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Consumer Price Index News Release


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                   CONSUMER PRICE INDEX:  NOVEMBER 2008
 
      The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) decreased
 1.9 percent in November, before seasonal adjustment, the Bureau of Labor
 Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.  The November
 level of 212.425 (1982-84=100) was 1.1 percent higher than in November
 2007.
      
      The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
 (CPI-W) decreased 2.3 percent in November, prior to seasonal adjustment.
 The November level of 207.296 (1982-84=100) was 0.7 percent higher than in
 November 2007.
      
      The Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U)
 decreased 2.0 percent in November on a not seasonally adjusted basis.  The
 November level of 122.284 (December 1999=100) was 0.7 percent higher than
 in November 2007.  Please note that the indexes for the post-2006 period
 are subject to revision.
      
 CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
      
      On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI-U decreased 1.7 percent in
 November, the second consecutive record decrease.  For the 12 month period
 ending in November the CPI was up 1.1 percent, compared to 5.6 percent for
 the twelve months ending July of this year.  Falling energy prices,
 particularly gasoline, drove the decline in the overall index.  Excluding
 energy, the index was virtually unchanged.
      
      The energy index fell 17.0 percent in November.  The decrease was
 about twice the October decline and energy prices are now 32.4 percent
 below the July peak earlier this year.  The gasoline index fell 29.5
 percent in November and gas prices are now 47.0 percent below their July
 peak.  The natural gas index also (cont.)

 Table A. Percent changes in CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
                                                                                  
                                                                                  
                                     Seasonally adjusted                          
                                                                                  
                                                                                  
     Expenditure                                                Compound          
      Category              Changes from preceding month         annual     Un-   
                                                                  rate    adjusted
                                                                 3-mos.   12-mos. 
                      May   June  July  Aug.  Sep.  Oct.  Nov.   ended     ended  
                      2008  2008  2008  2008  2008  2008  2008 Nov. 2008 Nov. 2008
                                                                                                                                                                    
 All items..........    .6   1.1    .8   -.1    .0  -1.0  -1.7     -10.2       1.1
  Food and beverages    .3    .7    .9    .6    .6    .3    .2       4.1       5.9
  Housing...........    .5    .5    .6   -.1   -.1    .0   -.1      -1.0       2.7
  Apparel...........   -.3    .1   1.2    .5   -.1  -1.0    .3      -3.3        .0
  Transportation....   2.0   3.8   1.7  -1.5   -.6  -5.4  -9.8     -48.1      -8.9
  Medical care......    .2    .2    .1    .2    .3    .2    .2       2.9       2.7
  Recreation........    .1    .1    .4    .5    .2    .1    .0       1.2       2.0
  Education and                                                                   
     communication..    .4    .5    .5    .2    .1    .2    .2       2.1       3.6
  Other goods and                                                                 
     services.......    .4    .4    .4    .2    .2    .3    .0       1.9       3.8
 Special indexes:                                                                 
  Energy............   4.4   6.6   4.0  -3.1  -1.9  -8.6 -17.0     -69.3     -13.3
  Food..............    .3    .8    .9    .6    .6    .3    .2       4.0       6.0
  All items less                                                                  
     food and energy    .2    .3    .3    .2    .1   -.1    .0        .4       2.0

 declined in November, the fourth consecutive decrease.  After seasonal 
 adjustment, the index was down 21.7 percent from July to November.
 
     Food prices increased 0.2 percent November following a 0.3 percent
 rise in October.  Excluding food and energy, the CPI was virtually
 unchanged in November and is up 2.0 percent since November 2007.
 Continuing declines in the indexes for new and used motor vehicles,
 lodging away from home, airline fares and some technology-related
 commodities offset small increases in a variety of other service and
 commodity items.
      
      For the first eleven months of 2008, the all items index rose at a
 seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) of 0.7 percent after increasing
 4.1 percent in all of 2007.  The energy index, which rose 17.4 percent
 during 2007, has declined at a SAAR of 16.0 percent through the first
 eleven months of 2008.  The food index has risen at a 6.5 percent SAAR for
 the first eleven months of 2008 after increasing 4.9 percent in 2007.
 Excluding food and energy, the CPI has advanced at a 1.9 percent SAAR so
 far in 2008 after rising 2.4 percent in 2007.
      
      The food and beverages index rose 0.2 percent in November after
 increasing 0.3 percent in October.  The food at home index was unchanged
 in November.  The index for meat, poultry, fish and eggs turned down in
 November for the first time since February, falling 0.7 percent as the
 indexes for beef, fish, and eggs all declined.  The fruits and vegetables
 index also declined for the third month in a row, with the decrease being
 driven by a decline in the fresh fruits index.  These declines were offset
 by increases in the other grocery store food groups, including a 0.6
 percent advance in the other food at home index and a 0.4 percent increase
 in the index for dairy and related products.  Compared to November 2007,
 the food at home index was up 7.0 percent, with the largest increase in
 the cereal and bakery products index at 12.0 percent and the smallest
 increase in dairy and related products at 3.5 percent.  The food away from
 home index rose 0.3 percent in November and the index for alcoholic
 beverages increased 0.5 percent.
      
      The housing index fell 0.1 percent in November after being virtually
 unchanged in October.  The index for shelter, virtually unchanged in
 October, rose 0.2 percent in November.  Within shelter, the indexes for
 rent and owners' equivalent rent both rose 0.3 percent, while the index
 for lodging away from home fell 1.1 percent in November, its second
 straight significant decline.  The index for household energy, down 0.9
 percent in October, fell 2.0 percent in November.  Both the fuel oil and
 natural gas indexes posted substantial declines for the fourth consecutive
 month; the fuel oil index decreased 14.6 percent in November and the
 natural gas index fell 5.2 percent.  The electricity index rose for the
 second straight month, increasing 0.6 percent in November.  The index for
 household furnishings and operations, virtually unchanged in October, fell
 0.2 percent in November.
      
       The transportation index declined 9.8 percent in November after
 falling 5.4 percent in October as several major components of the index
 continued to decline.  The index for motor fuel fell 29.0 percent in
 November after decreasing 13.9 percent in October and is 28.6 percent
 lower than in November 2007.  New and used motor vehicles, down 0.7
 percent in October, fell 0.9 percent in November.  The index for used cars
 and trucks declined 2.2 percent in November and the new vehicles index
 fell 0.6 percent and has declined 2.9 percent since November 2007.  The
 index for public transportation, down 3.3 percent in October, fell 2.7
 percent in November, with the airline fare index declining 4.0 percent.
 It was the third consecutive decrease in the airline fare index, but it is
 still up 4.0 percent since November 2007.
      
      The apparel index turned up in November, rising 0.3 percent after
 declining 1.0 percent in October.  (Before seasonal adjustment, apparel
 prices declined 0.8 percent in November and are virtually unchanged from
 their November 2007 level.)
      
      The index for medical care rose 0.2 percent in November, the same
 increase as in October, and was 2.7 percent higher than in November 2007.
 The medical care commodities index rose 0.6 percent in November following
 a 0.2 percent increase in October as the index for prescription drugs rose
 0.6 percent in November after increasing 0.3 percent in each of the two
 prior months.  The index for medical care services rose 0.1 percent in
 November after rising 0.2 percent in October.  Within medical care
 services, the physicians' services index rose 0.3 percent after increasing
 0.1 percent in October and the index for hospital and related services was
 virtually unchanged in November after advancing 0.4 percent in October.
      
      After rising 0.1 percent in October, the index for recreation was
 virtually unchanged in November.  The indexes for video and audio and for
 toys decreased in November while the indexes for pets, pet products and
 services, for sporting goods, and for admissions all posted increases.
      
      The index for education and communication rose 0.2 percent in
 November, the same increase as the previous month.  The index for
 education repeated its October increase of 0.4 percent while the
 communication index rose 0.1 percent after being virtually unchanged in
 October.  Within communication, the telephone services index rose 0.1
 percent while the index for information technology, hardware and services
 declined 0.1 percent.
      
      The other goods and services index was virtually unchanged in
 November after rising 0.3 percent in October.  The indexes for tobacco and
 smoking products and for personal care were both virtually unchanged in
 November after posting respective increases of 0.4 percent and 0.2 percent
 in October.      
 
 
 CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W)
 
      On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and
 Clerical Workers decreased 2.1 percent in November.
     
