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Consumer Price Index, Los Angeles area – November 2014

Area prices were down 0.7 percent over the past month, up 1.3 percent from a year ago

Prices in the Los Angeles area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), decreased 0.7 percent in November, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See table A.) Regional Commissioner Richard J. Holden noted that the November decrease was influenced by lower prices for gasoline and apparel. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, month-to-month changes may reflect seasonal influences.)

Over the last 12 months, the CPI-U increased 1.3 percent. (See chart 1.) Energy prices declined 6.2 percent, largely the result of a decrease in the price of gasoline. The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.6 percent since November 2013.

 Chart 1. Over-the-year percent change in CPI-U, Los Angeles, November 2011-November 2014

Food

Food prices increased 0.3 percent for the month of November. (See table 1.) Prices for food away from home rose 0.7 percent, while prices for food at home were unchanged for the same period.

Over the year, food prices rose 3.7 percent. Prices for food at home moved up 3.7 percent since a year ago, and prices for food away from home increased 3.6 percent.

Energy

The energy index decreased 7.0 percent over the month. The decrease was mainly due to lower prices for gasoline (-9.6 percent). Prices for natural gas service fell 10.0 percent, while prices for electricity were unchanged in November.

Energy prices declined 6.2 percent over the year, largely due to lower prices for gasoline (-12.0 percent). Prices paid for natural gas service increased 5.3 percent, and prices for electricity advanced 3.5 percent during the past year.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy decreased 0.2 percent in November. Lower prices for apparel (-3.9 percent) and recreation (-1.8 percent) were partially offset by higher prices for medical care (1.2 percent) and other goods and services (0.4 percent).

Over the year, the index for all items less food and energy increased 1.6 percent. Components contributing to the increase included shelter (3.0 percent), medical care (1.5 percent), and education and communication (1.3 percent). Partly offsetting the increases were price declines in household furnishings and operations (-1.7 percent) and recreation (-1.0 percent).

Table A. Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County CPI-U monthly and annual percent changes (not seasonally adjusted)
Month 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Monthly Annual Monthly Annual Monthly Annual Monthly Annual Monthly Annual Monthly Annual

January

0.5 -0.1 0.4 1.8 0.9 1.8 0.8 2.1 0.8 2.0 0.5 0.8

February

0.3 0.0 0.0 1.4 0.5 2.3 0.5 2.1 0.7 2.2 0.5 0.5

March

0.0 -1.0 0.4 1.9 1.1 3.0 1.0 2.0 0.1 1.3 0.6 1.0

April

0.1 -1.3 0.2 1.9 0.5 3.3 0.0 1.5 -0.4 0.9 0.0 1.4

May

0.4 -1.8 0.2 1.8 0.0 3.1 0.1 1.6 0.1 1.0 0.4 1.7

June

0.6 -2.2 -0.2 0.9 -0.4 2.9 -0.4 1.6 -0.1 1.4 0.1 1.8

July

0.0 -2.6 0.1 0.9 -0.4 2.4 -0.1 1.9 -0.1 1.3 0.1 2.0

August

0.2 -1.7 0.2 0.8 0.2 2.4 0.6 2.3 0.1 0.8 -0.1 1.8

September

0.3 -1.0 -0.1 0.4 0.5 3.1 0.4 2.2 0.2 0.6 0.0 1.7

October

0.0 -0.4 0.3 0.7 0.0 2.8 0.8 3.0 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 1.4

November

-0.4 0.9 -0.4 0.7 -0.1 3.0 -1.0 2.1 -0.5 0.4 -0.7 1.3

December

-0.3 1.8 0.3 1.3 -0.5 2.2 -0.7 1.9 0.0 1.1    

CPI-W

In November, the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) was 233.896, down 0.9 percent from October. The CPI-W increased 1.0 percent over the year.

The December 2014 Consumer Price Index for the Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County is scheduled to be released on January 16, 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 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 4,000 housing units and approximately 26,000 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 cities; they only measure the average change in prices for each area since the base period.

The Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA. metropolitan area covered in this release is comprised of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties in the State of California.

