April 15, 2014
The Producer Price Index for final demand moved up 1.4 percent for the 12 months ended in March 2014 (on an unadjusted basis). This is the largest 12-month advance since a 1.7-percent increase in August 2013.
|Grouping||Relative importance||Percent change, March 2013 to March 2014|
Final demand (total)
Final demand goods
Final demand foods
Final demand energy
Final demand goods less foods and energy
Final demand services
Final demand trade services
Final demand transportation and warehousing services
Final demand services less trade, transportation, and warehousing
Final demand construction
For the 12 months ended in March 2014, the index for final demand goods (which has a relative importance value of 34.4 percent) advanced 1.1 percent. Within final demand goods, the index for final demand foods (relative importance 5.5 percent) increased 0.8 percent and the index for final demand energy (relative importance 6.8 percent) increased 1.0 percent, while the index for final demand goods less food and energy (which accounts for the remaining 22.1 of the final demand goods relative importance) increased 1.2 percent.
The 12-month change in the index for final demand services (which has a relative importance value of 63.5 percent) increased 1.6 percent. The index for final demand trade services (relative importance 19.9 percent) increased 0.9 percent and the index for final demand transportation and warehousing services (relative importance 4.9 percent) increased 1.0 percent. The index for final demand services less trade, transportation, and warehousing (which accounts for the remaining 38.7 percent of the final demand services relative importance) increased 1.9 percent.
Over the year, from March 2013 to March 2014, the final demand construction index (with a relative importance of 2.1 percent) increased 3.2 percent.
These data are from the Producer Price Index program. See "Producer Price Indexes — March 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-14-0567, for more information. The relative importance of a component of the PPI represents its value weight that is allocated to the final demand category, expressed as a percentage of the total weight of the category.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Producer Price Index for final demand moved up 1.4 percent in 12 months on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140415.htm (visited April 21, 2015).
New estimates of personal taxes in Consumer Expenditure Survey
In 2013, the Consumer Expenditure Survey improved its personal tax data.
Trends in long-term unemployment
Long-term unemployment reached historically high levels following the recession of 2007–2009.
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.