 Table B. Percent changes in CPI for Urban Wage Earners and
 Clerical Workers (CPI-W)
                                                                                  
                                                                                  
                                     Seasonally adjusted                          
                                                                                  
                                                                                  
     Expenditure                                                Compound          
      Category              Changes from preceding month         annual     Un-   
                                                                  rate    adjusted
                                                                 3-mos.   12-mos. 
                      May   June  July  Aug.  Sep.  Oct.  Nov.   ended     ended  
                      2008  2008  2008  2008  2008  2008  2008 Nov. 2008 Nov. 2008
                                                                                                                                                                    
 All items..........    .7   1.2    .9   -.2   -.1  -1.2  -2.1     -12.9        .7
  Food and beverages    .3    .8    .9    .6    .6    .3    .2       4.2       6.0
  Housing...........    .5    .5    .7    .0   -.2    .0   -.1       -.8       3.1
  Apparel...........   -.2    .0    .8   1.0    .0  -1.2    .2      -3.9        .2
  Transportation....   2.1   4.0   1.8  -1.7   -.7  -6.0 -10.9     -52.1     -10.4
  Medical care......    .1    .2    .1    .3    .3    .1    .2       2.7       2.7
  Recreation........    .0    .2    .4    .5    .2    .0   -.1        .8       1.9
  Education and                                                                   
     communication..    .3    .5    .5    .2    .0    .2    .2       1.6       3.4
  Other goods and                                                                 
     services.......    .5    .6    .5    .2    .2    .3    .1       2.4       4.4
 Special indexes:                                                                 
  Energy............   4.5   6.8   4.0  -3.2  -1.7  -9.0 -17.8     -70.8     -14.3
  Food..............    .3    .8    .9    .6    .6    .3    .2       4.1       6.2
  All items less                                                                  
     food and energy    .2    .3    .3    .2    .1   -.1    .0        .1       2.0    

    	Consumer Price Index data for December are scheduled for release on
 Friday, January 16, 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 0.06 percent for
 the U.S. All Items Consumer Price Index.  This means that if we repeatedly
 sample from the universe of all retail prices using the same methodology,
 and estimate a percentage change for each sample, then 95% of these
 estimates would be within 0.12 percent of the 1 month percentage change
 based on all retail prices.  For a 1-month change of 0.2 percent in the
 All Items CPI for All Urban Consumers, we are 95 percent confident that
 the actual percent change based on all retail prices would fall between
 0.08 and 0.32 percent.  For the latest data, including information on how
 to use the estimates of standard error, see "Variance Estimates for
 Changes in the Consumer Price Index, January 2005- December 2005" in the
 CPI Detailed Report, February 2006.  These data are available on the CPI
 home page (http://www.bls.gov/cpi), using the following link
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpivar2006.pdf
      
 
 Calculating Index Changes
 
       Movements of the indexes from one month to another are usually
 expressed as percent changes rather than changes in index points, because
 index point changes are affected by the level of the index in relation to
 its
 base period while percent changes are not.  The example below illustrates
 the computation of index point and percent changes.
      
       Percent changes for 3-month and 6-month periods are expressed as
 annual rates and are computed according to the standard formula for
 compound growth rates.  These data indicate what the percent change would
 be if the current rate were maintained for a 12-month period.
 
 Index Point Change
 
 CPI
 202.416
 Less previous index
 201.800
 Equals index point change
 .616
 
 Percent Change
 
 Index point difference
 .616
 Divided by the previous index
 201.800
 Equals
 0.003
 Results multiplied by one hundred
 0.003x100
 Equals percent change
 0.3











Regions Defined

The states in the four regions shown in Tables 3 and 6 are listed below.

The Northeast--Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York,
New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
The Midwest--Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota,
Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The South--Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
The West--Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana,
Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.




 A Note on Seasonally Adjusted and Unadjusted Data
 
 
      Because price data are used for different purposes by different
 groups, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes seasonally adjusted as
 well as unadjusted changes each month.
      
      For analyzing general price trends in the economy, seasonally
 adjusted changes are usually preferred since they eliminate the effect of
 changes that normally occur at the same time and in about the same
 magnitude every year--such as price movements resulting from changing
 climatic conditions, production cycles, model changeovers, holidays, and
 sales.
      
      The unadjusted data are of primary interest to consumers concerned
 about the prices they actually pay.  Unadjusted data also are used
 extensively for escalation purposes.  Many collective bargaining contract
 agreements and pension plans, for example, tie compensation changes to the
 Consumer Price Index before adjustment for seasonal variation.
      
      Seasonal factors used in computing the seasonally adjusted indexes
 are derived by the X-12-ARIMA Seasonal Adjustment Method.  Seasonally
 adjusted indexes and seasonal factors are computed annually.  Each year,
 the last 5 years of seasonally adjusted data are revised.  Data from
 January 2003 through December 2007 were replaced in January 2008.
 Exceptions to the usual revision schedule were: the updated seasonal data
 at the end of 1977 replaced data from 1967 through 1977; and, in January
 2002, dependently seasonally adjusted series were revised for January 1987-
 December 2001 as a result of a change in the aggregation weights for
 dependently adjusted series. For further information, please see
 "Aggregation of Dependently Adjusted Seasonally Adjusted Series," in the
 October 2001 issue of the CPI Detailed Report.
      
      The seasonal movement of All items and 54 other aggregations is
 derived by combining the seasonal movement of 73 selected components.
 Each year the seasonal status of every series is reevaluated based upon
 certain statistical criteria.  If any of the 73 components change their
 seasonal adjustment status from seasonally adjusted to not seasonally
 adjusted, not seasonally adjusted data will be used in the aggregation of
 the dependent series for the last 5 years, but the seasonally adjusted
 indexes will be used before that period.  Note: 48 of the 73 components
 are seasonally adjusted for 2008.      
      
      Seasonally adjusted data, including the All items index levels, are
 subject to revision for up to five years after their original release.
 For this reason, BLS advises against the use of these data in escalation
 agreements.
      
      Effective with the calculation of the seasonal factors for 1990, the
 Bureau of Labor Statistics has used an enhanced seasonal adjustment
 procedure called Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment for some CPI
 series.  Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment allows for better
 estimates of seasonally adjusted data.  Extreme values and/or sharp
 movements which might distort the seasonal pattern are estimated and
 removed from the data prior to calculation of seasonal factors.  Beginning
 with the calculation of seasonal factors for 1996, X-12-ARIMA software was
 used for Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment.
      
      For the seasonal factors introduced in January 2008, BLS adjusted 20
 series using Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment, including selected
 food and beverage items, motor fuels, electricity and vehicles.  For
 example, this procedure was used for the Motor fuel series to offset the
 effects of events such as damage to oil refineries from Hurricane Katrina.
      
      For a complete list of Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment
 series and explanations, please refer to the article "Intervention
 Analysis Seasonal Adjustment," located on our website at
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpisapage.htm.
      
      For additional information on seasonal adjustment in the CPI, please
 write to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Division of Consumer Prices and
 Price Indexes, Washington, DC 20212 or contact Jeff Wilson at (202) 691-
 6968, or by e-mail at Wilson.Jeff@bls.gov.  If you have general questions
 about the CPI, please call our information staff at (202) 691-7000.
     
  
  









       
       
       




