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Consumer Price Index News Release

Transmission of material in this release is embargoed until                                        
8:30 a.m. (EST) December 11, 2019              USDL-19-2144

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX - NOVEMBER 2019

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.3 percent in
November on a seasonally adjusted basis, after rising 0.4 percent in October,
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months,
the all items index increased 2.1 percent before seasonal adjustment. //CPI F5 BIG IP Test 09102021//

Increases in the shelter and energy indexes were major factors in the seasonally
adjusted monthly increase of the all items index. Increases in the indexes for
medical care, for recreation, and for food also contributed to the overall
increase. The gasoline index rose 1.1 percent in November and the other major
energy component indexes also increased. The food index rose 0.1 percent, with
the indexes for both food at home and food away from home increasing over the
month.
	
The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2 percent in November, the
same increase as in October. Along with the indexes for shelter, for medical
care, and for recreation, the indexes for used cars and trucks and for apparel
also rose in November. The new vehicles index fell in November, as did the
index for airline fares.

The all items index increased 2.1 percent for the 12 months ending November, a
larger rise than the 1.8-percent increase for the period ending October. The
index for all items less food and energy rose 2.3 percent over the last 12
months. The food index rose 2.0 percent over the last l2 months, while the
energy index declined 0.6 percent over the last year.  

Table A. Percent changes in CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city average
                                                                              			
PRELIM-Table A. Percent changes in CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city average

Seasonally adjusted changes from preceding month Un-
adjusted
12-mos.
ended
Aug. 2019
Feb.
2019
Mar.
2019
Apr.
2019
May
2019
Jun.
2019
Jul.
2019
Aug.
2019

All items

0.2 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.1     1.7

Food

0.4 0.3 -0.1 0.3 0.0     1.7

Food at home

0.4 0.4 -0.5 0.3 -0.2     0.5

Food away from home(1)

0.4 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.3     3.2

Energy

0.4 3.5 2.9 -0.6 -2.3     -4.4

Energy commodities

1.5 6.2 5.4 -0.4 -3.5     -7.1

Gasoline (all types)

1.5 6.5 5.7 -0.5 -3.6     -7.1

Fuel oil

2.6 2.1 1.3 -0.3 -2.3     -8.4

Energy services

-0.8 0.3 -0.1 -0.8 -0.7     -0.8

Electricity

-0.3 0.4 0.0 -0.8 -0.8     -0.1

Utility (piped) gas service

-2.4 -0.1 -0.8 -1.0 -0.3     -3.5

All items less food and energy

0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.3     2.4

Commodities less food and energy commodities

-0.2 -0.2 -0.3 -0.1 0.4     0.8

New vehicles

-0.2 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.1     0.2

Used cars and trucks

-0.7 -0.4 -1.3 -1.4 1.6     2.1

Apparel

0.3 -1.9 -0.8 0.0 1.1     1.0

Medical care commodities

-1.0 0.4 0.9 -0.4 -0.2     0.1

Services less energy services

0.2 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3     2.9

Shelter

0.3 0.4 0.4 0.2 0.3     3.4

Transportation services

-0.1 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0     0.9

Medical care services

0.0 0.3 0.2 0.5 0.4     4.3

Footnotes
(1) Not seasonally adjusted.



Food

The food index increased 0.1 percent in November following a 0.2-percent rise the
prior month. The index for food at home also rose 0.1 percent, after increasing
0.3 percent in October. Four of the six major grocery store food group indexes
increased in November. The index for dairy and related products rose 0.6 percent
over the month. The indexes for nonalcoholic beverages; meat, poultry, fish, and
eggs; and cereals and bakery products also increased in November.

The index for fruits and vegetables fell 0.7 percent in November after rising 0.9
percent in October, with the fresh fruit index declining 1.6 percent. The index
for other food at home was unchanged over the month.

The index for food away from home rose 0.2 percent in November, as it did in
October. The indexes for full service meals increased 0.3 percent in November,
while the index for limited service meals increased 0.1 percent over the month.
The food away from home index has increased every month since being unchanged in
June 2017.