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

Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group

 
Indexes
 
Percent change from-
Sep.
2014
Oct.
2014
Nov.
2014
Nov.
2013
Sep.
2014
Oct.
2014

Expenditure category

 
 

All items

243.623 243.341 241.753 1.3 -0.8 -0.7

All items (1967=100)

719.770 718.938 714.245 - - -

Food and beverages

246.471 247.050 247.926 3.5 0.6 0.4

Food

246.723 247.370 248.145 3.7 0.6 0.3

Food at home

257.152 258.233 258.307 3.7 0.4 0.0

Food away from home

230.004 230.089 231.745 3.6 0.8 0.7

Alcoholic beverages

228.601 228.320 230.363 2.2 0.8 0.9

Housing

261.662 262.764 262.727 2.7 0.4 0.0

Shelter

294.404 295.041 295.807 3.0 0.5 0.3

Rent of primary residence (1)

306.995 308.258 309.611 3.3 0.9 0.4

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

306.389 307.264 308.348 2.6 0.6 0.4

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

306.388 307.260 308.346 2.6 0.6 0.4

Fuels and utilities

302.470 304.815 300.072 4.8 -0.8 -1.6

Household energy

272.266 277.081 269.234 3.9 -1.1 -2.8

Energy services (1)

270.797 275.668 267.786 4.0 -1.1 -2.9

Electricity (1)

305.582 314.871 314.900 3.5 3.0 0.0

Utility (piped) gas service (1)

233.799 231.113 208.097 5.3 -11.0 -10.0

Household furnishings and operations

115.350 117.421 116.528 -1.7 1.0 -0.8

Apparel

116.373 114.802 110.284 1.2 -5.2 -3.9

Transportation

208.643 205.057 197.339 -4.3 -5.4 -3.8

Private transportation

203.411 199.106 191.453 -4.2 -5.9 -3.8

Motor fuel

291.985 273.641 247.502 -11.9 -15.2 -9.6

Gasoline (all types)

285.611 267.645 241.999 -12.0 -15.3 -9.6

Gasoline, unleaded regular (3)

287.152 268.856 242.853 -12.0 -15.4 -9.7

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade (3) (4)

270.754 254.537 231.105 -11.1 -14.6 -9.2

Gasoline, unleaded premium (3)

268.646 252.391 229.091 -11.8 -14.7 -9.2

Medical care

417.119 415.879 421.072 1.5 0.9 1.2

Recreation (5)

105.393 104.948 103.032 -1.0 -2.2 -1.8

Education and communication (5)

145.524 145.833 145.998 1.3 0.3 0.1

Other goods and services

381.001 379.760 381.349 1.4 0.1 0.4
 

Commodity and service group

 
 

All items

243.623 243.341 241.753 1.3 -0.8 -0.7

Commodities

180.500 179.051 175.997 -0.6 -2.5 -1.7

Commodities less food & beverages

144.711 142.457 137.852 -3.6 -4.7 -3.2

Nondurables less food & beverages

192.781 187.823 180.289 -3.8 -6.5 -4.0

Durables

97.891 98.197 96.392 -3.1 -1.5 -1.8

Services

298.993 299.864 299.757 2.4 0.3 0.0
 

Special aggregate indexes

 
 

All items less medical care

235.833 235.586 233.785 1.3 -0.9 -0.8

All items less shelter

221.494 220.815 218.208 0.3 -1.5 -1.2

Commodities less food

148.575 146.365 141.936 -3.3 -4.5 -3.0

Nondurables

221.300 218.894 215.235 0.1 -2.7 -1.7

Nondurables less food

197.019 192.310 185.311 -3.4 -5.9 -3.6

Services less rent of shelter (2)

314.160 315.395 313.990 1.8 -0.1 -0.4

Services less medical care services

288.377 289.266 288.963 2.5 0.2 -0.1

Energy

285.637 276.063 256.803 -6.2 -10.1 -7.0

All items less energy

242.454 242.845 242.528 1.9 0.0 -0.1

All items less food and energy

242.016 242.360 241.842 1.6 -0.1 -0.2

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) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(4) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.
(5) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
 

- Data not available
NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.
 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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Consumer Price Index, Los Angeles area – November 2014

Area prices were down 0.7 percent over the past month, up 1.3 percent from a year ago

Prices in the Los Angeles area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), decreased 0.7 percent in November, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See table A.) Regional Commissioner Richard J. Holden noted that the November decrease was influenced by lower prices for gasoline and apparel. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, month-to-month changes may reflect seasonal influences.)