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

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                    Unadjusted                          
                                                             Unadjusted indexes   percent change   Seasonally adjusted  
                                                 Relative                          to Nov. 2008    percent change from- 
                     CPI-U                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2007       Oct.       Nov.                      Aug.    Sep.    Oct. 
                                                              2008       2008      Nov.    Oct.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2007    2008    Sep.    Oct.    Nov. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    216.573    212.425     1.1    -1.9     0.0    -1.0    -1.7 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    648.758    636.332       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     14.914    218.705    218.752     5.9     0.0     0.6     0.3     0.2 
   Food.......................................     13.833    218.738    218.749     6.0     0.0     0.6     0.3     0.2 
    Food at home..............................      7.660    219.660    219.086     7.0    -0.3     0.6     0.1     0.0 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.030    252.832    252.723    12.0     0.0     1.1     0.6     0.2 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      1.807    210.706    209.602     5.5    -0.5     1.0     0.6    -0.7 
     Dairy and related products...............       .887    212.733    213.102     3.5     0.2    -0.6    -1.0     0.4 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.156    285.484    283.677     5.7    -0.6    -0.5    -2.2    -0.4 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................       .928    163.727    163.015     5.6    -0.4     0.7     1.2     0.1 
     Other food at home.......................      1.852    189.348    189.301     8.8     0.0     1.1     0.6     0.6 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .277    190.515    191.756     7.4     0.7     1.7     0.7     0.6 
      Fats and oils...........................       .205    208.300    205.806    17.4    -1.2     1.7     0.5     0.0 
      Other foods.............................      1.369    202.993    203.058     7.8     0.0     0.8     0.6     0.8 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .404    122.699    123.543     7.1     0.7     0.1     1.3     0.7 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.173    219.290    220.043     4.9     0.3     0.5     0.5     0.3 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .297    153.544    153.978     5.0     0.3     0.6     1.0     0.3 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.080    216.972    217.492     4.1     0.2     0.5     0.4     0.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     42.427    217.383    216.467     2.7    -0.4    -0.1     0.0    -0.1 
   Shelter....................................     32.596    247.844    247.463     2.2    -0.2     0.3     0.0     0.2 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      5.765    245.855    246.681     3.6     0.3     0.3     0.4     0.3 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      2.564    141.140    133.555    -2.3    -5.4     0.9    -1.6    -1.1 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................     23.942    253.902    254.669     2.3     0.3     0.2     0.1     0.3 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .325    119.916    120.232     2.8     0.3     1.2     0.0     0.3 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.128    221.199    216.285     7.0    -2.2    -2.8    -0.6    -1.6 
    Household energy..........................      4.215    201.176    195.599     7.0    -2.8    -3.4    -0.9    -2.0 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .351    318.667    281.869    -3.4   -11.5    -5.8    -8.8   -13.6 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      3.864    203.503    199.435     7.9    -2.0    -3.2    -0.1    -1.0 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................       .913    155.557    156.193     6.7     0.4     0.3     1.0     0.4 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.702    128.789    128.554     1.8    -0.2     0.5     0.0    -0.2 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .737    150.052    149.998     5.9     0.0     0.7    -0.1     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.731    122.243    121.262     0.0    -0.8    -0.1    -1.0     0.3 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................       .935    115.067    114.239    -0.5    -0.7    -0.3    -0.5    -0.7 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.600    111.833    110.588    -1.4    -1.1    -0.3    -2.2     0.7 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .185    116.158    116.010    -1.1    -0.1     1.3     0.6     0.5 
   Footwear...................................       .679    126.442    126.788     1.4     0.3    -0.4     0.3     1.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     17.688    192.709    173.644    -8.9    -9.9    -0.6    -5.4    -9.8 
   Private transportation.....................     16.583    187.976    168.527    -9.8   -10.3    -0.6    -5.5   -10.3 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      7.191     92.071     91.618    -3.1    -0.5    -0.9    -0.7    -0.9 
     New vehicles.............................      4.632    132.264    132.359    -2.9     0.1    -0.7    -0.5    -0.6 
     Used cars and trucks (1).................      1.773    129.733    126.869    -7.1    -2.2    -1.8    -2.4    -2.2 
    Motor fuel................................      5.482    268.537    187.189   -28.6   -30.3    -0.8   -13.9   -29.0 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      5.215    266.382    184.235   -29.4   -30.8    -0.6   -14.2   -29.5 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .356    131.917    132.947     7.7     0.8     0.6     0.7     0.8 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair......      1.123    238.227    239.048     5.9     0.3     0.4     0.3     0.3 
   Public transportation......................      1.106    252.323    243.385     4.1    -3.5    -1.0    -3.3    -2.7 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      6.231    365.746    366.613     2.7     0.2     0.3     0.2     0.2 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.601    295.791    297.317     1.4     0.5     0.2     0.2     0.6 
   Medical care services......................      4.630    387.440    387.992     3.1     0.1     0.4     0.2     0.1 
    Professional services.....................      2.626    312.914    313.328     3.1     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.3 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.467    540.853    543.183     5.4     0.4     0.6     0.4     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.647    114.169    114.078     2.0    -0.1     0.2     0.1     0.0 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.843    102.193    101.831    -0.9    -0.4     0.1    -0.6    -0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.086    125.686    125.758     3.6     0.1     0.1     0.2     0.2 
   Education (2)..............................      2.944    186.669    186.733     5.7     0.0     0.4     0.4     0.4 
    Educational books and supplies............       .207    463.825    462.694     7.2    -0.2     0.4     0.2     0.3 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.736    537.606    537.906     5.6     0.1     0.4     0.5     0.4 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.142     84.535     84.601     1.6     0.1    -0.2     0.0     0.1 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      2.975     81.652     81.723     1.5     0.1    -0.2     0.0     0.1 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.342    101.407    101.538     2.8     0.1     0.0     0.1     0.1 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................       .634      9.874      9.867    -3.3    -0.1    -1.1    -0.3    -0.1 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (6)...................       .242     89.945     88.984   -11.1    -1.1    -2.3    -0.9    -1.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.277    349.276    349.040     3.8    -0.1     0.2     0.3     0.0 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........       .731    599.744    599.820     6.7     0.0     0.0     0.4     0.0 
   Personal care..............................      2.546    203.107    202.921     2.9    -0.1     0.3     0.2     0.0 
    Personal care products (1)................       .639    159.826    161.000     1.5     0.7     0.2     0.1     0.7 
    Personal care services (1)................       .629    225.564    226.197     3.5     0.3     0.2     0.4     0.3 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........      1.044    343.131    340.174     3.5    -0.9     0.5     0.0    -0.8 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     41.269    175.257    167.673    -2.0    -4.3    -0.1    -2.3    -4.1 
  Food and beverages..........................     14.914    218.705    218.752     5.9     0.0     0.6     0.3     0.2 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     26.356    151.874    141.397    -6.4    -6.9    -0.5    -3.8    -6.7 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     15.519    195.127    173.346    -9.0   -11.2    -0.9    -5.5    -9.5 
    Apparel...................................      3.731    122.243    121.262     0.0    -0.8    -0.1    -1.0     0.3 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     11.787    244.935    209.569   -12.0   -14.4    -1.4    -7.9   -14.0 
   Durables...................................     10.837    109.677    109.191    -2.6    -0.4    -0.6    -0.6    -0.6 
 Services.....................................     58.731    257.559    256.967     3.2    -0.2     0.0     0.0     0.0 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     32.271    258.368    257.961     2.2    -0.2     0.3     0.0     0.2 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .325    119.916    120.232     2.8     0.3     1.2     0.0     0.3 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      3.864    203.503    199.435     7.9    -2.0    -3.2    -0.1    -1.0 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................       .913    155.557    156.193     6.7     0.4     0.3     1.0     0.4 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .737    150.052    149.998     5.9     0.0     0.7    -0.1     0.0 
  Transportation services.....................      5.350    247.762    247.030     4.5    -0.3     0.1    -0.4    -0.3 
  Medical care services.......................      4.630    387.440    387.992     3.1     0.1     0.4     0.2     0.1 
  Other services..............................     10.641    299.923    299.996     3.6     0.0     0.2     0.2     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     86.167    216.250    211.421     0.3    -2.2    -0.1    -1.2    -2.0 
 All items less shelter.......................     67.404    206.776    201.075     0.5    -2.8    -0.2    -1.4    -2.6 
 All items less medical care..................     93.769    209.021    204.721     1.0    -2.1    -0.1    -1.0    -1.8 
 Commodities less food........................     27.436    154.250    144.055    -6.0    -6.6    -0.4    -3.6    -6.4 
 Nondurables less food........................     16.599    196.442    175.979    -8.2   -10.4    -0.9    -5.3    -8.8 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     12.868    241.183    209.344   -10.6   -13.2    -1.4    -7.0   -12.6 
 Nondurables..................................     30.432    207.435    195.773    -1.7    -5.6    -0.3    -2.6    -4.9 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     26.460    276.297    275.425     4.5    -0.3    -0.3    -0.1    -0.2 
 Services less medical care services..........     54.101    246.997    246.351     3.2    -0.3    -0.1     0.0     0.0 
 Energy.......................................      9.698    231.561    189.938   -13.3   -18.0    -1.9    -8.6   -17.0 
 All items less energy........................     90.302    216.695    216.417     2.6    -0.1     0.2     0.0     0.0 
  All items less food and energy..............     76.469    217.023    216.690     2.0    -0.2     0.1    -0.1     0.0 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     21.602    140.659    140.236    -0.2    -0.3    -0.2    -0.4    -0.2 
    Energy commodities........................      5.834    272.921    193.395   -27.1   -29.1    -1.1   -13.6   -28.1 
   Services less energy services..............     54.867    263.156    262.901     2.9    -0.1     0.3     0.0     0.1 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .462     $ .471       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .154     $ .157       -       -       -       -       - 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated
 using a geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
   5 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   6 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
   - Data not available.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.



