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Consumer Price Index, Midwest Region – June 2015

Prices in the Midwest up 0.5 percent in June but 0.7 percent lower over the year

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) in the Midwest rose 0.5 percent in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The monthly increase was largely attributable to higher energy costs. Overall, the energy index advanced 5.9 percent over the month. The index for food (0.1 percent) registered little movement and the all items less food and energy index was unchanged.

The CPI-U for the Midwest declined 0.7 percent from June 2014 to June 2015, the sixth consecutive month of over-the-year decline. Food prices increased 1.3 percent and the energy index, which includes motor fuel and household fuels, fell 17.2 percent. Excluding food and energy, the CPI-U rose 1.2 percent over the year. (See chart 1.)

 Chart 1. Over-the-year percent change in CPI-U, Midwest region, June 2012-June 2015

Food

Food prices in the Midwest were little changed (0.1 percent) in June. The index for food at home registered little movement (0.1 percent) while costs for food away from home rose 0.2 percent.

From June 2014 to June 2015, the index for food was up 1.3 percent. Costs for food away from home increased 3.2 percent while prices for food at home were unchanged over the year.

Energy

The energy index for the Midwest advanced 5.9 percent in June following a 4.3-percent increase in the previous month. Higher prices for motor fuel (6.0 percent) and electricity (7.6 percent) led the monthly advance. Electricity prices typically rise in June, reflecting a shift to seasonal rate schedules. Higher costs for utility (piped) gas service (2.6 percent) also contributed to the increase in the energy index.

Despite the monthly increase, the index for energy fell 17.2 percent from June 2014 to June 2015 led by a 25.5-percent drop in motor fuel prices. Costs for utility (piped) gas service were 20.0 percent lower over the year, while electricity prices rose 1.1 percent.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy for the Midwest was unchanged in June due to offsetting movements. Expenditure categories registering higher prices over the month included shelter (0.4 percent) and other goods and services (0.3 percent). In contrast, household furnishings and operations (-0.6 percent) and apparel (-0.5 percent) were among the expenditure categories posting lower prices over the month.

The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.2 percent from June 2014 to June 2015. Higher costs for shelter (2.3 percent) and medical care services (2.0 percent) led the advance.

The Midwest Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) stood at 225.946 in June 2015. A typical market basket of goods and services that cost $100.00 in the 1982-84 base period cost $225.95 in June 2015. Because regional CPI data are not adjusted for seasonal price variation, consumers and businesses should be cautious in drawing conclusions about long-term retail price trends from short-term changes in the regional indexes.

CPI-W

In June, the Midwest Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) was 221.193, up 0.6 percent over the month. The CPI-W decreased 1.2 percent over the year.

Table A. Midwest region CPI-U 1-month and 12-month percent changes, all items index, not seasonally adjusted
Month 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
1-month 12-month 1-month 12-month 1-month 12-month 1-month 12-month 1-month 12-month

January

0.5 1.9 0.6 2.8 0.1 1.3 0.5 1.4 -0.6 -0.3

February

0.3 2.2 0.2 2.7 1.1 2.2 0.6 0.9 0.3 -0.5

March

0.9 2.7 1.0 2.8 0.2 1.4 0.9 1.5 0.6 -0.9

April

0.7 3.3 0.2 2.3 -0.1 1.2 0.3 1.9 0.1 -1.1

May

0.6 3.8 -0.1 1.5 0.5 1.8 0.2 1.6 0.4 -0.8

June

0.0 3.9 -0.1 1.4 0.3 2.2 0.5 1.7 0.5 -0.7

July

0.1 3.8 0.0 1.3 -0.4 1.8 -0.3 1.8    

August

0.2 3.8 0.7 1.8 0.1 1.2 -0.2 1.6    

September

0.2 3.9 0.3 1.9 0.1 1.0 0.1 1.6    

October

-0.6 3.3 -0.3 2.2 -0.5 0.8 -0.5 1.6    

November

0.0 3.3 -0.4 1.8 -0.2 1.0 -0.6 1.2    

December

-0.2 2.8 -0.2 1.8 -0.2 1.0 -0.7 0.7    

The July 2015 Consumer Price Index for the Midwest region is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.


