     2.7     3.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  178.843   179.180   183.312   184.750   -55.5     8.8    19.9    13.9   -30.4    16.9 
   Private transportation..................  174.831   174.949   179.110   180.352   -57.3    11.1    22.3    13.2   -31.1    17.7 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   93.227    93.501    93.155    93.605    -5.6     3.1     5.4     1.6    -1.3     3.5 
     New vehicles..........................  136.179   136.826   135.030   135.574    -4.8     7.0     6.6    -1.8     1.0     2.3 
     Used cars and trucks..................  123.851   123.848   126.157   128.153   -13.8   -15.3     7.2    14.6   -14.6    10.9 
    Motor fuel.............................  203.703   202.924   220.836   223.273   -93.5    37.4    88.1    44.3   -70.2    64.8 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  204.131   202.498   220.967   223.146   -93.9    47.4    91.6    42.8   -70.1    65.4 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  134.270   133.729   133.531   133.406     6.3     4.3    -0.6    -2.5     5.3    -1.6 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair                                                                                           
        (1)................................  242.683   243.031   243.494   244.493     3.8     4.7     0.9     3.0     4.3     2.0 
   Public transportation...................  227.003   231.418   234.384   239.281   -24.0   -17.1    -8.8    23.5   -20.6     6.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  375.203   375.851   376.919   378.555     2.7     4.0     3.6     3.6     3.3     3.6 
   Medical care commodities................  304.820   304.406   306.029   308.016     4.2     5.0     3.2     4.3     4.6     3.7 
   Medical care services...................  396.846   397.947   398.742   400.180     2.2     3.6     3.8     3.4     2.9     3.6 
    Professional services..................  319.339   319.810   320.262   321.405     2.4     1.7     3.7     2.6     2.1     3.2 
    Hospital and related services (3)......  565.707   569.494   572.422   575.812     4.2     8.8     6.0     7.3     6.5     6.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  114.592   114.612   114.731   114.585     0.0     1.8     0.3     0.0     0.9     0.1 
   Video and audio (2).....................  101.920   101.741   101.530   100.824    -2.1    -2.1     1.1    -4.2    -2.1    -1.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  127.366   127.751   127.967   128.074     3.2     2.9     2.9     2.2     3.0     2.6 
   Education (2)...........................  190.734   191.709   192.686   192.711     5.4     5.0     5.7     4.2     5.2     4.9 
    Educational books and supplies.........  480.501   486.256   489.280   490.667     4.7     4.7     8.6     8.7     4.7     8.7 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  548.730   551.241   554.000   553.955     5.5     5.0     5.5     3.9     5.3     4.7 
   Communication (2).......................   84.972    85.053    84.909    85.040     1.1     0.8     0.2     0.3     1.0     0.3 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (1) (2)............................   81.909    81.991    81.835    81.969     1.2     0.7    -0.5     0.3     1.0    -0.1 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............  102.182   102.643   102.674   102.968     1.5     1.2     0.8     3.1     1.3     1.9 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (1) (5)..................    9.731     9.604     9.499     9.467     0.2    -1.4    -5.6   -10.4    -0.6    -8.0 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (1) (6)................   83.476    80.838    78.576    77.997    -9.6   -10.1   -12.1   -23.8    -9.8   -18.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  370.235   373.084   373.425   374.442     1.3    13.5    10.9     4.6     7.2     7.7 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  746.283   762.907   763.634   771.089     3.4    61.2    45.9    14.0    29.1    28.9 
   Personal care...........................  204.231   204.714   204.899   204.919     0.7     1.6     0.8     1.4     1.2     1.1 
    Personal care products (1).............  162.301   162.887   162.476   162.372     4.5     3.3    -1.0     0.2     3.9    -0.4 
    Personal care services (1).............  227.572   227.325   227.580   228.286     3.0     3.0    -0.7     1.3     3.0     0.3 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  343.178   344.739   345.448   344.770    -1.9     0.4     2.1     1.9    -0.7     2.0 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  169.920   169.875   171.236   171.666   -28.5     4.5     7.9     4.2   -13.6     6.0 
  Food and beverages.......................  218.094   217.638   217.829   217.670     2.7    -0.7    -1.3    -0.8     1.0    -1.0 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  144.765   144.891   146.689   147.347   -42.6     8.0    14.2     7.3   -21.3    10.7 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  179.090   179.986   185.567   186.349   -60.0    13.9    21.0    17.2   -32.5    19.1 
    Apparel................................  120.183   120.865   120.756   120.931    -4.6     5.3     1.5     2.5     0.2     2.0 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  220.257   220.790   230.120   231.087   -69.9    16.8    30.7    21.2   -40.7    25.8 
   Durables................................  109.957   109.926   109.238   109.714    -5.1     0.2     3.5    -0.9    -2.5     1.3 
 Services..................................  258.780   258.833   259.344   259.617     0.8     0.8     0.3     1.3     0.8     0.8 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  260.267   259.779   260.033   260.233     1.3     0.1     1.4    -0.1     0.7     0.7 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   121.083   121.298   121.830   122.170     0.3     2.4     1.2     3.6     1.3     2.4 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  189.362   188.839   188.839   188.979    -4.7    -8.5   -18.5    -0.8    -6.6   -10.1 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  160.401   161.408   162.756   163.402     6.4     3.0     6.7     7.7     4.7     7.2 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  149.995   149.983   150.494   150.437     1.3     0.6    -2.4     1.2     1.0    -0.6 
  Transportation services..................  248.652   249.855   251.455   253.146    -2.0     2.4     0.4     7.4     0.2     3.9 
  Medical care services....................  396.846   397.947   398.742   400.180     2.2     3.6     3.8     3.4     2.9     3.6 
  Other services...........................  303.902   304.916   305.733   305.795     2.4     2.9     2.2     2.5     2.7     2.4 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  213.936   214.037   215.123   215.582   -14.6     2.7     4.1     3.1    -6.4     3.6 
 All items less shelter....................  202.989   203.183   204.437   204.951   -18.2     2.9     4.2     3.9    -8.2     4.1 
 All items less medical care...............  206.490   206.476   207.422   207.735   -13.3     2.0     3.3     2.4    -5.9     2.9 
 Commodities less food.....................  147.413   147.555   149.315   149.975   -41.2     7.6    13.6     7.1   -20.4    10.3 
 Nondurables less food.....................  181.572   182.401   187.699   188.493   -57.2    12.7    19.6    16.1   -30.6    17.8 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  219.267   219.772   228.214   229.166   -66.3    15.0    27.5    19.3   -37.8    23.3 
 Nondurables...............................  198.515   198.640   201.800   202.076   -34.9     5.7     8.5     7.4   -17.1     7.9 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  276.247   276.955   277.946   278.770     1.0     0.7    -1.6     3.7     0.9     1.0 
 Services less medical care services.......  247.530   247.503   248.063   248.397     1.2     0.2    -0.4     1.4     0.7     0.5 
 Energy....................................  191.584   190.905   199.667   200.959   -76.7     7.9    22.1    21.1   -49.9    21.6 
 All items less energy.....................  218.507   218.588   218.743   219.012     0.5     1.7     1.8     0.9     1.1     1.4 
  All items less food and energy...........  219.344   219.543   219.692   220.053     0.2     2.2     2.4     1.3     1.2     1.9 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  142.300   142.612   142.179   142.624    -2.4     3.8     4.1     0.9     0.7     2.5 
    Energy commodities.....................  206.131   205.261   222.805   225.260   -92.8    29.1    79.3    42.6   -69.4    59.9 
   Services less energy services...........  265.873   265.982   266.543   266.830     1.2     1.5     1.8     1.4     1.4     1.6 