The food at home index increased 1.0 percent over the last 12 months. All the
major grocery store food group indexes rose over the period, with increases
ranging from 0.4 percent (both the other food at home index and the fruits and
vegetables index) to 2.6 percent (the dairy and related products index). The
index for food away from home rose 3.2 percent over the last year, as the index
for full service meals increased 3.6 percent and the index for limited service
meals rose 3.0 percent.

Energy

The energy index increased 0.8 percent in November after rising 2.7 percent in
October. The gasoline index rose 1.1 percent in November following a 3.7-percent
increase in October. (Before seasonal adjustment, gasoline prices fell 1.1 percent
in November.) Other major energy indexes also rose in November, with the index
for natural gas rising 1.1 percent and the index for electricity increasing 0.3
percent.

The energy index declined 0.6 percent over the past 12 months. The gasoline index
fell 1.2 percent and the fuel oil index decreased 6.7 percent over the year. In
contrast, the index for natural gas rose 1.l percent and the index for electricity
advanced 0.5 percent.
 
All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.2 percent in November,
as it did in October. The medical care index increased 0.3 percent. The index for
hospital services also rose 0.3 percent and the index for physicians' services
increased 0.1 percent. The index for prescription drugs fell 0.1 percent in
November after increasing 1.8 percent in October.

The shelter index rose 0.3 percent in November. The index for rent also rose 0.3
percent, while the index for owners' equivalent rent increased 0.2 percent over
the month. The index for lodging away from home rose 1.1 percent in November after
falling 3.8 percent in October. The education index and the apparel index both
increased 0.1 percent over the month.

The recreation index rose 0.4 percent in November, after rising 0.7 percent in
October. Most of its major component indexes increased, including cable and
satellite television services (0.4 percent) and sporting goods (0.9 percent).
The index for used cars and trucks rose 0.6 percent in November after rising 1.3
percent in October.

The new vehicles index fell 0.1 percent in November, its fifth consecutive
decline. The index for airline fares fell 0.9 percent in November, while the
index for motor vehicle insurance fell 0.2 percent. The index for household
furnishings and operations was unchanged in November.

The index for all items less food and energy rose 2.3 percent over the past 12
months. The shelter index rose 3.3 percent over the 12-month span, and the medical
care index rose 4.2 percent. Most other major component indexes increased over
the 12-month span, although the indexes for apparel, for used cars and trucks,
and for motor vehicle insurance declined.

Not seasonally adjusted CPI measures

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 2.1 percent
over the last 12 months to an index level of 257.208 (1982-84=100). For the month,
the index decreased 0.1 percent prior to seasonal adjustment.  

The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W)
increased 1.9 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 250.644 
(1982-84=100). For the month, the index decreased 0.1 percent prior to seasonal
adjustment.  

The Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U) increased 1.9
percent over the last 12 months. For the month, the index decreased 0.1 percent
on a not seasonally adjusted basis. Please note that the indexes for the past 10
to 12 months are subject to revision. 

_______________
The Consumer Price Index for December 2019 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday,
January 14, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. (EST). 



Technical Note

Brief Explanation of the CPI

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures the change in prices paid by consumers for
goods and services. The CPI reflects spending patterns for each of two population
groups: all urban consumers and urban wage earners and clerical workers. The all
urban consumer group represents about 93 percent of the total U.S. population. It
is based on the expenditures of almost all residents of urban or metropolitan areas,
including professionals, the self-employed, the poor, the unemployed, and retired
people, as well as urban wage earners and clerical workers. Not included in the CPI
are the spending patterns of people living in rural nonmetropolitan areas, farming
families, people in the Armed Forces, and those in institutions, such as prisons and
mental hospitals. Consumer inflation for all urban consumers is measured by two
indexes, namely, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) and the
Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U).

The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) is based
on the expenditures of households included in the CPI-U definition that meet two
requirements: more than one-half of the household's income must come from clerical or
wage occupations, and at least one of the household's earners must have been employed
for at least 37 weeks during the previous 12 months. The CPI-W population represents
about 29 percent of the total U.S. population and is a subset of the CPI-U population.

The CPIs are based on prices of food, clothing, shelter, fuels, transportation, doctors'
and dentists' services, drugs, and other goods and services that people buy for
day-to-day living. Prices are collected each month in 75 urban areas across the country
from about 6,000 housing units and approximately 22,000 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 75 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 by the Bureau's trained representatives.