Technical Note

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change in prices over time in a fixed market basket of goods and services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes CPIs for two population groups: (1) a CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) which covers approximately 89 percent of the total population and (2) a CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which covers approximately 28 percent of the total population. The CPI-U includes, in addition to wage earners and clerical workers, 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 CPI is based on prices of food, clothing, shelter, and fuels, transportation fares, charges for doctors' and dentists' services, drugs, and the other goods and services that people buy for day-to-day living. Each month, prices are collected in 87 urban areas across the country from about 6,000 housing units and approximately 24,000 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.

The index measures price changes from a designated reference date (1982-84) that equals 100.0. An increase of 16.5 percent, 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 see the CPI home page on the Internet at www.bls.gov/cpi and the BLS Handbook of Methods, Chapter 17, The Consumer Price Index, available on the Internet at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/homch17_a.htm.

In calculating the index, price changes for the various items in each location are averaged together with weights that represent their importance in the spending of the appropriate population group. Local data are then combined to obtain a U.S. city average. Because the sample size of a local area is smaller, the local area index is subject to substantially more sampling and other measurement error than the national index. In addition, local indexes are not adjusted for seasonal influences. As a result, local area indexes show greater volatility than the national index, although their long-term trends are quite similar. NOTE: Area indexes do not measure differences in the level of prices between areas; they only measure the average change in prices for each area since the base period.

The Midwest region is comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339

Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Indexes and percent changes for selected periods

Midwest (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group

 
Indexes
 
Percent change from-
Apr.
2015
May
2015
Jun.
2015
Jun.
2014
Apr.
2015
May
2015

Expenditure category

 
 

All Items

223.797 224.732 225.946 -0.7 1.0 0.5

All items (December 1977=100)

364.130 365.651 367.626      

Food and beverages

238.898 238.696 238.920 1.2 0.0 0.1

Food

238.467 238.255 238.608 1.3 0.1 0.1

Food at home

229.209 228.729 229.000 0.0 -0.1 0.1

Food away from home

253.892 254.137 254.629 3.2 0.3 0.2

Alcoholic beverages

242.707 242.664 240.891 0.1 -0.7 -0.7

Housing

211.339 211.741 213.493 1.0 1.0 0.8

Shelter

247.830 248.321 249.241 2.3 0.6 0.4

Rent of primary residence (1)

246.118 246.387 247.299 3.0 0.5 0.4

Owners' equiv. rent of residences (1) (2)

251.318 251.641 252.331 2.1 0.4 0.3

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence (1) (2)

251.316 251.641 252.330 2.1 0.4 0.3

Fuels and utilities

210.883 211.508 221.159 -4.2 4.9 4.6

Household energy

174.941 175.274 185.200 -6.4 5.9 5.7

Energy services (1)

181.324 182.188 193.394 -5.8 6.7 6.2

Electricity (1)

196.065 198.864 213.888 1.1 9.1 7.6

Utility (piped) gas service (1)

146.758 144.084 147.891 -20.0 0.8 2.6

Household furnishings and operations

116.649 116.649 115.959 -1.4 -0.6 -0.6

Apparel

118.888 117.773 117.176 -4.3 -1.4 -0.5

Transportation

197.917 203.114 206.151 -8.0 4.2 1.5

Private transportation

192.152 196.924 200.113 -8.2 4.1 1.6

New and used motor vehicles (3)

100.176 100.403 100.227 0.4 0.1 -0.2

New vehicles

140.375 140.597 140.386 1.5 0.0 -0.2

New cars and trucks (3) (4)

99.387 99.493 99.344 1.6 0.0 -0.1

New cars (4)

137.151 137.163 136.802 1.3 -0.3 -0.3

Used cars and trucks

150.055 151.090 151.403 -1.2 0.9 0.2

Motor fuel

217.847 236.460 250.761 -25.5 15.1 6.0

Gasoline (all types)

216.441 235.103 249.457 -25.5 15.3 6.1

Gasoline, unleaded regular (4)

212.664 231.520 245.828 -26.0 15.6 6.2

Gasoline, Unleaded midgrade (4) (5)

245.031 264.781 279.299 -24.1 14.0 5.5

Gasoline, unleaded premium (4)