   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                                          Sep. 2009 from--   Aug. 2009 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      June      July      Aug.      Sep.                                      
                                                          2009      2009      2009      2009    Sep.  July  Aug.  Aug.  June  July
                                                                                                2008  2009  2009  2008  2009  2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      215.693   215.351   215.834   215.969  -1.3   0.3   0.1  -1.5   0.1   0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      229.930   230.154   230.883   231.200  -0.7   0.5   0.1  -1.2   0.4   0.3 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      232.058   232.416   233.314   233.695  -0.7   0.6   0.2  -1.2   0.5   0.4 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      136.488   136.417   136.598   136.691  -0.7   0.2   0.1  -1.4   0.1   0.1 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      205.350   204.814   205.632   205.601  -1.7   0.4   0.0  -1.8   0.1   0.4 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      206.308   205.656   206.591   206.459  -1.8   0.4  -0.1  -1.8   0.1   0.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      131.640   131.366   131.748   131.812  -1.6   0.3   0.0  -1.7   0.1   0.3 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      201.157   200.908   201.823   201.918  -1.8   0.5   0.0  -2.1   0.3   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      209.343   208.819   209.000   208.912  -1.8   0.0   0.0  -1.6  -0.2   0.1 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      211.390   211.034   211.436   211.212  -1.7   0.1  -0.1  -1.4   0.0   0.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      133.056   132.736   132.729   132.722  -1.8   0.0   0.0  -1.7  -0.2   0.0 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      211.815   210.491   210.899   210.911  -2.0   0.2   0.0  -1.7  -0.4   0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      219.865   219.484   219.884   220.294  -0.8   0.4   0.2  -1.3   0.0   0.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      223.908   223.498   224.072   224.412  -0.7   0.4   0.2  -1.1   0.1   0.3 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      132.952   132.774   132.756   133.128  -1.3   0.3   0.3  -1.8  -0.1   0.0 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      197.214   196.987   197.614   197.724  -1.1   0.4   0.1  -1.3   0.2   0.3 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      133.220   132.975   133.069   133.165  -1.5   0.1   0.1  -1.7  -0.1   0.1 
   D.........................................    M      208.543   207.784   208.369   208.503  -1.5   0.3   0.1  -1.8  -0.1   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      211.010   210.906   211.441   211.345  -1.9   0.2   0.0  -2.1   0.2   0.3 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      223.906   224.010   224.507   225.226  -1.0   0.5   0.3  -1.7   0.3   0.2 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      237.172   237.600   238.282   238.568  -0.6   0.4   0.1  -0.9   0.5   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1            -   233.018         -   236.596  -0.8   1.5     -     -     -     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1            -   200.558         -   201.836  -2.1   0.6     -     -     -     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1            -   200.663         -   201.802  -2.0   0.6     -     -     -     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1            -   140.810         -   140.945  -0.8   0.1     -     -     -     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2      203.585         -   203.351         -     -     -     -  -3.8  -0.1     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2      204.537         -   204.673         -     -     -     -  -2.3   0.1     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2      192.325         -   191.687         -     -     -     -  -0.5  -0.3     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2      221.485         -   221.306         -     -     -     -  -1.8  -0.1     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2      223.810         -   226.039         -     -     -     -  -1.0   1.0     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2      225.692         -   225.801         -     -     -     -   0.2   0.0     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2      227.257         -   227.138         -     -     -     -  -0.3  -0.1     - 