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

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                                                  Seasonally adjusted indexes        Seasonally adjusted annual rate percent change
                                                                                                          for                      
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                   CPI-U                                                                    3 months ended--            6 months   
                                                                                                                        ended--    
                                               Aug.      Sep.      Oct.      Nov.                                                  
                                               2008      2008      2008      2008                                                  
                                                                                      Feb.    May     Aug.    Nov.    May     Nov. 
                                                                                      2008    2008    2008    2008    2008    2008 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  218.880   218.813   216.710   213.060     3.1     4.9     7.2   -10.2     4.0    -1.9 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  216.778   217.996   218.569   218.981     4.6     5.9     9.1     4.1     5.2     6.6 
   Food....................................  216.807   218.029   218.582   218.939     4.7     6.2     9.6     4.0     5.4     6.7 
    Food at home...........................  217.949   219.225   219.380   219.428     5.3     7.9    12.5     2.7     6.6     7.5 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  249.024   251.760   253.199   253.738    12.4    18.7     9.4     7.8    15.5     8.6 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  207.479   209.534   210.721   209.295     2.3     4.3    12.2     3.5     3.3     7.8 
     Dairy and related products............  215.356   214.066   211.930   212.757     3.4     0.9    15.3    -4.7     2.1     4.8 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  291.493   290.047   283.770   282.618     2.2     8.4    27.9   -11.6     5.3     6.3 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  160.411   161.609   163.526   163.684     4.8     4.4     5.1     8.4     4.6     6.7 
     Other food at home....................  186.154   188.124   189.320   190.510     6.8    10.4     8.4     9.7     8.6     9.0 
      Sugar and sweets.....................  186.956   190.197   191.438   192.492     2.6    11.0     3.8    12.4     6.7     8.0 
      Fats and oils........................  202.996   206.381   207.508   207.407    16.1    21.7    23.3     9.0    18.9    15.9 
      Other foods..........................  199.930   201.577   202.881   204.414     6.2     8.7     7.1     9.3     7.4     8.2 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  121.033   121.144   122.699   123.543    10.0     1.9     7.9     8.6     5.9     8.2 
    Food away from home (1)................  217.063   218.225   219.290   220.043     3.9     4.0     5.9     5.6     4.0     5.8 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  151.133   152.040   153.544   153.978     4.9     3.5     4.0     7.7     4.2     5.8 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  215.105   216.276   217.103   218.212     4.1     2.3     3.9     5.9     3.2     4.9 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  218.101   217.891   217.793   217.577     2.8     4.9     4.2    -1.0     3.8     1.6 
   Shelter.................................  247.258   247.971   248.058   248.472     2.6     1.6     2.4     2.0     2.1     2.2 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  244.296   244.977   245.840   246.558     3.6     2.9     4.0     3.8     3.3     3.9 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  143.846   145.173   142.808   141.218     1.0    -4.3     1.4    -7.1    -1.7    -3.0 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                             
        residence (3) (4)..................  252.970   253.493   253.871   254.580     2.6     2.0     2.1     2.6     2.3     2.3 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  118.562   119.944   119.916   120.232     2.2     2.7     0.5     5.8     2.4     3.1 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  230.876   224.377   223.111   219.524     6.5    29.5    16.8   -18.3    17.5    -2.3 
    Household energy.......................  212.286   205.021   203.206   199.099     6.7    35.5    18.2   -22.6    20.3    -4.4 
     Fuel oil and other fuels..............  375.211   353.309   322.208   278.365    21.3   111.7    11.9   -69.7    60.2   -41.8 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3).......  212.549   205.785   205.538   203.484     5.3    29.9    18.8   -16.0    16.9    -0.1 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  153.832   154.269   155.827   156.427     5.7     4.3    10.0     6.9     5.0     8.5 
   Household furnishings and operations....  128.222   128.917   128.936   128.711     0.3     2.7     2.8     1.5     1.5     2.1 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  149.169   150.193   150.052   149.998     5.4    10.0     6.2     2.2     7.7     4.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  120.157   120.005   118.843   119.165     0.8    -4.3     7.4    -3.3    -1.8     1.9 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  113.420   113.108   112.533   111.786     6.8    -0.2    -2.5    -5.6     3.3    -4.1 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  110.057   109.678   107.255   108.001    -4.2   -11.3    19.9    -7.3    -7.9     5.4 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  111.741   113.172   113.815   114.398    -0.3    -7.5    -5.8     9.9    -3.9     1.8 
   Footwear................................  124.023   123.572   123.896   125.281    -0.7     3.2    -0.9     4.1     1.3     1.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  206.303   205.036   194.031   175.106     3.5     8.7    16.8   -48.1     6.1   -22.2 
   Private transportation..................  201.552   200.367   189.326   169.911     3.4     8.0    16.2   -49.5     5.7   -23.4 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   93.702    92.900    92.229    91.425    -0.9    -1.5    -0.4    -9.4    -1.2    -5.0 
     New vehicles..........................  134.548   133.567   132.889   132.153    -2.5    -1.5    -0.4    -6.9    -2.0    -3.7 
     Used cars and trucks (1)..............  135.405   132.916   129.733   126.869     1.9    -2.7    -2.7   -22.9    -0.4   -13.4 
    Motor fuel.............................  320.647   317.962   273.671   194.333     7.8    23.1    44.9   -86.5    15.2   -55.8 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  318.255   316.443   271.580   191.383     7.7    21.6    45.2   -86.9    14.4   -56.4 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  130.327   131.048   131.917   132.947     5.7     5.2    11.5     8.3     5.5     9.9 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair...  236.340   237.284   238.108   238.802     5.4     6.1     8.0     4.2     5.7     6.1 
   Public transportation...................  264.183   261.556   252.920   246.102     4.7    19.3    25.0   -24.7    11.7    -3.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  364.710   365.836   366.470   367.316     3.9     1.8     2.1     2.9     2.8     2.5 
   Medical care commodities................  294.694   295.231   295.741   297.469     3.9    -2.0     0.0     3.8     0.9     1.9 
   Medical care services...................  386.458   387.816   388.489   388.922     3.9     3.2     2.9     2.6     3.5     2.7 
    Professional services..................  312.575   313.273   313.601   314.457     3.0     4.0     3.2     2.4     3.5     2.8 
    Hospital and related services (3)......  537.549   540.539   542.655   542.537     7.9     4.6     5.3     3.8     6.3     4.5 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  113.876   114.120   114.214   114.222     1.4     1.0     4.4     1.2     1.2     2.8 
   Video and audio (2).....................  102.658   102.801   102.168   102.084     0.7    -2.7     0.8    -2.2    -1.0    -0.7 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  124.505   124.615   124.888   125.157     3.2     4.2     5.0     2.1     3.7     3.5 
   Education (2)...........................  182.734   183.462   184.260   184.919     5.6     5.9     6.3     4.9     5.8     5.6 
    Educational books and supplies.........  459.494   461.555   462.451   463.867     3.4     6.9    15.0     3.9     5.2     9.3 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  525.789   527.863   530.257   532.175     5.8     5.8     5.6     4.9     5.8     5.3 
   Communication (2).......................   84.702    84.526    84.538    84.604     0.6     2.6     3.7    -0.5     1.6     1.6 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (1) (2)............................   81.815    81.635    81.652    81.723     0.6     2.2     3.7    -0.4     1.4     1.6 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............  101.301   101.311   101.407   101.538     0.3     4.3     5.8     0.9     2.2     3.3 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (1) (5)..................   10.012     9.901     9.874     9.867     1.9    -5.2    -4.1    -5.7    -1.7    -4.9 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (1) (6)................   92.921    90.797    89.945    88.984     1.8   -13.3   -15.9   -15.9    -6.1   -15.9 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  347.715   348.540   349.441   349.336     3.9     5.3     4.0     1.9     4.6     2.9 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  597.361   597.581   599.744   599.820     9.8     4.2    11.6     1.7     7.0     6.5 