225.736 242.260 256.392 -22.5 13.6 5.8

Medical Care

452.309 452.171 451.389 2.4 -0.2 -0.2

Medical care commodities

368.360 368.131 367.148 4.0 -0.3 -0.3

Medical care services

480.267 480.167 479.474 2.0 -0.2 -0.1

Professional services

392.309 392.239 391.390 1.1 -0.2 -0.2

Recreation (3)

117.673 117.763 117.747 0.2 0.1 0.0

Education and communication (3)

139.798 139.344 139.146 -0.3 -0.5 -0.1

Other goods and services

399.240 400.002 401.123 1.4 0.5 0.3
 

Commodity and Service Group

 
 

All Items

223.797 224.732 225.946 -0.7 1.0 0.5

Commodities

178.592 179.851 180.816 -3.8 1.2 0.5

Commodities less food & beverages

149.135 150.980 152.236 -6.8 2.1 0.8

Nondurables less food & beverages

190.305 194.055 197.117 -10.2 3.6 1.6

Nondurables less food, beverages, and apparel

237.153 244.031 249.450 -11.8 5.2 2.2

Durables

108.064 108.192 107.836 -0.9 -0.2 -0.3

Services

270.585 271.206 272.677 1.4 0.8 0.5

Rent of shelter (2)

254.489 255.013 255.972 2.3 0.6 0.4

Transportation services

293.419 295.699 294.771 2.1 0.5 -0.3

Other services

326.858 327.143 326.963 0.9 0.0 -0.1
 

Special aggregate indexes:

 
 

All items less medical care

212.982 213.968 215.276 -1.0 1.1 0.6

All items less food

221.313 222.434 223.788 -1.1 1.1 0.6

All items less shelter

217.407 218.520 219.859 -2.0 1.1 0.6

Commodities less food

152.124 153.930 155.115 -6.6 2.0 0.8

Nondurables

214.354 216.255 217.991 -4.6 1.7 0.8

Nondurables less food

193.124 196.681 199.498 -9.6 3.3 1.4

Nondurables less food and apparel

236.376 242.658 247.464 -11.0 4.7 2.0

Services less rent of shelter (2)

303.960 304.728 306.867 0.6 1.0 0.7

Services less medical care services

254.939 255.609 257.225 1.3 0.9 0.6

Energy

194.290 202.549 214.413 -17.2 10.4 5.9

All items less energy

229.381 229.565 229.688 1.2 0.1 0.1

All items less food and energy

228.429 228.689 228.768 1.2 0.1 0.0

Commodities less food and energy commodities

146.893 146.660 146.266 -0.8 -0.4 -0.3

Energy commodities

217.927 235.229 248.381 -25.4 14.0 5.6

Services less energy services

282.057 282.656 283.065 2.0 0.4 0.1

Footnotes
(1) This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator. All other item stratum index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator.
(2) Index is on a December 1982=100 base.
(3) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
(4) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(5) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.
 

Regions defined as the four Census regions. Midwest includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date. Data not seasonally adjusted.
 

Table 2. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): Indexes and percent changes for selected periods

Midwest (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group

 
Indexes
 
Percent change from-
Apr.
2015
May
2015
Jun.
2015
Jun.
2014
Apr.
2015
May
2015

Expenditure category

 
 

All Items

218.701 219.773 221.193 -1.2 1.1 0.6

All items (December 1977=100)

353.688 355.421 357.718      

Food and beverages

239.278 239.044 239.366 1.3 0.0 0.1

Food

238.920 238.668 239.125 1.3 0.1 0.2

Food at home

230.075 229.522 230.019 0.2 0.0 0.2

Food away from home

254.974 255.309 255.686 3.4 0.3 0.1

Alcoholic beverages

243.345 243.407 241.571 0.4 -0.7 -0.8

Housing

206.454 206.881 208.744 0.9 1.1 0.9

Shelter

237.230 237.663 238.455 2.4 0.5 0.3

Rent of primary residence (1)

246.793 247.057 247.934 3.0 0.5 0.4

Owners' equiv. rent of residences (1) (2)

234.327 234.637 235.262 2.1 0.4 0.3

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence (1) (2)

234.338 234.649 235.272 2.1 0.4 0.3

Fuels and utilities

211.898 212.672 222.303 -4.0 4.9 4.5

Household energy

175.677 176.167 185.988 -6.1 5.9 5.6

Energy services (1)