In calculating the index, price changes for the various items in each location are
aggregated using 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 23 selected 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. The CPI-U
and CPI-W are considered final when released, but the C-CPI-U is issued in preliminary
form and subject to three subsequent quarterly revisions.

The index measures price change from a designed reference date. For most of the CPI-U
and the CPI-W, the reference base is 1982-84 equals 100. The reference base for the
C-CPI-U is December 1999 equals 100.  An increase of 7 percent from the reference base,
for example, is shown as 107.000. Alternatively, that relationship can also be
expressed as the price of a base period market basket of goods and services rising from
$100 to $107.

Sampling Error in the CPI

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 0.03 percent for the U.S. all items CPI.
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 percent of
these estimates will be within 0.06 percent of the 1-month percentage change based on all
retail prices. For example, for a 1-month change of 0.2 percent in the all items CPI-U, we
are 95 percent confident that the actual percent change based on all retail prices would
fall between 0.14 and 0.26 percent. For the latest data, including information on how to use
the estimates of standard error, see https://www.bls.gov/cpi/tables/variance-estimates/home.htm.

Calculating Index Changes

Movements of the indexes from 1 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 following table shows an
example of using index values to calculate percent changes:
 
                                   Item A                       Item B                            Item C
Year I                            112.500                       225.000                          110.000
Year II                           121.500                       243.000                          128.000
Change in index points              9.000                        18.000                           18.000
Percent change  9.0/112.500 x 100 = 8.0      18.0/225.000 x 100 = 8.0        18.0/110.000 x 100 = 16.4

Use of Seasonally Adjusted and Unadjusted Data

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) produces both unadjusted and seasonally adjusted data. Seasonally
adjusted data are computed using seasonal factors derived by the X-13ARIMA-SEATS seasonal adjustment
method. These factors are updated each February, and the new factors are used to revise the previous
5 years of seasonally adjusted data. The factors are available at
www.bls.gov/cpi/tables/seasonal-adjustment/seasonal-factors-2019.pdf. For more information on
data revision scheduling, please see the Factsheet on Seasonal Adjustment at
www.bls.gov/cpi/seasonal-adjustment/questions-and-answers.htm and the Timeline of Seasonal
Adjustment Methodological Changes
at www.bls.gov/cpi/seasonal-adjustment/timeline-seasonal-adjustment-methodology-changes.htm. 
For analyzing short-term 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 weather events,
production cycles, model changeovers, holidays, and sales. This allows data users to focus on
changes that are not typical for the time of year. The unadjusted data are of primary interest to
consumers concerned about the prices they actually pay. Unadjusted data are also 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. BLS advises against the use of seasonally adjusted data in escalation agreements
because seasonally adjusted series are revised annually.

Intervention Analysis

The Bureau of Labor Statistics uses intervention analysis seasonal adjustment for some CPI series.
Sometimes extreme values or sharp movements can distort the underlying seasonal pattern of price
change. Intervention analysis seasonal adjustment is a process by which the distortions caused by
such unusual events are estimated and removed from the data prior to calculation of seasonal
factors. The resulting seasonal factors, which more accurately represent the seasonal pattern, are
then applied to the unadjusted data.

For example, this procedure was used for the motor fuel series to offset the effects of the 2009
return to normal pricing after the worldwide economic downturn in 2008. Retaining this outlier
data during seasonal factor calculation would distort the computation of the seasonal portion of
the time series data for motor fuel, so it was estimated and removed from the data prior to
seasonal adjustment. Following that, seasonal factors were calculated based on this "prior
adjusted" data. These seasonal factors represent a clearer picture of the seasonal pattern in the
data. The last step is for motor fuel seasonal factors to be applied to the unadjusted data.
For the seasonal factors introduced for January 2019, BLS adjusted 51 series using intervention
analysis seasonal adjustment, including selected food and beverage items, motor fuels, electricity,
and vehicles.