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



 Table 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 Sep. 2009    percent change from- 
                     CPI-W                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2008       Aug.       Sep.                      June    July    Aug. 
                                                              2009       2009      Sep.    Aug.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2008    2009    July    Aug.    Sep. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    211.156    211.322    -1.7     0.1     0.0     0.6     0.2 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    628.970    629.462       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     16.942    216.957    216.734    -0.2    -0.1    -0.2     0.1    -0.1 
   Food.......................................     15.865    216.539    216.313    -0.4    -0.1    -0.3     0.1    -0.1 
    Food at home..............................      9.201    212.623    212.010    -2.6    -0.3    -0.5     0.0    -0.3 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.249    252.932    251.754     0.1    -0.5    -0.1    -0.1     0.2 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      2.315    202.483    201.087    -4.0    -0.7    -1.3     0.4    -1.1 
     Dairy and related products (1)...........       .992    191.048    192.048    -9.8     0.5    -0.6    -0.4     0.5 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.266    265.730    265.810    -6.6     0.0    -0.1    -0.9    -1.1 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................      1.167    162.433    162.396     1.0     0.0    -0.4     0.3     0.0 
     Other food at home.......................      2.212    190.704    189.892     1.3    -0.4    -0.3     0.3     0.0 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .304    194.511    196.027     3.8     0.8    -1.4     0.5     1.0 
      Fats and oils...........................       .274    201.199    200.621    -3.1    -0.3    -0.4     0.1    -0.3 
      Other foods.............................      1.634    206.210    204.823     1.6    -0.7    -0.1     0.3    -0.1 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .472    122.217    122.496     0.7     0.2    -0.3     0.1     0.2 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.664    223.789    224.102     2.7     0.1     0.1     0.2     0.1 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .233    156.769    157.132     3.8     0.2     1.2    -0.1     0.2 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.077    221.618    221.454     2.7    -0.1     0.4     0.2     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     41.313    213.824    213.391    -0.3    -0.2    -0.1     0.0     0.0 
   Shelter....................................     31.224    243.279    242.816     1.1    -0.2    -0.1     0.1     0.0 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      8.279    247.601    247.500     1.5     0.0     0.0     0.0    -0.1 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      1.209    138.543    134.803    -5.5    -2.7    -1.6     0.2     1.5 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................     21.430    232.977    232.731     1.3    -0.1     0.0     0.1    -0.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .306    122.254    122.644     2.0     0.3     0.2     0.4     0.3 
   Fuels and utilities........................      6.030    211.808    210.796    -7.0    -0.5    -0.1     0.3     0.3 
    Household energy..........................      4.996    188.125    186.967    -9.5    -0.6    -0.3     0.1     0.2 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .283    239.435    238.006   -31.2    -0.6    -1.1     3.7     0.8 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      4.713    194.211    193.013    -7.8    -0.6    -0.2    -0.1     0.2 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................      1.035    163.567    163.808     5.9     0.1     0.6     0.9     0.4 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.059    124.219    124.351    -0.1     0.1    -0.1    -0.6     0.2 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .360    153.667    153.648     0.5     0.0    -0.1     0.7     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.979    117.095    122.176     1.0     4.3     0.6     0.0     0.2 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................      1.024    111.629    113.682     0.6     1.8    -0.4     0.7    -0.7 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.568    103.727    112.086    -0.2     8.1     1.3    -0.2     0.7 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .249    116.482    119.075     2.9     2.2    -0.6     0.8     0.3 
   Footwear...................................       .840    125.880    128.988     3.3     2.5     1.0    -0.2    -0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     17.067    182.541    182.024   -11.1    -0.3     0.1     2.7     0.8 
   Private transportation.....................     16.284    179.368    178.801   -11.3    -0.3     0.0     2.8     0.7 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      7.627     91.129     91.599     0.3     0.5     0.2     0.1     0.7 
     New vehicles.............................      4.057    135.130    135.672     1.6     0.4     0.5    -1.3     0.4 
     Used cars and trucks.....................      2.863    128.781    130.122    -2.7     1.0     0.0     1.9     1.5 
    Motor fuel................................      4.029    225.797    221.241   -30.1    -2.0    -0.5     8.8     1.0 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      3.770    226.007    221.197   -29.9    -2.1    -0.9     9.1     0.8 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .482    133.587    133.504     1.9    -0.1    -0.4    -0.1    -0.1 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair (1)..      1.242    245.871    246.850     3.0     0.4     0.1     0.2     0.4 
   Public transportation......................       .784    237.029    238.225    -7.7     0.5     2.0     1.2     1.9 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      5.355    377.007    378.263     3.6     0.3     0.2     0.3     0.5 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.320    297.379    299.098     4.1     0.6    -0.2     0.5     0.6 
   Medical care services......................      4.035    400.204    401.217     3.4     0.3     0.3     0.2     0.4 