180.687 181.709 192.680 -5.6 6.6 6.0

Electricity (1)

194.694 197.543 211.880 1.0 8.8 7.3

Utility (piped) gas service (1)

147.365 144.736 148.703 -20.3 0.9 2.7

Household furnishings and operations

115.025 115.186 114.552 -1.5 -0.4 -0.6

Apparel

117.348 116.474 115.795 -3.7 -1.3 -0.6

Transportation

195.874 201.473 205.074 -9.2 4.7 1.8

Private transportation

192.325 197.694 201.396 -9.3 4.7 1.9

New and used motor vehicles (3)

100.462 100.821 100.765 0.1 0.3 -0.1

New vehicles

143.715 143.938 143.681 1.4 0.0 -0.2

Used cars and trucks

150.700 151.738 152.053 -1.2 0.9 0.2

Motor fuel

218.378 237.073 251.400 -25.5 15.1 6.0

Gasoline (all types)

216.885 235.619 249.981 -25.5 15.3 6.1

Gasoline, unleaded regular (4)

212.953 231.882 246.177 -26.0 15.6 6.2

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade (4) (5)

244.792 264.433 278.998 -24.2 14.0 5.5

Gasoline, unleaded premium (4)

225.583 242.079 256.222 -22.5 13.6 5.8

Medical Care

457.501 457.217 456.576 2.4 -0.2 -0.1

Medical care commodities

362.113 361.729 361.090 4.1 -0.3 -0.2

Medical care services

486.704 486.468 485.839 1.9 -0.2 -0.1

Professional services

393.374 393.404 392.764 1.1 -0.2 -0.2

Recreation (3)

114.326 114.071 113.930 -0.1 -0.3 -0.1

Education and communication (3)

131.974 131.413 131.196 -1.0 -0.6 -0.2

Other goods and services

441.953 442.822 444.842 1.3 0.7 0.5
 

Commodity and Service Group

 
 

All Items

218.701 219.773 221.193 -1.2 1.1 0.6

Commodities

181.249 182.877 184.171 -4.3 1.6 0.7

Commodities less food & beverages

153.076 155.496 157.197 -7.6 2.7 1.1

Nondurables less food & beverages

197.646 202.503 206.411 -11.5 4.4 1.9

Nondurables less food, beverages, and apparel

247.342 255.616 262.262 -13.3 6.0 2.6

Durables

110.339 110.605 110.370 -0.8 0.0 -0.2

Services

263.307 263.757 265.334 1.3 0.8 0.6

Rent of shelter (2)

235.541 235.986 236.785 2.4 0.5 0.3

Transportation services

292.184 293.651 292.842 2.9 0.2 -0.3

Other services

303.588 303.258 302.888 0.3 -0.2 -0.1
 

Special aggregate indexes:

 
 

All items less medical care

209.536 210.656 212.149 -1.5 1.2 0.7

All items less food

214.793 216.104 217.697 -1.7 1.4 0.7

All items less shelter

214.469 215.780 217.439 -2.6 1.4 0.8

Commodities less food

155.823 158.191 159.808 -7.4 2.6 1.0

Nondurables

218.655 221.060 223.243 -5.3 2.1 1.0

Nondurables less food

199.937 204.540 208.147 -10.8 4.1 1.8

Nondurables less food and apparel

245.352 252.909 258.826 -12.4 5.5 2.3

Services less rent of shelter (2)

269.201 269.613 271.914 0.3 1.0 0.9

Services less medical care services

248.511 248.998 250.691 1.3 0.9 0.7

Energy

194.866 203.848 215.731 -17.8 10.7 5.8

All items less energy

223.391 223.494 223.633 1.2 0.1 0.1

All items less food and energy

220.493 220.671 220.743 1.2 0.1 0.0

Commodities less food and energy commodities

150.022 149.943 149.666 -0.8 -0.2 -0.2

Energy commodities

218.807 236.439 249.830 -25.4 14.2 5.7

Services less energy services

274.227 274.603 274.943 2.0 0.3 0.1

Footnotes
(1) This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator. All other item stratum index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator.
(2) Index is on a December 1984=100 base.
(3) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
(4) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(5) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.
 

Regions defined as the four Census regions. Midwest includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date. Data not seasonally adjusted.
 