Revision of Seasonally Adjusted Indexes

Seasonally adjusted data, including the U.S. city average all items index levels, are subject to
revision for up to 5 years after their original release. Every year, economists in the CPI
calculate new seasonal factors for seasonally adjusted series and apply them to the last 5 years
of data. Seasonally adjusted indexes beyond the last 5 years of data are considered to be final
and not subject to revision. For January 2019, revised seasonal factors and seasonally adjusted
indexes for 2014 to 2018 were calculated and published. For series which are directly adjusted
using the Census X-13ARIMA-SEATS seasonal adjustment software, the seasonal factors for 2018 will
be applied to data for 2019 to produce the seasonally adjusted 2019 indexes. Series which are
indirectly seasonally adjusted by summing seasonally adjusted component series have seasonal
factors which are derived and are therefore not available in advance.

Determining Seasonal Status

Each year the seasonal status of every series is reevaluated based upon certain statistical
criteria. Using these criteria, BLS economists determine whether a series should change its status
from "not seasonally adjusted" to "seasonally adjusted", or vice versa. If any of the 81 components
of the U.S. city average all items index 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 before that
period will not be changed. Twenty-nine of the 81 components of the U.S. city average all items
index are not seasonally adjusted for 2019.

Contact Information

For additional information about the CPI visit www.bls.gov/cpi or contact the CPI Information and
Analysis Section at 202-691-7000 or cpi_info@bls.gov.

For additional information on seasonal adjustment in the CPI visit
www.bls.gov/cpi/seasonal-adjustment/home.htm or contact the CPI seasonal adjustment section at
202-691-6968 or cpiseas@bls.gov.

Information from 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): U.S. city average, by expenditure category and commodity
 and service group //QCT Test 02192015//