    Professional services.....................      2.234    322.964    323.577     2.7     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.4 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.338    567.545    570.697     6.8     0.6     0.7     0.6     0.7 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.454    111.453    111.205     0.3    -0.2     0.0     0.0    -0.2 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.982    101.867    101.228    -1.5    -0.6    -0.1    -0.2    -0.7 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.221    123.579    124.322     2.4     0.6     0.3     0.1     0.1 
   Education (2)..............................      2.527    190.222    192.552     4.9     1.2     0.6     0.4     0.0 
    Educational books and supplies............       .219    493.615    496.691     6.7     0.6     1.3     0.4     0.4 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.308    534.825    541.688     4.7     1.3     0.5     0.5     0.0 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.694     87.667     87.810     0.7     0.2     0.1    -0.1     0.2 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      3.568     85.532     85.676     0.5     0.2     0.2    -0.1     0.2 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.965    102.613    102.896     1.5     0.3     0.4     0.0     0.3 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................       .604     10.012      9.975    -4.2    -0.4    -1.2    -1.0    -0.4 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (6)...................       .202     78.480     77.835   -14.2    -0.8    -3.1    -2.8    -0.8 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.668    398.228    400.245    10.8     0.5     1.0     0.1     0.4 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........      1.267    768.483    776.198    29.3     1.0     2.1     0.1     1.0 
   Personal care..............................      2.401    202.221    202.576     1.1     0.2     0.2     0.1     0.0 
    Personal care products (1)................       .662    162.415    162.312     1.6    -0.1     0.4    -0.2    -0.1 
    Personal care services (1)................       .580    227.751    228.480     1.6     0.3    -0.1     0.1     0.3 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........       .947    347.402    347.658     0.7     0.1     0.4     0.3    -0.1 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     42.689    173.379    173.777    -4.9     0.2     0.0     1.0     0.3 
  Food and beverages..........................     16.942    216.957    216.734    -0.2    -0.1    -0.2     0.1    -0.1 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     25.747    150.209    150.851    -7.4     0.4     0.1     1.6     0.6 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     14.587    192.365    193.225   -11.3     0.4     0.3     3.5     0.4 
    Apparel...................................      3.979    117.095    122.176     1.0     4.3     0.6     0.0     0.2 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     10.609    243.461    241.657   -14.6    -0.7     0.2     4.7     0.4 
   Durables...................................     11.160    109.039    109.470    -0.9     0.4     0.0    -0.3     0.6 
 Services.....................................     57.311    255.342    255.244     0.9     0.0     0.1     0.2     0.1 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     30.918    234.537    234.079     1.1    -0.2    -0.1     0.1     0.0 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .306    122.254    122.644     2.0     0.3     0.2     0.4     0.3 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      4.713    194.211    193.013    -7.8    -0.6    -0.2    -0.1     0.2 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................      1.035    163.567    163.808     5.9     0.1     0.6     0.9     0.4 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .360    153.667    153.648     0.5     0.0    -0.1     0.7     0.0 
  Transportation services.....................      5.512    251.880    252.805     2.9     0.4     0.4     0.6     0.6 
  Medical care services.......................      4.035    400.204    401.217     3.4     0.3     0.3     0.2     0.4 
  Other services..............................     10.432    293.266    294.190     2.2     0.3     0.4     0.2     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     84.135    210.021    210.255    -1.9     0.1     0.1     0.6     0.2 
 All items less shelter.......................     68.776    201.726    202.123    -2.9     0.2     0.1     0.8     0.3 
 All items less medical care..................     94.645    204.341    204.472    -2.0     0.1     0.0     0.6     0.2 
 Commodities less food........................     26.824    152.606    153.229    -7.1     0.4     0.1     1.6     0.5 
 Nondurables less food........................     15.664    194.170    194.978   -10.6     0.4     0.3     3.3     0.3 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     11.686    240.515    238.857   -13.5    -0.7     0.2     4.3     0.4 
 Nondurables..................................     31.530    205.017    205.374    -6.1     0.2     0.0     1.8     0.1 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     26.392    247.308    247.664     0.8     0.1     0.2     0.4     0.3 
 Services less medical care services..........     53.275    244.857    244.707     0.8    -0.1     0.0     0.2     0.1 
 Energy.......................................      9.024    205.144    202.287   -22.2    -1.4    -0.4     4.8     0.6 
 All items less energy........................     90.976    212.823    213.363     1.4     0.3     0.1     0.1     0.1 
  All items less food and energy..............     75.111    212.449    213.144     1.8     0.3     0.1     0.1     0.2 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     22.513    142.634    144.148     1.9     1.1     0.3    -0.1     0.4 
    Energy commodities........................      4.311    227.506    223.048   -30.2    -2.0    -0.5     8.6     1.0 
   Services less energy services..............     52.598    261.960    261.990     1.8     0.0     0.1     0.2     0.1 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .474     $ .473       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .159     $ .159       -       -       -       -       - 