Over the last 12 months, the CPI-U increased 1.3 percent. (See chart 1.) Energy prices declined 6.2 percent, largely the result of a decrease in the price of gasoline. The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.6 percent since November 2013.

 Chart 1. Over-the-year percent change in CPI-U, Los Angeles, November 2011-November 2014

Food

Food prices increased 0.3 percent for the month of November. (See table 1.) Prices for food away from home rose 0.7 percent, while prices for food at home were unchanged for the same period.

Over the year, food prices rose 3.7 percent. Prices for food at home moved up 3.7 percent since a year ago, and prices for food away from home increased 3.6 percent.

Energy

The energy index decreased 7.0 percent over the month. The decrease was mainly due to lower prices for gasoline (-9.6 percent). Prices for natural gas service fell 10.0 percent, while prices for electricity were unchanged in November.

Energy prices declined 6.2 percent over the year, largely due to lower prices for gasoline (-12.0 percent). Prices paid for natural gas service increased 5.3 percent, and prices for electricity advanced 3.5 percent during the past year.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy decreased 0.2 percent in November. Lower prices for apparel (-3.9 percent) and recreation (-1.8 percent) were partially offset by higher prices for medical care (1.2 percent) and other goods and services (0.4 percent).

Over the year, the index for all items less food and energy increased 1.6 percent. Components contributing to the increase included shelter (3.0 percent), medical care (1.5 percent), and education and communication (1.3 percent). Partly offsetting the increases were price declines in household furnishings and operations (-1.7 percent) and recreation (-1.0 percent).

Table A. Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County CPI-U monthly and annual percent changes (not seasonally adjusted)
Month 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Monthly Annual Monthly Annual Monthly Annual Monthly Annual Monthly Annual Monthly Annual

January

0.5 -0.1 0.4 1.8 0.9 1.8 0.8 2.1 0.8 2.0 0.5 0.8

February

0.3 0.0 0.0 1.4 0.5 2.3 0.5 2.1 0.7 2.2 0.5 0.5

March

0.0 -1.0 0.4 1.9 1.1 3.0 1.0 2.0 0.1 1.3 0.6 1.0

April

0.1 -1.3 0.2 1.9 0.5 3.3 0.0 1.5 -0.4 0.9 0.0 1.4

May

0.4 -1.8 0.2 1.8 0.0 3.1 0.1 1.6 0.1 1.0 0.4 1.7

June

0.6 -2.2 -0.2 0.9 -0.4 2.9 -0.4 1.6 -0.1 1.4 0.1 1.8

July

0.0 -2.6 0.1 0.9 -0.4 2.4 -0.1 1.9 -0.1 1.3 0.1 2.0

August

0.2 -1.7 0.2 0.8 0.2 2.4 0.6 2.3 0.1 0.8 -0.1 1.8

September

0.3 -1.0 -0.1 0.4 0.5 3.1 0.4 2.2 0.2 0.6 0.0 1.7

October

0.0 -0.4 0.3 0.7 0.0 2.8 0.8 3.0 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 1.4

November

-0.4 0.9 -0.4 0.7 -0.1 3.0 -1.0 2.1 -0.5 0.4 -0.7 1.3

December

-0.3 1.8 0.3 1.3 -0.5 2.2 -0.7 1.9 0.0 1.1    

CPI-W

In November, the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) was 233.896, down 0.9 percent from October. The CPI-W increased 1.0 percent over the year.

The December 2014 Consumer Price Index for the Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County is scheduled to be released on January 16, 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 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 4,000 housing units and approximately 26,000 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 cities; they only measure the average change in prices for each area since the base period.

The Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA. metropolitan area covered in this release is comprised of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties in the State of California.