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Consumer Price Index, Midwest Region – June 2015

Prices in the Midwest up 0.5 percent in June but 0.7 percent lower over the year

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) in the Midwest rose 0.5 percent in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The monthly increase was largely attributable to higher energy costs. Overall, the energy index advanced 5.9 percent over the month. The index for food (0.1 percent) registered little movement and the all items less food and energy index was unchanged.

The CPI-U for the Midwest declined 0.7 percent from June 2014 to June 2015, the sixth consecutive month of over-the-year decline. Food prices increased 1.3 percent and the energy index, which includes motor fuel and household fuels, fell 17.2 percent. Excluding food and energy, the CPI-U rose 1.2 percent over the year. (See chart 1.)

 Chart 1. Over-the-year percent change in CPI-U, Midwest region, June 2012-June 2015

Food

Food prices in the Midwest were little changed (0.1 percent) in June. The index for food at home registered little movement (0.1 percent) while costs for food away from home rose 0.2 percent.

From June 2014 to June 2015, the index for food was up 1.3 percent. Costs for food away from home increased 3.2 percent while prices for food at home were unchanged over the year.

Energy

The energy index for the Midwest advanced 5.9 percent in June following a 4.3-percent increase in the previous month. Higher prices for motor fuel (6.0 percent) and electricity (7.6 percent) led the monthly advance. Electricity prices typically rise in June, reflecting a shift to seasonal rate schedules. Higher costs for utility (piped) gas service (2.6 percent) also contributed to the increase in the energy index.

Despite the monthly increase, the index for energy fell 17.2 percent from June 2014 to June 2015 led by a 25.5-percent drop in motor fuel prices. Costs for utility (piped) gas service were 20.0 percent lower over the year, while electricity prices rose 1.1 percent.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy for the Midwest was unchanged in June due to offsetting movements. Expenditure categories registering higher prices over the month included shelter (0.4 percent) and other goods and services (0.3 percent). In contrast, household furnishings and operations (-0.6 percent) and apparel (-0.5 percent) were among the expenditure categories posting lower prices over the month.

The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.2 percent from June 2014 to June 2015. Higher costs for shelter (2.3 percent) and medical care services (2.0 percent) led the advance.

The Midwest Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) stood at 225.946 in June 2015. A typical market basket of goods and services that cost $100.00 in the 1982-84 base period cost $225.95 in June 2015. Because regional CPI data are not adjusted for seasonal price variation, consumers and businesses should be cautious in drawing conclusions about long-term retail price trends from short-term changes in the regional indexes.

CPI-W

In June, the Midwest Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) was 221.193, up 0.6 percent over the month. The CPI-W decreased 1.2 percent over the year.

Table A. Midwest region CPI-U 1-month and 12-month percent changes, all items index, not seasonally adjusted
Month 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
1-month 12-month 1-month 12-month 1-month 12-month 1-month 12-month 1-month 12-month

January

0.5 1.9 0.6 2.8 0.1 1.3 0.5 1.4 -0.6 -0.3

February

0.3 2.2 0.2 2.7 1.1 2.2 0.6 0.9 0.3 -0.5

March

0.9 2.7 1.0 2.8 0.2 1.4 0.9 1.5 0.6 -0.9

April

0.7 3.3 0.2 2.3 -0.1 1.2 0.3 1.9 0.1 -1.1

May

0.6 3.8 -0.1 1.5 0.5 1.8 0.2 1.6 0.4 -0.8

June

0.0 3.9 -0.1 1.4 0.3 2.2 0.5 1.7 0.5 -0.7

July

0.1 3.8 0.0 1.3 -0.4 1.8 -0.3 1.8    

August

0.2 3.8 0.7 1.8 0.1 1.2 -0.2 1.6    

September

0.2 3.9 0.3 1.9 0.1 1.0 0.1 1.6    

October

-0.6 3.3 -0.3 2.2 -0.5 0.8 -0.5 1.6    

November

0.0 3.3 -0.4 1.8 -0.2 1.0 -0.6 1.2    

December

-0.2 2.8 -0.2 1.8 -0.2 1.0 -0.7 0.7    

The July 2015 Consumer Price Index for the Midwest region is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.