   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--    
                                               June      July      Aug.      Sep.                                                  
                                               2009      2009      2009      2009                                                  
                                                                                      Dec.    Mar.    June    Sep.    Mar.    Sep. 
                                                                                      2008    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  209.534   209.598   210.758   211.136   -15.3     2.6     4.2     3.1    -6.8     3.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  217.312   216.821   217.045   216.778     2.8    -1.1    -1.4    -1.0     0.9    -1.2 
   Food....................................  216.977   216.395   216.610   216.317     2.6    -1.1    -1.6    -1.2     0.7    -1.4 
    Food at home...........................  213.806   212.646   212.744   212.018     0.9    -3.9    -3.9    -3.3    -1.5    -3.6 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  252.211   251.916   251.677   252.195     7.4    -2.9    -3.6     0.0     2.1    -1.8 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  203.845   201.245   202.128   199.912     0.5    -4.4    -4.5    -7.5    -2.0    -6.0 
     Dairy and related products (1)........  192.898   191.783   191.048   192.048    -5.4   -20.8   -10.0    -1.8   -13.4    -6.0 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  273.813   273.468   270.988   268.099   -15.1    -4.1     1.5    -8.1    -9.8    -3.4 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  162.608   161.977   162.465   162.444     6.9     2.4    -4.7    -0.4     4.6    -2.6 
     Other food at home....................  190.000   189.366   189.945   189.934     7.9     1.3    -3.5    -0.1     4.5    -1.9 
      Sugar and sweets.....................  195.695   193.001   194.039   195.992     9.4     6.4    -1.0     0.6     7.9    -0.2 
      Fats and oils........................  201.926   201.077   201.203   200.499     7.4   -11.1    -5.1    -2.8    -2.3    -3.9 
      Other foods..........................  204.831   204.578   205.196   204.911     7.7     2.5    -3.8     0.2     5.1    -1.8 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  122.537   122.119   122.217   122.496     8.7    -4.1    -1.0    -0.1     2.1    -0.6 
    Food away from home (1)................  223.186   223.408   223.789   224.102     5.0     2.7     1.5     1.7     3.9     1.6 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  155.091   156.904   156.769   157.132     6.3     1.1     2.7     5.4     3.6     4.0 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  220.755   221.612   221.978   222.073     6.1    -0.1     2.3     2.4     3.0     2.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  212.972   212.765   212.823   212.863     0.0    -0.1    -0.9    -0.2     0.0    -0.6 
   Shelter.................................  243.100   242.884   243.044   242.930     1.8     1.5     1.4    -0.3     1.7     0.6 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  247.966   247.880   247.869   247.669     2.9     2.4     1.3    -0.5     2.7     0.4 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  135.271   133.136   133.451   135.480    -6.4   -18.4     3.9     0.6   -12.6     2.2 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                             
        residence (3) (4)..................  232.942   232.879   233.061   232.761     1.9     2.5     1.3    -0.3     2.2     0.5 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  121.529   121.765   122.254   122.644     0.3     2.5     1.4     3.7     1.4     2.6 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  205.493   205.268   205.839   206.356    -8.2    -8.6   -13.5     1.7    -8.4    -6.2 
    Household energy.......................  181.978   181.483   181.747   182.153   -10.8   -10.8   -17.4     0.4   -10.8    -8.9 
     Fuel oil and other fuels..............  227.677   225.175   233.552   235.480   -63.1   -37.4   -15.2    14.4   -51.9    -1.5 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3).......  188.044   187.619   187.525   187.880    -5.3    -9.0   -17.5    -0.3    -7.2    -9.3 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  160.813   161.801   163.201   163.808     6.5     3.0     6.7     7.7     4.7     7.2 
   Household furnishings and operations....  125.313   125.131   124.347   124.592    -0.3     1.2     0.9    -2.3     0.5    -0.7 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  152.658   152.577   153.667   153.648    -0.1     1.1    -1.5     2.6     0.5     0.5 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  119.963   120.666   120.672   120.949    -6.0     5.4     1.6     3.3    -0.5     2.5 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  114.537   114.086   114.936   114.131    -5.2    18.2    -7.2    -1.4     5.9    -4.4 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  107.602   109.019   108.852   109.649   -13.2     0.7     5.4     7.8    -6.5     6.6 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  118.686   117.941   118.857   119.258    -0.9     0.3    10.5     1.9    -0.3     6.2 
   Footwear................................  127.062   128.313   128.063   127.912     2.4     4.3     3.8     2.7     3.3     3.3 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  176.300   176.456   181.285   182.716   -59.7     8.8    22.9    15.4   -33.8    19.1 
   Private transportation..................  173.329   173.340   178.196   179.519   -60.8    10.1    24.4    15.1   -34.3    19.7 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   90.664    90.888    90.936    91.560    -7.2    -0.7     5.7     4.0    -4.0     4.8 
     New vehicles..........................  137.234   137.855   136.112   136.675    -5.0     7.4     6.3    -1.6     1.0     2.3 
     Used cars and trucks..................  124.559   124.569   126.950   128.878   -13.7   -15.6     7.6    14.6   -14.7    11.0 
    Motor fuel.............................  204.503   203.579   221.467   223.652   -93.6    37.7    87.8    43.1   -70.2    63.9 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  205.099   203.341   221.758   223.578   -93.9    47.5    91.6    41.2   -70.1    64.5 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  134.273   133.787   133.587   133.504     7.0     3.6    -0.6    -2.3     5.3    -1.5 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair                                                                                           
        (1)................................  245.129   245.421   245.871   246.850     3.9     4.7     0.8     2.8     4.3     1.8 
   Public transportation...................  226.048   230.677   233.494   237.928   -24.5   -15.7    -7.1    22.7   -20.2     6.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  375.650   376.321   377.444   379.213     2.5     4.1     3.8     3.8     3.3     3.8 