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                   Unadjusted                           
                                                 Relative   Unadjusted indexes percent change to   Seasonally adjusted  
                                               importance,                      Mar. 2006 from-    percent change from- 
                     CPI-U                       December                                                               
                                                   2005       Feb.      Mar.                                            
                                                              2006      2006     Mar.     Feb.   Dec. to Jan. to Feb. to
                                                                                 2005     2006     Jan.    Feb.    Mar. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000     198.7     199.8      3.4      0.6     0.7     0.1     0.4 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -     595.2     598.6        -        -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     15.051     194.4     194.5      2.6      0.1     0.5     0.2     0.1 
   Food.......................................     13.942     194.0     194.0      2.6      0.0     0.5     0.1     0.1 
    Food at home..............................      7.988     192.6     192.3      2.2     -0.2     0.5    -0.1    -0.1 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.098     210.3     210.9      1.2      0.3     0.5    -0.3     0.3 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      2.133     185.4     185.9      0.9      0.3     0.1    -0.3     0.3 
     Dairy and related products...............       .852     183.4     183.0      0.9     -0.2     0.5    -0.2     0.1 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.219     253.4     248.5      6.3     -1.9     1.7     0.7    -1.7 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................       .910     147.3     148.0      3.1      0.5     0.3    -0.2     0.7 
     Other food at home.......................      1.777     169.1     169.2      2.1      0.1     0.5    -0.1     0.1 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .302     167.3     170.1      4.6      1.7     0.2    -1.7     1.9 
      Fats and oils...........................       .231     170.4     168.5      0.9     -1.1     1.4     0.2    -1.4 
      Other foods (1).........................      1.244     184.7     184.5      1.8     -0.1     0.5     0.2    -0.1 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .328     113.4     113.0      1.0     -0.4     0.2     0.7    -0.4 
    Food away from home (1)...................      5.953     197.2     197.6      3.1      0.2     0.3     0.3     0.2 
     Other food away from home (2)............       .277     134.7     135.2      4.5      0.4     0.2     0.3     0.4 
   Alcoholic beverages (1)....................      1.109     199.5     200.1      2.2      0.3     0.8     0.8     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     42.380     200.5     201.3      3.7      0.4     0.5     0.1     0.2 
   Shelter....................................     32.260     228.3     229.9      2.5      0.7     0.1     0.4     0.4 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      5.832     221.6     222.3      3.2      0.3     0.1     0.3     0.4 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      2.611     133.4     140.4      1.5      5.2     0.5     0.6     0.8 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................     23.442     234.1     234.9      2.7      0.3     0.2     0.3     0.4 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .375     116.2     116.2     -2.4      0.0    -0.2     0.3     0.0 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.371     194.6     192.3     15.4     -1.2     3.4    -1.1    -0.9 
    Fuels.....................................      4.494     177.5     174.8     17.8     -1.5     3.8    -1.4    -1.0 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .339     230.5     230.4     17.9      0.0    -1.2    -2.8     0.4 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      4.155     182.8     179.9     17.8     -1.6     4.2    -1.3    -1.1 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................       .877     135.0     135.1      4.8      0.1     0.7     0.8    -0.2 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.749     126.8     126.7      0.5     -0.1    -0.3     0.0     0.1 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .779     135.0     134.9      5.1     -0.1     0.6     0.7    -0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.786     116.6     122.0     -1.2      4.6     0.3    -1.0     1.0 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................       .915     112.7     116.2     -2.8      3.1     0.2    -1.0     0.5 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.612     106.3     115.0     -1.8      8.2    -0.6    -1.3     2.2 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .183     116.6     118.7     -0.3      1.8     0.2     1.7    -0.2 
   Footwear...................................       .759     122.8     125.4      2.1      2.1     2.1    -0.7     0.4 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     17.415     175.8     177.4      5.1      0.9     1.8    -0.2     0.9 
   Private transportation.....................     16.329     171.9     173.5      5.0      0.9     1.8    -0.2     1.0 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      7.858      96.2      96.0      0.4     -0.2     0.3     0.1    -0.1 
     New vehicles.............................      5.155     139.3     138.8     -0.2     -0.4     0.6     0.1    -0.1 
     Used cars and trucks (1).................      1.799     139.5     140.0      1.7      0.4     0.1     0.1     0.4 
    Motor fuel................................      4.191     198.1     205.8     17.0      3.9     6.2    -0.9     3.6 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      4.148     197.0     204.7     17.0      3.9     6.4    -1.0     3.6 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .362     114.9     115.4      4.1      0.4     0.4     0.4     0.4 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair......      1.131     212.9     213.4      4.3      0.2     0.2     0.9     0.3 
   Public transportation......................      1.087     221.3     222.6      5.9      0.6     1.3    -0.2    -0.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      6.220     332.1     333.8      4.1      0.5     0.1     0.5     0.4 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.457     283.1     284.3      4.1      0.4     0.4     0.3     0.4 