   Personal care...........................  202.169   202.768   203.231   203.144     2.2     5.7     1.9     1.9     3.9     1.9 
    Personal care products (1).............  159.252   159.643   159.826   161.000    -2.2     2.9     1.2     4.5     0.3     2.8 
    Personal care services (1).............  224.151   224.614   225.564   226.197     4.2     5.2     0.9     3.7     4.7     2.3 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  341.606   343.441   343.499   340.689     5.7     6.5     3.1    -1.1     6.1     1.0 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  179.687   179.530   175.334   168.069     3.1     5.3    10.4   -23.5     4.2    -8.1 
  Food and beverages.......................  216.778   217.996   218.569   218.981     4.6     5.9     9.1     4.1     5.2     6.6 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  158.775   158.058   152.036   141.850     2.2     5.1    11.2   -36.3     3.6   -15.8 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  207.465   205.585   194.214   175.859     4.4    10.8    14.6   -48.4     7.6   -23.1 
    Apparel................................  120.157   120.005   118.843   119.165     0.8    -4.3     7.4    -3.3    -1.8     1.9 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  270.166   266.376   245.230   210.977    12.2    14.7    25.5   -62.8    13.4   -31.7 
   Durables................................  111.140   110.513   109.868   109.244    -1.4    -1.9    -0.3    -6.7    -1.7    -3.5 
 Services..................................  257.642   257.662   257.742   257.820     3.2     4.6     4.8     0.3     3.9     2.5 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  257.717   258.498   258.583   259.077     2.7     1.6     2.3     2.1     2.1     2.2 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   118.562   119.944   119.916   120.232     2.2     2.7     0.5     5.8     2.4     3.1 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  212.549   205.785   205.538   203.484     5.3    29.9    18.8   -16.0    16.9    -0.1 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  153.832   154.269   155.827   156.427     5.7     4.3    10.0     6.9     5.0     8.5 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  149.169   150.193   150.052   149.998     5.4    10.0     6.2     2.2     7.7     4.2 
  Transportation services..................  248.277   248.422   247.447   246.653     4.0     6.9    10.1    -2.6     5.5     3.5 
  Medical care services....................  386.458   387.816   388.489   388.922     3.9     3.2     2.9     2.6     3.5     2.7 
  Other services...........................  297.887   298.481   298.953   299.356     3.4     4.3     4.8     2.0     3.8     3.4 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  219.250   218.972   216.434   212.128     2.9     4.7     6.8   -12.4     3.8    -3.3 
 All items less shelter....................  210.264   209.885   206.884   201.569     3.4     6.5     9.5   -15.5     5.0    -3.8 
 All items less medical care...............  211.433   211.322   209.135   205.347     3.1     5.1     7.5   -11.0     4.1    -2.2 
 Commodities less food.....................  160.922   160.257   154.412   144.517     2.3     4.9    10.9   -35.0     3.6   -15.1 
 Nondurables less food.....................  208.004   206.042   195.181   177.989     3.0    14.8    12.1   -46.4     8.7   -22.5 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  263.228   259.597   241.328   210.875     9.2    17.0    21.2   -58.8    13.1   -29.4 
 Nondurables...............................  213.122   212.583   207.029   196.797     4.2    11.2    10.6   -27.3     7.7   -10.3 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  277.598   276.660   276.380   275.814     3.7     8.9     8.3    -2.5     6.3     2.7 
 Services less medical care services.......  247.327   247.172   247.197   247.090     3.1     4.9     5.3    -0.4     4.0     2.4 
 Energy....................................  262.107   257.086   235.053   195.144     7.6    28.2    32.9   -69.3    17.5   -36.1 
 All items less energy.....................  216.080   216.528   216.484   216.580     2.7     2.5     4.4     0.9     2.6     2.6 
  All items less food and energy...........  216.650   216.956   216.801   216.849     2.3     1.8     3.4     0.4     2.1     1.9 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  140.885   140.655   140.136   139.853     0.4    -0.9     2.5    -2.9    -0.2    -0.2 
    Energy commodities.....................  325.603   321.888   278.005   200.024     8.9    27.2    42.6   -85.8    17.7   -54.9 
   Services less energy services...........  262.367   263.046   263.159   263.444     3.1     2.9     3.8     1.7     3.0     2.7 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated using a
 geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 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                                          Nov. 2008 from--   Oct. 2008 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Aug.      Sep.      Oct.      Nov.                                      
                                                          2008      2008      2008      2008    Nov.  Sep.  Oct.  Oct.  Aug.  Sep.
                                                                                                2007  2008  2008  2007  2008  2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      219.086   218.783   216.573   212.425   1.1  -2.9  -1.9   3.7  -1.1  -1.0 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      233.788   232.841   230.837   227.236   1.7  -2.4  -1.6   4.0  -1.3  -0.9 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      236.107   235.314   233.165   229.625   1.7  -2.4  -1.5   3.8  -1.2  -0.9 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      138.537   137.723   136.730   134.445   1.8  -2.4  -1.7   4.6  -1.3  -0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      209.351   209.252   206.019   201.737   0.5  -3.6  -2.1   3.3  -1.6  -1.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      210.341   210.283   207.049   202.922   0.5  -3.5  -2.0   3.0  -1.6  -1.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      133.969   133.982   131.946   129.018   0.5  -3.7  -2.2   3.6  -1.5  -1.5 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      206.251   205.522   202.086   197.883   0.7  -3.7  -2.1   3.6  -2.0  -1.7 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      212.387   212.650   210.108   205.559   1.0  -3.3  -2.2   3.9  -1.1  -1.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      214.496   214.854   212.617   208.644   1.4  -2.9  -1.9   3.8  -0.9  -1.0 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      135.004   135.093   133.285   130.324   0.6  -3.5  -2.2   3.6  -1.3  -1.3 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      214.655   215.258   213.103   206.659   2.0  -4.0  -3.0   6.2  -0.7  -1.0 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      222.823   222.132   221.034   217.113   1.0  -2.3  -1.8   3.3  -0.8  -0.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      226.541   225.910   224.967   220.925   1.3  -2.2  -1.8   3.5  -0.7  -0.4 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      135.207   134.834   133.795   131.440   0.7  -2.5  -1.8   3.0  -1.0  -0.8 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      200.278   199.982   198.148   194.628   1.3  -2.7  -1.8   3.6  -1.1  -0.9 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      135.315   135.160   133.587   130.857   0.8  -3.2  -2.0   3.7  -1.3  -1.2 
   D.........................................    M      212.138   211.740   209.755   204.856   1.2  -3.3  -2.3   4.4  -1.1  -0.9 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      215.971   215.465   213.363   209.053   0.6  -3.0  -2.0   3.2  -1.2  -1.0 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      228.484   227.449   226.159   222.229   1.0  -2.3  -1.7   3.4  -1.0  -0.6 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      240.550   240.089   238.403   234.498   2.2  -2.3  -1.6   4.3  -0.9  -0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1            -   238.519         -   232.354   0.7  -2.6     -     -     -     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1            -   206.219         -   198.187   0.2  -3.9     -     -     -     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1            -   205.883         -   200.051   1.8  -2.8     -     -     -     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1            -   142.036         -   138.547   2.5  -2.5     -     -     -     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2      211.404         -   206.388         -     -     -     -   2.2  -2.4     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2      209.484         -   205.238         -     -     -     -   1.7  -2.0     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2      192.723         -   191.140         -     -     -     -   3.4  -0.8     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2      225.473         -   223.699         -     -     -     -   4.0  -0.8     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2      228.337         -   225.113         -     -     -     -   2.8  -1.4     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2      225.411         -   225.824         -     -     -     -   3.6   0.2     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2      227.745         -   225.915         -     -     -     -   3.4  -0.8     - 