   Medical care commodities................  296.547   296.084   297.712   299.487     3.9     5.3     3.1     4.0     4.6     3.6 
   Medical care services...................  398.660   399.808   400.673   402.384     2.1     3.7     4.0     3.8     2.9     3.9 
    Professional services..................  322.098   322.537   322.955   324.248     2.5     2.0     3.7     2.7     2.2     3.2 
    Hospital and related services (3)......  562.806   566.848   570.031   573.743     3.5     9.2     6.5     8.0     6.3     7.3 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  111.423   111.418   111.415   111.147    -0.2     1.9     0.4    -1.0     0.9    -0.3 
   Video and audio (2).....................  102.220   102.121   101.924   101.243    -2.0    -2.2     1.9    -3.8    -2.1    -1.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  122.940   123.348   123.479   123.601     2.8     2.2     2.2     2.2     2.5     2.2 
   Education (2)...........................  187.894   189.018   189.859   189.872     5.5     4.5     5.3     4.3     5.0     4.8 
    Educational books and supplies.........  483.813   490.109   491.859   493.984     4.4     4.5     9.2     8.7     4.5     8.9 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  528.674   531.480   533.890   533.704     5.6     4.4     4.9     3.9     5.0     4.4 
   Communication (2).......................   87.650    87.778    87.664    87.807     1.1     0.8     0.2     0.7     0.9     0.4 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (1) (2)............................   85.524    85.653    85.532    85.676     1.2     0.7    -0.3     0.7     0.9     0.2 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............  102.153   102.587   102.613   102.896     1.5     1.0     0.7     2.9     1.2     1.8 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (1) (5)..................   10.238    10.113    10.012     9.975    -0.3    -1.1    -5.3    -9.9    -0.7    -7.6 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (1) (6)................   83.278    80.736    78.480    77.835   -10.8    -9.5   -12.1   -23.7   -10.1   -18.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  394.708   398.522   398.801   400.504     2.2    19.5    16.6     6.0    10.5    11.2 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  752.078   768.005   768.483   776.198     3.6    60.9    47.8    13.5    29.1    29.5 
   Personal care...........................  202.115   202.553   202.705   202.795     1.4     1.2     0.6     1.4     1.3     1.0 
    Personal care products (1).............  162.165   162.767   162.415   162.312     4.0     3.1    -0.9     0.4     3.5    -0.3 
    Personal care services (1).............  227.800   227.512   227.751   228.480     3.0     2.9    -0.7     1.2     2.9     0.2 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  345.423   346.809   347.691   347.345    -1.2    -0.2     2.0     2.2    -0.7     2.1 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  171.618   171.568   173.366   173.885   -32.5     4.8     9.6     5.4   -15.9     7.5 
  Food and beverages.......................  217.312   216.821   217.045   216.778     2.8    -1.1    -1.4    -1.0     0.9    -1.2 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  147.626   147.760   150.154   150.983   -47.5     8.8    17.1     9.4   -24.4    13.2 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  186.685   187.184   193.645   194.337   -64.9    17.5    27.7    17.4   -35.7    22.4 
    Apparel................................  119.963   120.666   120.672   120.949    -6.0     5.4     1.6     3.3    -0.5     2.5 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  231.872   232.430   243.283   244.219   -74.2    21.8    37.4    23.1   -43.9    30.0 
   Durables................................  109.361   109.321   108.994   109.657    -6.5    -2.0     4.2     1.1    -4.3     2.6 
 Services..................................  253.882   254.063   254.480   254.679     1.2     1.1     0.1     1.3     1.2     0.7 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  234.253   234.008   234.179   234.254     2.0     1.0     1.3     0.0     1.5     0.7 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   121.529   121.765   122.254   122.644     0.3     2.5     1.4     3.7     1.4     2.6 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  188.044   187.619   187.525   187.880    -5.3    -9.0   -17.5    -0.3    -7.2    -9.3 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  160.813   161.801   163.201   163.808     6.5     3.0     6.7     7.7     4.7     7.2 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  152.658   152.577   153.667   153.648    -0.1     1.1    -1.5     2.6     0.5     0.5 
  Transportation services..................  249.202   250.263   251.654   253.079     0.0     3.6     1.7     6.4     1.8     4.0 
  Medical care services....................  398.660   399.808   400.673   402.384     2.1     3.7     4.0     3.8     2.9     3.9 
  Other services...........................  291.473   292.500   293.179   293.119     2.3     2.5     1.8     2.3     2.4     2.1 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  208.040   208.216   209.541   210.036   -18.3     3.3     5.3     3.9    -8.1     4.6 
 All items less shelter....................  199.559   199.725   201.265   201.826   -21.9     3.1     5.4     4.6   -10.3     5.0 
 All items less medical care...............  202.725   202.769   203.921   204.253   -16.2     2.5     4.2     3.0    -7.3     3.6 
 Commodities less food.....................  150.057   150.211   152.561   153.374   -46.1     8.4    16.5     9.1   -23.6    12.8 
 Nondurables less food.....................  188.704   189.232   195.417   196.084   -62.5    16.3    25.7    16.6   -33.9    21.1 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  229.919   230.427   240.380   241.279   -71.2    19.7    34.0    21.3   -41.3    27.5 
 Nondurables...............................  202.033   201.960   205.614   205.775   -39.5     7.3    11.2     7.6   -19.4     9.4 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  244.247   244.854   245.730   246.381     0.9     0.4    -1.8     3.5     0.7     0.9 
 Services less medical care services.......  243.257   243.332   243.823   244.068     1.6     0.5    -0.4     1.3     1.0     0.5 
 Energy....................................  191.437   190.731   199.863   201.160   -78.5     9.5    25.8    21.9   -51.5    23.9 
 All items less energy.....................  212.687   212.846   213.027   213.292     0.7     1.9     2.1     1.1     1.3     1.6 
  All items less food and energy...........  212.196   212.505   212.680   213.059     0.2     2.6     2.9     1.6     1.4     2.2 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  143.218   143.589   143.376   143.992    -3.3     3.7     5.4     2.2     0.1     3.8 
    Energy commodities.....................  206.474   205.483   223.093   225.279   -93.0    31.6    80.9    41.7   -69.6    60.1 
   Services less energy services...........  261.053   261.304   261.781   261.962     1.8     2.1     1.8     1.4     2.0     1.6 