   Medical care services......................      4.764     346.1     348.0      4.1      0.5     0.0     0.5     0.4 
    Professional services.....................      2.815     286.5     287.8      2.9      0.5    -0.3     0.2     0.4 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.576     460.4     463.3      5.9      0.6     0.7     1.1     0.6 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.637     110.2     110.6      1.5      0.4     0.0     0.1     0.4 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.783     104.3     105.2      0.6      0.9    -0.2    -0.2     0.9 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.047     115.7     115.6      2.6     -0.1     0.4     0.2     0.2 
   Education (2)..............................      2.967     158.4     158.4      6.1      0.0     0.7     0.3     0.5 
    Educational books and supplies............       .196     382.0     383.1      6.2      0.3     0.5     0.1     0.5 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare.      2.771     457.2     457.2      6.1      0.0     0.7     0.3     0.5 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.080      84.5      84.4     -0.9     -0.1     0.2     0.0    -0.1 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      2.895      82.0      81.9     -1.4     -0.1    -0.1    -0.1    -0.1 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.245      95.2      95.0      0.0     -0.2     0.0     0.0    -0.2 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................       .650      13.0      13.0     -7.1      0.0    -0.8     0.0     0.0 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (2)...................       .236      11.5      11.4    -14.9     -0.9    -0.9    -0.9    -0.9 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.463     319.1     320.0      2.8      0.3     0.3     0.1     0.2 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........       .710     515.9     519.0      4.5      0.6     0.4     0.2     0.6 
   Personal care..............................      2.752     188.6     189.1      2.4      0.3     0.2     0.1     0.1 
    Personal care products (1)................       .710     155.6     155.2      1.4     -0.3     0.3    -0.1    -0.3 
    Personal care services (1)................       .675     207.9     208.5      2.6      0.3    -0.1     0.7     0.3 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........      1.172     309.3     310.9      3.4      0.5     0.3     0.1     0.5 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     40.790     161.4     162.8      2.9      0.9     0.9    -0.1     0.6 
  Food and beverages..........................     15.051     194.4     194.5      2.6      0.1     0.5     0.2     0.1 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     25.739     142.8     144.7      3.1      1.3     1.1    -0.3     0.8 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     14.163     169.1     173.3      5.9      2.5     2.3    -1.8     0.8 
    Apparel...................................      3.786     116.6     122.0     -1.2      4.6     0.3    -1.0     1.0 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     10.377     205.7     209.3      8.6      1.8     2.5    -0.3     1.8 
   Durables...................................     11.576     115.3     115.1     -0.5     -0.2     0.1    -0.1     0.0 
 Services.....................................     59.210     235.7     236.6      3.8      0.4     0.5     0.2     0.2 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     31.884     237.8     239.6      2.5      0.8     0.1     0.4     0.3 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .375     116.2     116.2     -2.4      0.0    -0.2     0.3     0.0 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      4.155     182.8     179.9     17.8     -1.6     4.2    -1.3    -1.1 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................       .877     135.0     135.1      4.8      0.1     0.7     0.8    -0.2 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .779     135.0     134.9      5.1     -0.1     0.6     0.7    -0.1 
  Transportation services.....................      5.707     228.7     228.8      2.5      0.0     0.4     0.0    -0.1 
  Medical care services.......................      4.764     346.1     348.0      4.1      0.5     0.0     0.5     0.4 
  Other services..............................     10.669     273.9     274.6      3.2      0.3     0.3     0.2     0.4 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     86.058     199.5     200.8      3.5      0.7     0.7     0.1     0.4 
 All items less shelter.......................     67.740     189.4     190.3      3.9      0.5     0.9    -0.1     0.4 
 All items less medical care..................     93.780     191.9     193.0      3.3      0.6     0.7     0.0     0.4 
 Commodities less food........................     26.848     144.9     146.8      3.0      1.3     1.1    -0.3     0.8 
 Nondurables less food........................     15.272     171.0     175.0      5.7      2.3     2.2    -1.7     0.8 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     11.486     204.2     207.5      8.0      1.6     2.3    -0.1     1.6 
 Nondurables..................................     29.214     182.2     184.4      4.2      1.2     1.5    -0.9     0.5 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     27.325     251.0     250.9      5.2      0.0     0.9    -0.1     0.0 
 Services less medical care services..........     54.446     226.5     227.3      3.7      0.4     0.5     0.0     0.2 
 Energy.......................................      8.685     186.4     188.6     17.3      1.2     5.0    -1.2     1.3 
 All items less energy........................     91.315     201.6     202.6      2.2      0.5     0.2     0.2     0.2 
  All items less food and energy..............     77.373     203.6     204.9      2.1      0.6     0.2     0.1     0.3 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     22.319     140.3     141.5      0.3      0.9     0.2    -0.1     0.3 
    Energy commodities........................      4.530     201.1     208.3     17.0      3.6     5.7    -1.0     3.3 
   Services less energy services..............     55.055     241.1     242.4      2.8      0.5     0.2     0.3     0.3 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -    $ .503    $ .500        -        -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -    $ .168    $ .167        -        -       -       -       - 