   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 Nov. 2008    percent change from- 
                     CPI-W                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2007       Oct.       Nov.                      Aug.    Sep.    Oct. 
                                                              2008       2008      Nov.    Oct.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2007    2008    Sep.    Oct.    Nov. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    212.182    207.296     0.7    -2.3    -0.1    -1.2    -2.1 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    632.025    617.472       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     15.926    218.141    218.178     6.0     0.0     0.6     0.3     0.2 
   Food.......................................     14.901    218.120    218.114     6.2     0.0     0.6     0.3     0.2 
    Food at home..............................      8.595    218.600    217.956     7.0    -0.3     0.6     0.1     0.0 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.110    253.561    253.498    12.2     0.0     0.9     0.7     0.2 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      2.192    210.314    209.297     5.5    -0.5     0.9     0.6    -0.7 
     Dairy and related products...............       .965    211.808    212.184     3.1     0.2    -0.7    -1.1     0.4 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.218    283.549    281.279     5.8    -0.8    -0.4    -2.3    -0.3 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................      1.094    163.265    162.472     5.8    -0.5     1.0     1.3     0.1 
     Other food at home.......................      2.016    188.806    188.685     8.8    -0.1     1.1     0.6     0.6 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .279    189.574    190.501     7.7     0.5     1.6     0.6     0.6 
      Fats and oils...........................       .232    208.973    206.870    17.5    -1.0     1.7     0.6     0.1 
      Other foods.............................      1.504    203.138    203.126     7.7     0.0     0.9     0.6     0.6 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .438    123.026    123.837     6.9     0.7     0.1     1.2     0.7 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.305    219.219    220.107     5.1     0.4     0.5     0.5     0.4 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .218    152.910    153.464     5.7     0.4     0.7     1.1     0.4 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.025    216.953    217.626     4.1     0.3     0.5     0.4     0.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     39.994    213.156    212.591     3.1    -0.3    -0.2     0.0    -0.1 
   Shelter....................................     30.397    240.517    240.740     2.4     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.2 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      7.979    244.624    245.425     3.4     0.3     0.3     0.3     0.3 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      1.233    140.763    133.747    -1.8    -5.0     0.8    -1.2    -0.7 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................     20.888    230.028    230.743     2.3     0.3     0.2     0.1     0.3 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .297    120.258    120.589     2.7     0.3     1.2     0.0     0.3 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.637    219.325    214.700     7.3    -2.1    -2.6    -0.5    -1.5 
    Household energy..........................      4.670    198.191    193.000     7.4    -2.6    -3.2    -0.8    -1.9 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .323    317.012    283.747    -2.9   -10.5    -5.8    -8.5   -12.7 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      4.347    201.651    197.507     8.1    -2.1    -2.9    -0.2    -1.1 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................       .966    156.005    156.702     6.9     0.4     0.3     1.1     0.4 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      3.960    124.719    124.466     2.0    -0.2     0.6     0.0    -0.2 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .339    152.612    152.247     5.5    -0.2     0.5    -0.2    -0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.998    121.957    121.149     0.2    -0.7     0.0    -1.2     0.2 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................      1.031    115.495    114.651    -0.1    -0.7    -0.3    -0.4    -0.8 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.619    111.880    110.612    -1.4    -1.1     0.4    -3.1     0.5 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .251    118.496    118.611    -1.1     0.1     1.5     0.3     0.7 
   Footwear...................................       .821    126.352    126.689     1.6     0.3    -0.4     0.4     0.8 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     20.054    192.198    170.870   -10.4   -11.1    -0.7    -6.0   -10.9 
   Private transportation.....................     19.287    188.871    167.301   -11.0   -11.4    -0.7    -6.1   -11.3 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      7.952     90.530     89.783    -4.0    -0.8    -1.1    -1.1    -1.1 
     New vehicles.............................      4.172    133.351    133.380    -2.9     0.0    -0.8    -0.5    -0.6 
     Used cars and trucks (1).................      3.103    130.444    127.540    -7.2    -2.2    -1.8    -2.4    -2.2 
    Motor fuel................................      6.940    269.639    187.770   -28.7   -30.4    -0.8   -13.9   -29.1 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      6.597    267.580    184.855   -29.4   -30.9    -0.6   -14.2   -29.6 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .446    132.088    133.125     8.0     0.8     0.6     0.8     0.8 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair......      1.169    240.688    241.509     5.8     0.3     0.4     0.3     0.3 
   Public transportation......................       .767    249.168    240.496     3.7    -3.5    -1.1    -3.3    -2.8 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      5.192    366.000    366.800     2.7     0.2     0.3     0.1     0.2 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.295    287.725    289.046     1.3     0.5     0.2     0.1     0.6 
   Medical care services......................      3.897    388.947    389.493     3.2     0.1     0.4     0.1     0.1 
    Professional services.....................      2.159    315.458    315.825     3.1     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.2 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.260    537.382    539.864     5.7     0.5     0.6     0.3    -0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.341    110.947    110.826     1.9    -0.1     0.2     0.0    -0.1 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.987    102.267    101.974    -0.5    -0.3     0.2    -0.6    -0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      5.987    121.569    121.636     3.4     0.1     0.0     0.2     0.2 
   Education (2)..............................      2.377    184.091    184.115     5.8     0.0     0.3     0.5     0.3 
    Educational books and supplies............       .204    466.885    465.576     7.0    -0.3     0.7     0.3     0.2 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.174    518.726    518.938     5.7     0.0     0.2     0.5     0.4 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.609     87.226     87.300     1.7     0.1    -0.2     0.0     0.1 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      3.488     85.214     85.292     1.7     0.1    -0.2     0.0     0.1 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.869    101.436    101.564     2.7     0.1     0.0     0.1     0.1 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................       .619     10.375     10.367    -3.2    -0.1    -1.1    -0.4    -0.1 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (6)...................       .228     89.690     88.631   -11.6    -1.2    -2.4    -1.1    -1.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.508    362.354    362.550     4.4     0.1     0.2     0.3     0.1 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........      1.183    602.533    602.881     7.0     0.1     0.1     0.4     0.1 
   Personal care..............................      2.325    200.930    201.036     3.0     0.1     0.3     0.2     0.1 
    Personal care products (1)................       .647    159.914    160.994     1.5     0.7     0.2     0.1     0.7 
    Personal care services (1)................       .560    225.800    226.433     3.4     0.3     0.2     0.4     0.3 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........       .910    344.622    342.853     3.8    -0.5     0.5    -0.1    -0.4 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     44.745    177.906    168.926    -2.6    -5.0    -0.1    -2.7    -4.9 
  Food and beverages..........................     15.926    218.141    218.178     6.0     0.0     0.6     0.3     0.2 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     28.819    155.982    143.544    -7.4    -8.0    -0.5    -4.4    -7.8 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     17.315    203.762    178.209   -10.3   -12.5    -0.9    -6.2   -10.8 
    Apparel...................................      3.998    121.957    121.149     0.2    -0.7     0.0    -1.2     0.2 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     13.318    259.204    217.500   -13.5   -16.1    -1.6    -8.4   -15.4 
   Durables...................................     11.504    109.782    109.038    -3.0    -0.7    -0.7    -0.8    -0.7 
 Services.....................................     55.255    252.369    252.144     3.4    -0.1    -0.1     0.1     0.1 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     30.100    231.885    232.096     2.4     0.1     0.3     0.1     0.3 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .297    120.258    120.589     2.7     0.3     1.2     0.0     0.3 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      4.347    201.651    197.507     8.1    -2.1    -2.9    -0.2    -1.1 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................       .966    156.005    156.702     6.9     0.4     0.3     1.1     0.4 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .339    152.612    152.247     5.5    -0.2     0.5    -0.2    -0.2 
  Transportation services.....................      5.266    246.003    246.126     4.3     0.0     0.1    -0.2    -0.1 
  Medical care services.......................      3.897    388.947    389.493     3.2     0.1     0.4     0.1     0.1 
  Other services..............................     10.042    287.898    288.082     3.4     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.2 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     85.099    210.949    205.214    -0.3    -2.7    -0.2    -1.5    -2.5 
 All items less shelter.......................     69.603    204.149    197.342    -0.1    -3.3    -0.2    -1.8    -3.1 
 All items less medical care..................     94.808    205.726    200.707     0.6    -2.4    -0.1    -1.3    -2.3 
 Commodities less food........................     29.844    158.132    145.985    -7.0    -7.7    -0.5    -4.2    -7.5 
 Nondurables less food........................     18.341    204.734    180.533    -9.5   -11.8    -0.8    -5.9   -10.2 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     14.343    254.473    216.516   -12.2   -14.9    -1.4    -7.9   -14.3 
 Nondurables..................................     33.241    211.680    198.009    -2.5    -6.5    -0.2    -3.0    -5.6 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     25.155    244.331    243.599     4.5    -0.3    -0.4    -0.2    -0.2 
 Services less medical care services..........     51.358    242.316    242.058     3.4    -0.1    -0.1     0.0     0.0 
 Energy.......................................     11.610    232.106    188.375   -14.3   -18.8    -1.7    -9.0   -17.8 
 All items less energy........................     88.390    210.649    210.541     2.7    -0.1     0.2     0.0     0.0 
  All items less food and energy..............     73.489    209.511    209.383     2.0    -0.1     0.1    -0.1     0.0 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     22.581    141.375    140.793    -0.3    -0.4    -0.2    -0.5    -0.3 
    Energy commodities........................      7.264    272.894    192.494   -27.5   -29.5    -1.1   -13.7   -28.3 
   Services less energy services..............     50.908    257.774    258.008     3.0     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.2 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .471     $ .482       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .158     $ .162       -       -       -       -       - 