   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                                          Sep. 2009 from--   Aug. 2009 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      June      July      Aug.      Sep.                                      
                                                          2009      2009      2009      2009    Sep.  July  Aug.  Aug.  June  July
                                                                                                2008  2009  2009  2008  2009  2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      210.972   210.526   211.156   211.322  -1.7   0.4   0.1  -1.9   0.1   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      226.695   226.714   227.598   228.158  -0.8   0.6   0.2  -1.4   0.4   0.4 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      227.337   227.550   228.472   229.067  -0.7   0.7   0.3  -1.3   0.5   0.4 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      136.888   136.626   137.109   137.400  -1.1   0.6   0.2  -1.6   0.2   0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      200.487   199.824   200.723   200.658  -2.1   0.4   0.0  -2.1   0.1   0.4 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      200.356   199.611   200.710   200.566  -2.2   0.5  -0.1  -2.1   0.2   0.6 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      131.554   131.096   131.481   131.497  -2.0   0.3   0.0  -2.1  -0.1   0.3 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      198.674   198.455   199.404   199.416  -2.3   0.5   0.0  -2.6   0.4   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      205.968   205.415   205.867   205.726  -2.3   0.2  -0.1  -2.1   0.0   0.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      208.909   208.492   208.995   208.677  -2.3   0.1  -0.2  -2.1   0.0   0.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      131.382   131.063   131.302   131.284  -2.2   0.2   0.0  -2.1  -0.1   0.2 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      211.721   210.341   211.088   210.922  -2.7   0.3  -0.1  -2.3  -0.3   0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      213.973   213.541   213.988   214.490  -1.2   0.4   0.2  -1.8   0.0   0.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      216.395   215.955   216.539   217.000  -1.0   0.5   0.2  -1.5   0.1   0.3 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      132.517   132.314   132.407   132.773  -1.6   0.3   0.3  -2.3  -0.1   0.1 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      195.414   195.096   195.796   195.957  -1.5   0.4   0.1  -1.7   0.2   0.4 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      132.384   132.069   132.341   132.450  -1.9   0.3   0.1  -2.1   0.0   0.2 
   D.........................................    M      206.327   205.504   206.271   206.341  -2.1   0.4   0.0  -2.3   0.0   0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      203.691   203.554   204.246   204.278  -2.3   0.4   0.0  -2.5   0.3   0.3 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      216.145   216.128   216.628   217.302  -1.4   0.5   0.3  -2.1   0.2   0.2 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      231.916   232.177   232.841   233.502  -0.5   0.6   0.3  -1.1   0.4   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1            -   232.535         -   235.744  -1.0   1.4     -     -     -     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1            -   191.494         -   192.800  -2.3   0.7     -     -     -     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1            -   203.075         -   204.298  -2.6   0.6     -     -     -     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1            -   140.434         -   140.701  -0.7   0.2     -     -     -     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2      202.632         -   202.276         -     -     -     -  -4.2  -0.2     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2      199.977         -   200.169         -     -     -     -  -2.6   0.1     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2      189.979         -   189.503         -     -     -     -  -1.9  -0.3     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2      219.091         -   219.000         -     -     -     -  -2.5   0.0     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2      223.361         -   225.481         -     -     -     -  -1.2   0.9     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2      220.996         -   221.279         -     -     -     -   0.0   0.1     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2      221.993         -   221.873         -     -     -     -  -0.6  -0.1     - 