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

Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group

 
Indexes
 
Percent change from-
Sep.
2014
Oct.
2014
Nov.
2014
Nov.
2013
Sep.
2014
Oct.
2014

Expenditure category

 
 

All items

243.623 243.341 241.753 1.3 -0.8 -0.7

All items (1967=100)

719.770 718.938 714.245 - - -

Food and beverages

246.471 247.050 247.926 3.5 0.6 0.4

Food

246.723 247.370 248.145 3.7 0.6 0.3

Food at home

257.152 258.233 258.307 3.7 0.4 0.0

Food away from home

230.004 230.089 231.745 3.6 0.8 0.7

Alcoholic beverages

228.601 228.320 230.363 2.2 0.8 0.9

Housing

261.662 262.764 262.727 2.7 0.4 0.0

Shelter

294.404 295.041 295.807 3.0 0.5 0.3

Rent of primary residence (1)

306.995 308.258 309.611 3.3 0.9 0.4

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

306.389 307.264 308.348 2.6 0.6 0.4

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

306.388 307.260 308.346 2.6 0.6 0.4

Fuels and utilities

302.470 304.815 300.072 4.8 -0.8 -1.6

Household energy

272.266 277.081 269.234 3.9 -1.1 -2.8

Energy services (1)

270.797 275.668 267.786 4.0 -1.1 -2.9

Electricity (1)

305.582 314.871 314.900 3.5 3.0 0.0

Utility (piped) gas service (1)

233.799 231.113 208.097 5.3 -11.0 -10.0

Household furnishings and operations

115.350 117.421 116.528 -1.7 1.0 -0.8

Apparel

116.373 114.802 110.284 1.2 -5.2 -3.9

Transportation

208.643 205.057 197.339 -4.3 -5.4 -3.8

Private transportation

203.411 199.106 191.453 -4.2 -5.9 -3.8

Motor fuel

291.985 273.641 247.502 -11.9 -15.2 -9.6

Gasoline (all types)

285.611 267.645 241.999 -12.0 -15.3 -9.6

Gasoline, unleaded regular (3)

287.152 268.856 242.853 -12.0 -15.4 -9.7

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade (3) (4)

270.754 254.537 231.105 -11.1 -14.6 -9.2

Gasoline, unleaded premium (3)

268.646 252.391 229.091 -11.8 -14.7 -9.2

Medical care

417.119 415.879 421.072 1.5 0.9 1.2

Recreation (5)

105.393 104.948 103.032 -1.0 -2.2 -1.8

Education and communication (5)

145.524 145.833 145.998 1.3 0.3 0.1

Other goods and services

381.001 379.760 381.349 1.4 0.1 0.4
 

Commodity and service group

 
 

All items

243.623 243.341 241.753 1.3 -0.8 -0.7

Commodities

180.500 179.051 175.997 -0.6 -2.5 -1.7

Commodities less food & beverages

144.711 142.457 137.852 -3.6 -4.7 -3.2

Nondurables less food & beverages

192.781 187.823 180.289 -3.8 -6.5 -4.0

Durables

97.891 98.197 96.392 -3.1 -1.5 -1.8

Services

298.993 299.864 299.757 2.4 0.3 0.0
 

Special aggregate indexes

 
 

All items less medical care

235.833 235.586 233.785 1.3 -0.9 -0.8

All items less shelter

221.494 220.815 218.208 0.3 -1.5 -1.2

Commodities less food

148.575 146.365 141.936 -3.3 -4.5 -3.0

Nondurables

221.300 218.894 215.235 0.1 -2.7 -1.7

Nondurables less food

197.019 192.310 185.311 -3.4 -5.9 -3.6

Services less rent of shelter (2)

314.160 315.395 313.990 1.8 -0.1 -0.4

Services less medical care services

288.377 289.266 288.963 2.5 0.2 -0.1

Energy

285.637 276.063 256.803 -6.2 -10.1 -7.0

All items less energy

242.454 242.845 242.528 1.9 0.0 -0.1

All items less food and energy

242.016 242.360 241.842 1.6 -0.1 -0.2

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) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(4) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.
(5) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
 

- Data not available
NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.
 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014