   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.
   - 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--   
                                                 Dec.    Jan.    Feb.    Mar.                                           
                                                 2005    2006    2006    2006                                           
                                                                                June   Sep.   Dec.   Mar.   Sep.   Mar. 
                                                                                2005   2005   2005   2006   2005   2006 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................  197.7   199.0   199.1   199.8    1.5   10.1   -1.8    4.3    5.7    1.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................  193.1   194.0   194.3   194.4    3.0    2.1    2.3    2.7    2.5    2.5 
   Food.......................................  192.7   193.6   193.8   193.9    3.4    1.9    2.5    2.5    2.7    2.5 
    Food at home..............................  191.4   192.4   192.3   192.2    3.4    1.3    2.3    1.7    2.4    2.0 
     Cereals and bakery products..............  209.9   211.0   210.3   210.9    0.0    0.2    2.3    1.9    0.1    2.1 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........  185.7   185.8   185.3   185.9    2.0   -0.9    2.0    0.4    0.5    1.2 
     Dairy and related products...............  182.5   183.4   183.1   183.2    2.4   -2.4    2.0    1.5    0.0    1.8 
     Fruits and vegetables....................  247.2   251.5   253.2   248.8   10.5    7.0    5.5    2.6    8.7    4.1 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................  146.1   146.5   146.2   147.2    4.3    3.4    1.4    3.0    3.8    2.2 
     Other food at home.......................  168.1   169.0   168.8   169.0    3.4    1.7    1.2    2.2    2.6    1.7 
      Sugar and sweets........................  169.0   169.3   166.5   169.7    7.9    1.2    7.9    1.7    4.5    4.8 
      Fats and oils...........................  167.1   169.4   169.8   167.5   -1.7    8.2   -3.5    1.0    3.2   -1.3 
      Other foods (1).........................  183.3   184.3   184.7   184.5    3.6    0.4    0.4    2.6    2.0    1.5 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......  112.4   112.6   113.4   113.0   -5.9    4.8    3.3    2.2   -0.7    2.7 
    Food away from home (1)...................  196.0   196.6   197.2   197.6    3.2    2.9    2.9    3.3    3.0    3.1 
     Other food away from home (2)............  133.9   134.2   134.6   135.2    7.0    4.3    2.7    3.9    5.6    3.3 
   Alcoholic beverages (1)....................  196.4   198.0   199.5   200.1    0.4    1.4   -0.4    7.8    0.9    3.6 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................  199.7   200.6   200.8   201.3    1.7    4.4    6.0    3.2    3.0    4.6 
   Shelter....................................  227.2   227.4   228.2   229.2    1.1    1.1    4.5    3.6    1.1    4.0 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............  220.4   220.7   221.4   222.3    3.0    3.0    3.3    3.5    3.0    3.4 
    Lodging away from home (2)................  132.8   133.4   134.2   135.3  -10.6   -9.5   21.5    7.7  -10.1   14.4 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................  232.7   233.2   233.9   234.9    2.3    2.3    2.6    3.8    2.3    3.2 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..  116.1   115.9   116.2   116.2   -3.3   -4.7   -1.7    0.3   -4.0   -0.7 
   Fuels and utilities........................  193.5   200.0   197.9   196.1    8.0   31.0   18.9    5.5   18.9   12.0 
    Fuels.....................................  176.8   183.6   181.0   179.1    8.7   38.0   22.1    5.3   22.5   13.4 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................  230.7   227.9   221.6   222.4   19.0  119.2  -14.2  -13.6   61.5  -13.9 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  182.1   189.8   187.3   185.2    7.9   32.6   25.9    7.0   19.6   16.1 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................  133.1   134.0   135.1   134.8    4.7    4.1    5.3    5.2    4.4    5.2 
   Household furnishings and operations.......  126.8   126.4   126.4   126.5    0.0    0.3    2.6   -0.9    0.2    0.8 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............  133.3   134.1   135.0   134.9    5.7    2.8    7.2    4.9    4.3    6.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................  118.7   119.1   117.9   119.1   -4.2    0.0   -2.0    1.4   -2.1   -0.3 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................  114.6   114.8   113.6   114.2   -5.0   -3.4   -1.4   -1.4   -4.2   -1.4 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................  110.2   109.5   108.1   110.5   -6.9   -2.2    0.7    1.1   -4.6    0.9 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............  114.8   115.0   117.0   116.8    2.1   -9.8    0.0    7.2   -4.1    3.5 