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



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

 (December 1999=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                  
                                                                                                  
                                                                                    Unadjusted    
                                                 Relative       Unadjusted      percent change to 
                                               importance,       indexes         Sep. 2009 from-  
                    C-CPI-U                     December                                          
                                                2005-2006                                         
                                                              Aug.      Sep.      Sep.      Aug.  
                                                              2009      2009      2008      2009  
                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                  
             Expenditure category                                                                 
                                                                                                  
 All items....................................    100.000   123.955   124.021      -1.4       0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Food and beverages..........................     14.726   127.588   127.542      -0.1       0.0 
   Food.......................................     13.648   127.577   127.505      -0.3      -0.1 
    Food at home..............................      7.557   122.743   122.477      -2.6      -0.2 
    Food away from home.......................      6.091   133.847   134.038       2.6       0.1 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.077   128.076   128.371       2.5       0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Housing.....................................     42.421   128.915   128.505      -0.7      -0.3 
   Shelter....................................     32.409   131.803   131.413       0.7      -0.3 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.004   155.255   154.183      -8.7      -0.7 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      5.008    95.121    95.039      -0.7      -0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Apparel.....................................      3.988    86.232    90.302       0.8       4.7 
                                                                                                  
  Transportation..............................     17.393   123.872   123.573      -8.4      -0.2 
   Private transportation.....................     16.285   124.468   124.115      -8.4      -0.3 
   Public transportation......................      1.108   116.847   117.307      -8.2       0.4 
                                                                                                  
  Medical care................................      6.085   146.130   146.587       3.3       0.3 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.615   129.138   129.938       4.0       0.6 
   Medical care services......................      4.470   152.392   152.700       3.0       0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Recreation..................................      5.935   105.236   104.955      -0.9      -0.3 
                                                                                                  
  Education and communication.................      6.196   110.825   111.486       2.1       0.6 
   Education..................................      2.771   178.469   180.639       5.0       1.2 
   Communication..............................      3.425    73.787    73.860      -0.1       0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Other goods and services....................      3.257   133.832   134.310       4.0       0.4 
                                                                                                  
          Commodity and service group                                                             
                                                                                                  
 Services.....................................     58.427   134.454   134.306       0.5      -0.1 
 Commodities..................................     41.573   111.158   111.473      -3.9       0.3 
  Durables....................................     11.817    80.544    80.658      -1.4       0.1 
 Nondurables..................................     29.756   127.059   127.490      -4.9       0.3 
  All items less food and energy..............     77.561   118.763   119.059       1.1       0.2 
 Energy.......................................      8.790   174.258   171.660     -21.8      -1.5 

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

Last Modified Date: October 15, 2009
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