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



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

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                                                  Seasonally adjusted indexes        Seasonally adjusted annual rate percent change
                                                                                                          for                      
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                   CPI-W                                                                    3 months ended--            6 months   
                                                                                                                        ended--    
                                               Aug.      Sep.      Oct.      Nov.                                                  
                                               2008      2008      2008      2008                                                  
                                                                                      Feb.    May     Aug.    Nov.    May     Nov. 
                                                                                      2008    2008    2008    2008    2008    2008 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  215.130   214.946   212.361   207.847     3.4     5.4     8.0   -12.9     4.4    -3.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  216.195   217.401   218.005   218.417     4.6     6.0     9.6     4.2     5.3     6.8 
   Food....................................  216.160   217.375   217.962   218.330     4.5     6.3     9.9     4.1     5.4     7.0 
    Food at home...........................  216.812   218.085   218.328   218.329     5.0     7.8    12.6     2.8     6.4     7.6 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  249.930   252.230   254.031   254.580    12.6    18.7    10.1     7.7    15.6     8.9 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  207.265   209.114   210.380   208.935     1.9     4.7    12.5     3.3     3.3     7.8 
     Dairy and related products............  214.768   213.317   211.048   211.860     2.6     0.5    15.5    -5.3     1.6     4.6 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  289.447   288.190   281.464   280.614     0.7    10.1    28.6   -11.7     5.3     6.6 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  159.322   160.916   163.076   163.225     5.6     2.6     4.9    10.2     4.1     7.5 
     Other food at home....................  185.692   187.670   188.794   189.849     7.2    10.5     8.4     9.3     8.8     8.8 
      Sugar and sweets.....................  186.049   189.095   190.215   191.433     4.2    10.6     4.3    12.1     7.3     8.1 
      Fats and oils........................  203.666   207.065   208.358   208.546    15.7    21.8    22.9     9.9    18.7    16.3 
      Other foods..........................  200.172   201.892   203.095   204.360     6.4     8.8     6.9     8.6     7.6     7.8 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  121.443   121.589   123.026   123.837    10.9     1.4     7.6     8.1     6.0     7.8 
    Food away from home (1)................  217.002   218.147   219.219   220.107     3.9     4.2     6.3     5.8     4.1     6.1 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  150.301   151.321   152.910   153.464     4.7     4.4     4.9     8.7     4.6     6.8 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  215.219   216.292   217.149   218.182     5.0     1.9     4.1     5.6     3.5     4.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  213.851   213.496   213.543   213.408     2.8     5.7     4.6    -0.8     4.2     1.9 
   Shelter.................................  239.715   240.297   240.616   241.193     2.5     2.1     2.4     2.5     2.3     2.4 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  243.215   243.875   244.675   245.342     3.4     2.9     3.9     3.5     3.2     3.7 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  142.928   144.035   142.329   141.362    -1.7    -2.3    -0.2    -4.3    -2.0    -2.3 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                             
        residence (3) (4)..................  229.239   229.663   229.991   230.644     2.7     2.0     2.0     2.5     2.4     2.2 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  118.894   120.279   120.258   120.589     1.9     2.4     0.9     5.8     2.1     3.4 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  228.472   222.522   221.400   218.105     6.0    29.4    17.1   -17.0    17.1    -1.4 
    Household energy.......................  208.571   202.000   200.368   196.628     6.2    35.0    18.4   -21.0    19.7    -3.3 
     Fuel oil and other fuels..............  371.762   350.353   320.577   279.760    20.8   101.8    13.9   -67.9    56.1   -39.6 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3).......  210.473   204.284   203.862   201.644     4.8    30.9    18.8   -15.8    17.1     0.0 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  154.174   154.652   156.289   156.953     5.5     4.1    10.5     7.4     4.8     8.9 
   Household furnishings and operations....  124.141   124.860   124.842   124.587     0.6     2.5     3.5     1.4     1.5     2.5 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  152.083   152.850   152.612   152.247     4.4    11.4     6.2     0.4     7.8     3.3 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  120.050   120.102   118.614   118.864     2.5    -4.8     7.6    -3.9    -1.3     1.7 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  113.971   113.679   113.184   112.252     8.7    -1.5    -1.3    -5.9     3.5    -3.6 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  110.267   110.689   107.308   107.834    -3.0   -12.3    21.4    -8.5    -7.7     5.4 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  113.771   115.496   115.890   116.742     1.7    -6.9    -8.8    10.9    -2.7     0.6 
   Footwear................................  124.021   123.558   124.008   125.026     0.9     2.5    -0.1     3.3     1.7     1.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  207.328   205.872   193.620   172.496     4.2     8.9    17.4   -52.1     6.5   -25.0 
   Private transportation..................  203.988   202.585   190.310   168.891     4.2     8.5    17.2   -53.0     6.3   -25.8 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   92.659    91.646    90.675    89.665    -0.4    -1.8    -1.0   -12.3    -1.1    -6.8 
     New vehicles..........................  135.721   134.684   133.947   133.188    -2.4    -1.3    -0.5    -7.3    -1.8    -4.0 
     Used cars and trucks (1)..............  136.186   133.669   130.444   127.540     1.9    -2.7    -2.8   -23.1    -0.5   -13.5 
    Motor fuel.............................  321.941   319.245   274.761   194.879     8.2    23.2    44.6   -86.6    15.5   -55.9 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  319.790   317.912   272.741   191.944     8.0    21.9    44.9   -87.0    14.8   -56.6 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  130.228   131.072   132.088   133.125     6.4     4.9    11.5     9.2     5.7    10.3 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair...  238.826   239.756   240.510   241.219     5.5     5.8     7.9     4.1     5.6     6.0 
   Public transportation...................  261.046   258.294   249.715   242.846     4.5    19.7    23.3   -25.1    11.8    -3.9 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  364.964   366.132   366.635   367.415     4.0     1.7     2.3     2.7     2.9     2.5 
   Medical care commodities................  286.645   287.227   287.613   289.320     3.6    -2.5     0.3     3.8     0.5     2.0 
   Medical care services...................  387.963   389.352   389.891   390.239     4.2     3.2     3.0     2.4     3.7     2.7 
    Professional services..................  315.066   315.757   316.135   316.915     3.0     3.8     3.3     2.4     3.4     2.8 
    Hospital and related services (3)......  534.373   537.382   539.145   538.389     9.0     5.1     5.6     3.0     7.1     4.3 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  110.748   110.998   111.021   110.958     1.5     0.8     4.4     0.8     1.2     2.6 
   Video and audio (2).....................  102.685   102.922   102.257   102.168     1.7    -2.5     1.0    -2.0    -0.4    -0.5 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  120.740   120.747   121.001   121.229     2.6     4.0     5.2     1.6     3.3     3.4 
   Education (2)...........................  180.563   181.030   181.968   182.592     5.7     6.0     6.9     4.6     5.9     5.7 
    Educational books and supplies.........  461.173   464.432   465.921   466.752     3.0     6.6    13.9     4.9     4.8     9.3 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  508.443   509.542   512.277   514.115     6.0     6.0     6.3     4.5     6.0     5.4 
   Communication (2).......................   87.369    87.225    87.228    87.301     0.5     2.7     4.1    -0.3     1.6     1.9 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (1) (2)............................   85.355    85.208    85.214    85.292     0.5     2.5     4.1    -0.3     1.5     1.9 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............  101.339   101.350   101.436   101.564     0.2     4.1     5.7     0.9     2.2     3.3 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (1) (5)..................   10.525    10.414    10.375    10.367     1.7    -4.9    -3.6    -5.9    -1.7    -4.7 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (1) (6)................   92.931    90.722    89.690    88.631     1.3   -13.5   -15.8   -17.3    -6.4   -16.5 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  360.634   361.459   362.487   362.769     4.7     5.2     5.1     2.4     5.0     3.7 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  599.823   600.293   602.533   602.881    10.3     4.2    11.8     2.1     7.2     6.8 
   Personal care...........................  199.951   200.567   201.043   201.221     2.1     5.7     1.8     2.6     3.9     2.2 
    Personal care products (1).............  159.345   159.730   159.914   160.994    -1.8     2.9     0.9     4.2     0.5     2.5 
    Personal care services (1).............  224.464   224.910   225.800   226.433     4.5     4.8     1.0     3.6     4.6     2.3 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  343.214   345.068   344.743   343.275     5.2     7.0     3.1     0.1     6.1     1.6 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  183.312   183.072   178.054   169.415     3.8     5.7    11.7   -27.0     4.8    -9.7 
  Food and beverages.......................  216.195   217.401   218.005   218.417     4.6     6.0     9.6     4.2     5.3     6.8 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  164.264   163.433   156.243   144.123     3.3     5.6    12.8   -40.7     4.4   -18.2 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  218.408   216.425   202.998   180.978     5.5    12.0    16.2   -52.9     8.7   -26.0 
    Apparel................................  120.050   120.102   118.614   118.864     2.5    -4.8     7.6    -3.9    -1.3     1.7 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  287.973   283.308   259.494   219.482    10.8    19.2    25.7   -66.3    14.9   -34.9 
   Durables................................  111.513   110.738   109.905   109.094    -0.4    -2.1    -0.9    -8.4    -1.3    -4.7 
 Services..................................  252.502   252.363   252.575   252.756     3.0     5.1     5.0     0.4     4.1     2.7 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  231.020   231.740   232.006   232.713     2.4     1.9     2.3     3.0     2.2     2.6 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   118.894   120.279   120.258   120.589     1.9     2.4     0.9     5.8     2.1     3.4 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  210.473   204.284   203.862   201.644     4.8    30.9    18.8   -15.8    17.1     0.0 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  154.174   154.652   156.289   156.953     5.5     4.1    10.5     7.4     4.8     8.9 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  152.083   152.850   152.612   152.247     4.4    11.4     6.2     0.4     7.8     3.3 
  Transportation services..................  246.033   246.228   245.773   245.541     3.8     5.8     8.9    -0.8     4.8     3.9 
  Medical care services....................  387.963   389.352   389.891   390.239     4.2     3.2     3.0     2.4     3.7     2.7 
  Other services...........................  286.423   286.893   287.198   287.677     2.9     4.2     4.9     1.8     3.6     3.3 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  214.752   214.323   211.186   205.823     3.1     5.2     7.6   -15.6     4.2    -4.7 
 All items less shelter....................  208.500   208.034   204.359   197.934     3.8     6.8    10.4   -18.8     5.3    -5.3 
 All items less medical care...............  208.771   208.547   205.889   201.251     3.3     5.6     8.3   -13.6     4.4    -3.3 
 Commodities less food.....................  166.189   165.404   158.393   146.565     3.3     5.4    12.5   -39.5     4.4   -17.5 
 Nondurables less food.....................  218.543   216.742   204.058   183.159     5.6    11.6    15.4   -50.7     8.6   -24.5 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  280.555   276.627   254.725   218.302    10.4    18.3    23.9   -63.3    14.3   -32.6 
 Nondurables...............................  218.559   218.036   211.430   199.682     4.8    10.3    12.3   -30.3     7.5   -11.6 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  245.949   244.940   244.551   244.011     3.5     9.3     8.9    -3.1     6.4     2.7 
 Services less medical care services.......  242.706   242.484   242.544   242.606     2.8     5.4     5.6    -0.2     4.1     2.7 
 Energy....................................  263.479   258.926   235.743   193.718     7.7    27.7    33.8   -70.8    17.3   -37.5 
 All items less energy.....................  210.097   210.452   210.401   210.502     2.8     2.5     4.6     0.8     2.7     2.6 
  All items less food and energy...........  209.244   209.425   209.245   209.292     2.4     1.8     3.5     0.1     2.1     1.8 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  141.896   141.581   140.817   140.339     1.4    -1.0     2.8    -4.3     0.2    -0.8 
    Energy commodities.....................  325.564   322.124   277.981   199.208     9.2    25.9    43.1   -86.0    17.3   -55.2 
   Services less energy services...........  256.890   257.459   257.744   258.206     2.9     3.1     3.8     2.1     3.0     2.9 