Technical Note

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change in prices over time in a fixed market basket of goods and services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes CPIs for two population groups: (1) a CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) which covers approximately 89 percent of the total population and (2) a CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which covers approximately 28 percent of the total population. The CPI-U includes, in addition to wage earners and clerical workers, 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 CPI is based on prices of food, clothing, shelter, and fuels, transportation fares, charges for doctors' and dentists' services, drugs, and the other goods and services that people buy for day-to-day living. Each month, prices are collected in 87 urban areas across the country from about 6,000 housing units and approximately 24,000 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.

The index measures price changes from a designated reference date (1982-84) that equals 100.0. An increase of 16.5 percent, 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 see the CPI home page on the Internet at www.bls.gov/cpi and the BLS Handbook of Methods, Chapter 17, The Consumer Price Index, available on the Internet at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/homch17_a.htm.

In calculating the index, price changes for the various items in each location are averaged together with weights that represent their importance in the spending of the appropriate population group. Local data are then combined to obtain a U.S. city average. Because the sample size of a local area is smaller, the local area index is subject to substantially more sampling and other measurement error than the national index. In addition, local indexes are not adjusted for seasonal influences. As a result, local area indexes show greater volatility than the national index, although their long-term trends are quite similar. NOTE: Area indexes do not measure differences in the level of prices between areas; they only measure the average change in prices for each area since the base period.

The Midwest region is comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Indexes and percent changes for selected periods

Midwest (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group

 
Indexes
 
Percent change from-
Apr.
2015
May
2015
Jun.
2015
Jun.
2014
Apr.
2015
May
2015

Expenditure category

 
 

All Items

223.797 224.732 225.946 -0.7 1.0 0.5

All items (December 1977=100)

364.130 365.651 367.626      

Food and beverages

238.898 238.696 238.920 1.2 0.0 0.1

Food

238.467 238.255 238.608 1.3 0.1 0.1

Food at home

229.209 228.729 229.000 0.0 -0.1 0.1

Food away from home

253.892 254.137 254.629 3.2 0.3 0.2

Alcoholic beverages

242.707 242.664 240.891 0.1 -0.7 -0.7

Housing

211.339 211.741 213.493 1.0 1.0 0.8

Shelter

247.830 248.321 249.241 2.3 0.6 0.4

Rent of primary residence (1)

246.118 246.387 247.299 3.0 0.5 0.4

Owners' equiv. rent of residences (1) (2)

251.318 251.641 252.331 2.1 0.4 0.3

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence (1) (2)

251.316 251.641 252.330 2.1 0.4 0.3

Fuels and utilities

210.883 211.508 221.159 -4.2 4.9 4.6

Household energy

174.941 175.274 185.200 -6.4 5.9 5.7

Energy services (1)

181.324 182.188 193.394 -5.8 6.7 6.2

Electricity (1)

196.065 198.864 213.888 1.1 9.1 7.6

Utility (piped) gas service (1)

146.758 144.084 147.891 -20.0 0.8 2.6

Household furnishings and operations

116.649 116.649 115.959 -1.4 -0.6 -0.6

Apparel

118.888 117.773 117.176 -4.3 -1.4 -0.5

Transportation

197.917 203.114 206.151 -8.0 4.2 1.5

Private transportation

192.152 196.924 200.113 -8.2 4.1 1.6

New and used motor vehicles (3)

100.176 100.403 100.227 0.4 0.1 -0.2

New vehicles

140.375 140.597 140.386 1.5 0.0 -0.2

New cars and trucks (3) (4)

99.387 99.493 99.344 1.6 0.0 -0.1

New cars (4)

137.151 137.163 136.802 1.3 -0.3 -0.3

Used cars and trucks

150.055 151.090 151.403 -1.2 0.9 0.2

Motor fuel

217.847 236.460 250.761 -25.5 15.1 6.0

Gasoline (all types)

216.441 235.103 249.457 -25.5 15.3 6.1

Gasoline, unleaded regular (4)

212.664 231.520 245.828 -26.0 15.6 6.2

Gasoline, Unleaded midgrade (4) (5)

245.031 264.781 279.299 -24.1 14.0 5.5

Gasoline, unleaded premium (4)