   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                                          Nov. 2008 from--   Oct. 2008 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Aug.      Sep.      Oct.      Nov.                                      
                                                          2008      2008      2008      2008    Nov.  Sep.  Oct.  Oct.  Aug.  Sep.
                                                                                                2007  2008  2008  2007  2008  2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      215.247   214.935   212.182   207.296   0.7  -3.6  -2.3   3.8  -1.4  -1.3 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      230.790   229.949   227.762   223.741   1.8  -2.7  -1.8   4.4  -1.3  -1.0 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      231.465   230.579   228.437   224.621   1.8  -2.6  -1.7   4.2  -1.3  -0.9 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      139.329   138.881   137.489   134.757   1.7  -3.0  -2.0   4.9  -1.3  -1.0 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      205.121   205.023   201.236   196.346   0.1  -4.2  -2.4   3.5  -1.9  -1.8 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      204.989   205.002   201.323   196.770   0.2  -4.0  -2.3   3.3  -1.8  -1.8 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      134.236   134.215   131.699   128.186   0.0  -4.5  -2.7   3.8  -1.9  -1.9 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      204.812   204.064   200.017   195.114   0.1  -4.4  -2.5   3.6  -2.3  -2.0 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      210.362   210.572   207.312   201.821   0.5  -4.2  -2.6   4.0  -1.4  -1.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      213.439   213.579   210.663   205.753   0.9  -3.7  -2.3   3.8  -1.3  -1.4 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      134.179   134.285   132.017   128.504   0.1  -4.3  -2.7   3.7  -1.6  -1.7 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      216.031   216.762   213.696   205.777   1.4  -5.1  -3.7   6.3  -1.1  -1.4 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      217.854   217.028   215.499   210.870   0.6  -2.8  -2.1   3.5  -1.1  -0.7 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      219.827   219.169   217.714   213.143   0.9  -2.7  -2.1   3.7  -1.0  -0.7 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      135.464   134.873   133.694   130.684   0.3  -3.1  -2.3   3.3  -1.3  -0.9 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      199.187   198.842   196.590   192.508   1.0  -3.2  -2.1   3.8  -1.3  -1.1 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      135.138   135.003   133.026   129.723   0.4  -3.9  -2.5   3.8  -1.6  -1.5 
   D.........................................    M      211.233   210.844   208.028   202.041   0.5  -4.2  -2.9   4.4  -1.5  -1.3 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      209.435   209.084   206.772   202.022   0.6  -3.4  -2.3   3.6  -1.3  -1.1 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      221.230   220.285   218.726   214.083   0.6  -2.8  -2.1   3.5  -1.1  -0.7 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      235.510   234.703   232.778   228.727   2.2  -2.5  -1.7   4.6  -1.2  -0.8 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1            -   238.133         -   231.854   0.6  -2.6     -     -     -     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1            -   197.260         -   188.860   0.2  -4.3     -     -     -     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1            -   209.666         -   201.479   1.5  -3.9     -     -     -     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1            -   141.679         -   137.700   2.1  -2.8     -     -     -     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2      211.113         -   205.236         -     -     -     -   2.3  -2.8     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2      205.492         -   200.570         -     -     -     -   2.2  -2.4     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2      193.206         -   190.600         -     -     -     -   3.9  -1.3     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2      224.597         -   222.038         -     -     -     -   4.0  -1.1     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2      228.212         -   225.069         -     -     -     -   3.2  -1.4     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2      221.385         -   221.192         -     -     -     -   3.8  -0.1     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2      223.273         -   220.687         -     -     -     -   3.6  -1.2     - 

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



 Table 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         Nov. 2008 from-  
                    C-CPI-U                     December                                          
                                                2005-2006                                         
                                                              Oct.      Nov.      Nov.      Oct.  
                                                              2008      2008      2007      2008  
                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                  
             Expenditure category                                                                 
                                                                                                  
 All items....................................    100.000   124.784   122.284       0.7      -2.0 
                                                                                                  
  Food and beverages..........................     14.726   128.468   128.500       5.8       0.0 
   Food.......................................     13.648   128.694   128.705       5.9       0.0 
    Food at home..............................      7.557   126.691   126.365       6.8      -0.3 
    Food away from home.......................      6.091   131.377   131.821       4.8       0.3 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.077   126.005   126.301       3.9       0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Housing.....................................     42.421   129.104   128.534       2.5      -0.4 
   Shelter....................................     32.409   130.711   130.457       2.1      -0.2 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.004   162.945   159.272       6.8      -2.3 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      5.008    96.520    96.317       1.0      -0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Apparel.....................................      3.988    90.870    90.265      -0.1      -0.7 
                                                                                                  
  Transportation..............................     17.393   127.716   115.537      -8.9      -9.5 
   Private transportation.....................     16.285   128.137   115.410      -9.7      -9.9 
   Public transportation......................      1.108   123.975   119.644       4.0      -3.5 
                                                                                                  
  Medical care................................      6.085   142.298   142.633       2.5       0.2 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.615   125.280   125.920       1.3       0.5 
   Medical care services......................      4.470   148.686   148.889       3.0       0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Recreation..................................      5.935   106.180   105.962       0.9      -0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Education and communication.................      6.196   109.190   109.242       3.1       0.0 
   Education..................................      2.771   172.818   172.872       5.6       0.0 
   Communication..............................      3.425    74.066    74.111       1.0       0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Other goods and services....................      3.257   129.805   126.818       1.3      -2.3 
                                                                                                  
          Commodity and service group                                                             
                                                                                                  
 Services.....................................     58.427   133.507   132.999       2.9      -0.4 
 Commodities..................................     41.573   113.919   109.089      -2.4      -4.2 
  Durables....................................     11.817    81.889    81.481      -3.2      -0.5 
 Nondurables..................................     29.756   130.954   123.506      -2.0      -5.7 
  All items less food and energy..............     77.561   118.058   117.730       1.6      -0.3 
 Energy.......................................      8.790   197.346   160.638     -13.8     -18.6 

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

Last Modified Date: December 16, 2008
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