225.736 242.260 256.392 -22.5 13.6 5.8

Medical Care

452.309 452.171 451.389 2.4 -0.2 -0.2

Medical care commodities

368.360 368.131 367.148 4.0 -0.3 -0.3

Medical care services

480.267 480.167 479.474 2.0 -0.2 -0.1

Professional services

392.309 392.239 391.390 1.1 -0.2 -0.2

Recreation (3)

117.673 117.763 117.747 0.2 0.1 0.0

Education and communication (3)

139.798 139.344 139.146 -0.3 -0.5 -0.1

Other goods and services

399.240 400.002 401.123 1.4 0.5 0.3
 

Commodity and Service Group

 
 

All Items

223.797 224.732 225.946 -0.7 1.0 0.5

Commodities

178.592 179.851 180.816 -3.8 1.2 0.5

Commodities less food & beverages

149.135 150.980 152.236 -6.8 2.1 0.8

Nondurables less food & beverages

190.305 194.055 197.117 -10.2 3.6 1.6

Nondurables less food, beverages, and apparel

237.153 244.031 249.450 -11.8 5.2 2.2

Durables

108.064 108.192 107.836 -0.9 -0.2 -0.3

Services

270.585 271.206 272.677 1.4 0.8 0.5

Rent of shelter (2)

254.489 255.013 255.972 2.3 0.6 0.4

Transportation services

293.419 295.699 294.771 2.1 0.5 -0.3

Other services

326.858 327.143 326.963 0.9 0.0 -0.1
 

Special aggregate indexes:

 
 

All items less medical care

212.982 213.968 215.276 -1.0 1.1 0.6

All items less food

221.313 222.434 223.788 -1.1 1.1 0.6

All items less shelter

217.407 218.520 219.859 -2.0 1.1 0.6

Commodities less food

152.124 153.930 155.115 -6.6 2.0 0.8

Nondurables

214.354 216.255 217.991 -4.6 1.7 0.8

Nondurables less food

193.124 196.681 199.498 -9.6 3.3 1.4

Nondurables less food and apparel

236.376 242.658 247.464 -11.0 4.7 2.0

Services less rent of shelter (2)

303.960 304.728 306.867 0.6 1.0 0.7

Services less medical care services

254.939 255.609 257.225 1.3 0.9 0.6

Energy

194.290 202.549 214.413 -17.2 10.4 5.9

All items less energy

229.381 229.565 229.688 1.2 0.1 0.1

All items less food and energy

228.429 228.689 228.768 1.2 0.1 0.0

Commodities less food and energy commodities

146.893 146.660 146.266 -0.8 -0.4 -0.3

Energy commodities

217.927 235.229 248.381 -25.4 14.0 5.6

Services less energy services

282.057 282.656 283.065 2.0 0.4 0.1

Footnotes
(1) This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator. All other item stratum index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator.
(2) Index is on a December 1982=100 base.
(3) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
(4) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(5) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.
 

Regions defined as the four Census regions. Midwest includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date. Data not seasonally adjusted.
 

Table 2. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): Indexes and percent changes for selected periods

Midwest (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group

 
Indexes
 
Percent change from-
Apr.
2015
May
2015
Jun.
2015
Jun.
2014
Apr.
2015
May
2015

Expenditure category

 
 

All Items

218.701 219.773 221.193 -1.2 1.1 0.6

All items (December 1977=100)

353.688 355.421 357.718      

Food and beverages

239.278 239.044 239.366 1.3 0.0 0.1

Food

238.920 238.668 239.125 1.3 0.1 0.2

Food at home

230.075 229.522 230.019 0.2 0.0 0.2

Food away from home

254.974 255.309 255.686 3.4 0.3 0.1

Alcoholic beverages

243.345 243.407 241.571 0.4 -0.7 -0.8

Housing

206.454 206.881 208.744 0.9 1.1 0.9

Shelter

237.230 237.663 238.455 2.4 0.5 0.3

Rent of primary residence (1)

246.793 247.057 247.934 3.0 0.5 0.4

Owners' equiv. rent of residences (1) (2)

234.327 234.637 235.262 2.1 0.4 0.3

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence (1) (2)

234.338 234.649 235.272 2.1 0.4 0.3

Fuels and utilities

211.898 212.672 222.303 -4.0 4.9 4.5

Household energy

175.677 176.167 185.988 -6.1 5.9 5.6

Energy services (1)

180.687 181.709 192.680 -5.6 6.6 6.0

Electricity (1)

194.694 197.543 211.880 1.0 8.8 7.3

Utility (piped) gas service (1)

147.365 144.736 148.703 -20.3 0.9 2.7

Household furnishings and operations

115.025 115.186 114.552 -1.5 -0.4 -0.6

Apparel

117.348 116.474 115.795 -3.7 -1.3 -0.6

Transportation

195.874 201.473 205.074 -9.2 4.7 1.8

Private transportation

192.325 197.694 201.396 -9.3 4.7 1.9

New and used motor vehicles (3)

100.462 100.821 100.765 0.1 0.3 -0.1

New vehicles

143.715 143.938 143.681 1.4 0.0 -0.2

Used cars and trucks

150.700 151.738 152.053 -1.2 0.9 0.2

Motor fuel

218.378 237.073 251.400 -25.5 15.1 6.0

Gasoline (all types)

216.885 235.619 249.981 -25.5 15.3 6.1

Gasoline, unleaded regular (4)

212.953 231.882 246.177 -26.0 15.6 6.2

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade (4) (5)

244.792 264.433 278.998 -24.2 14.0 5.5

Gasoline, unleaded premium (4)

225.583 242.079 256.222 -22.5 13.6 5.8

Medical Care

457.501 457.217 456.576 2.4 -0.2 -0.1

Medical care commodities

362.113 361.729 361.090 4.1 -0.3 -0.2

Medical care services

486.704 486.468 485.839 1.9 -0.2 -0.1

Professional services

393.374 393.404 392.764 1.1 -0.2 -0.2

Recreation (3)

114.326 114.071 113.930 -0.1 -0.3 -0.1

Education and communication (3)

131.974 131.413 131.196 -1.0 -0.6 -0.2

Other goods and services

441.953 442.822 444.842 1.3 0.7 0.5
 

Commodity and Service Group

 
 

All Items

218.701 219.773 221.193 -1.2 1.1 0.6

Commodities

181.249 182.877 184.171 -4.3 1.6 0.7

Commodities less food & beverages

153.076 155.496 157.197 -7.6 2.7 1.1

Nondurables less food & beverages

197.646 202.503 206.411 -11.5 4.4 1.9

Nondurables less food, beverages, and apparel

247.342 255.616 262.262 -13.3 6.0 2.6

Durables

110.339 110.605 110.370 -0.8 0.0 -0.2

Services

263.307 263.757 265.334 1.3 0.8 0.6

Rent of shelter (2)

235.541 235.986 236.785 2.4 0.5 0.3

Transportation services

292.184 293.651 292.842 2.9 0.2 -0.3

Other services

303.588 303.258 302.888 0.3 -0.2 -0.1
 

Special aggregate indexes:

 
 

All items less medical care

209.536 210.656 212.149 -1.5 1.2 0.7

All items less food

214.793 216.104 217.697 -1.7 1.4 0.7

All items less shelter

214.469 215.780 217.439 -2.6 1.4 0.8

Commodities less food

155.823 158.191 159.808 -7.4 2.6 1.0

Nondurables

218.655 221.060 223.243 -5.3 2.1 1.0

Nondurables less food

199.937 204.540 208.147 -10.8 4.1 1.8

Nondurables less food and apparel

245.352 252.909 258.826 -12.4 5.5 2.3

Services less rent of shelter (2)

269.201 269.613 271.914 0.3 1.0 0.9

Services less medical care services

248.511 248.998 250.691 1.3 0.9 0.7

Energy

194.866 203.848 215.731 -17.8 10.7 5.8

All items less energy

223.391 223.494 223.633 1.2 0.1 0.1

All items less food and energy

220.493 220.671 220.743 1.2 0.1 0.0

Commodities less food and energy commodities

150.022 149.943 149.666 -0.8 -0.2 -0.2

Energy commodities

218.807 236.439 249.830 -25.4 14.2 5.7

Services less energy services

274.227 274.603 274.943 2.0 0.3 0.1

Footnotes
(1) This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator. All other item stratum index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator.
(2) Index is on a December 1984=100 base.
(3) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
(4) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(5) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.
 

Regions defined as the four Census regions. Midwest includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date. Data not seasonally adjusted.
 

Last Modified Date: Friday, July 17, 2015