   Footwear...................................  122.2   124.8   123.9   124.4    2.0    5.7   -6.0    7.4    3.8    0.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................  174.1   177.2   176.9   178.5    0.7   44.8  -24.2   10.5   20.8   -8.5 
   Private transportation.....................  170.2   173.3   172.9   174.6    0.0   47.6  -25.5   10.7   21.5   -9.2 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........   95.4    95.7    95.8    95.7    2.1    0.4   -2.1    1.3    1.3   -0.4 
     New vehicles.............................  137.4   138.2   138.3   138.2    0.0   -4.3    1.2    2.3   -2.2    1.8 
     Used cars and trucks (1).................  139.2   139.3   139.5   140.0    6.5    4.7   -6.3    2.3    5.6   -2.1 
    Motor fuel................................  194.1   206.2   204.4   211.7   -5.0  267.4  -62.1   41.5   86.8  -26.8 
     Gasoline (all types).....................  193.0   205.4   203.3   210.6   -5.0  269.7  -62.4   41.8   87.4  -26.9 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....  114.0   114.4   114.9   115.4    1.1    5.5    4.7    5.0    3.3    4.8 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair......  210.4   210.8   212.7   213.4    3.4    4.7    3.1    5.8    4.0    4.5 
   Public transportation......................  222.3   225.1   224.6   223.9   12.7    5.6    2.7    2.9    9.1    2.8 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................  329.4   329.8   331.4   332.8    3.5    3.3    5.3    4.2    3.4    4.7 
   Medical care commodities...................  281.1   282.3   283.1   284.3    3.1    3.4    5.1    4.6    3.2    4.9 
   Medical care services......................  343.2   343.3   345.1   346.6    3.8    3.3    5.3    4.0    3.5    4.7 
    Professional services.....................  286.3   285.3   285.9   287.0    3.5    3.2    4.0    1.0    3.3    2.5 
    Hospital and related services (3).........  449.7   452.7   457.7   460.5    3.8    2.9    7.2   10.0    3.3    8.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................  110.0   110.0   110.1   110.5    0.4    3.0    0.7    1.8    1.7    1.3 
   Video and audio (2)........................  104.4   104.2   104.0   104.9   -4.5    6.4   -1.1    1.9    0.8    0.4 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............  115.0   115.5   115.7   115.9    1.8    2.8    2.5    3.2    2.3    2.8 
   Education (2)..............................  156.8   157.9   158.3   159.1    6.8    5.9    5.8    6.0    6.4    5.9 
    Educational books and supplies............  376.9   378.9   379.4   381.2    5.7    7.8    6.7    4.6    6.7    5.7 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare.  452.7   455.8   457.2   459.5    6.7    5.9    5.8    6.1    6.3    6.0 
   Communication (2)..........................   84.3    84.5    84.5    84.4   -2.8    0.0   -1.4    0.5   -1.4   -0.5 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................   82.2    82.1    82.0    81.9   -3.3    0.0   -1.0   -1.5   -1.7   -1.2 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............   95.2    95.2    95.2    95.0   -1.7    2.1    0.4   -0.8    0.2   -0.2 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................   13.1    13.0    13.0    13.0  -10.9   -8.5   -5.9   -3.0   -9.8   -4.5 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (2)...................   11.7    11.6    11.5    11.4  -11.4  -19.9  -18.1   -9.9  -15.7  -14.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................  317.7   318.5   318.8   319.5    1.8    3.8    3.2    2.3    2.8    2.7 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........  513.1   515.1   515.9   519.0    1.0   10.3    2.4    4.7    5.5    3.5 
   Personal care..............................  187.9   188.3   188.5   188.7    2.2    2.0    3.5    1.7    2.1    2.6 
    Personal care products (1)................  155.4   155.8   155.6   155.2    3.4    1.3    1.6   -0.5    2.4    0.5 
    Personal care services (1)................  206.6   206.4   207.9   208.5   -0.6    3.2    4.0    3.7    1.3    3.8 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........  307.6   308.5   308.9   310.3    3.5    2.9    3.6    3.6    3.2    3.6 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................  160.7   162.1   161.9   162.8    0.8   18.9  -11.1    5.3    9.4   -3.2 
  Food and beverages..........................  193.1   194.0   194.3   194.4    3.0    2.1    2.3    2.7    2.5    2.5 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........  142.3   143.9   143.5   144.7   -0.9   30.4  -18.4    6.9   13.7   -6.6 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........  170.0   173.9   170.8   172.1    4.8   46.3  -21.8    5.0   23.8   -9.4 
    Apparel...................................  118.7   119.1   117.9   119.1   -4.2    0.0   -2.0    1.4   -2.1   -0.3 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................  203.4   208.5   207.9   211.6   -0.2   84.4  -35.4   17.1   35.7  -13.0 
   Durables...................................  114.8   114.9   114.8   114.8    0.0   -0.7   -1.4    0.0   -0.3   -0.7 
 Services.....................................  234.4   235.5   236.0   236.5    2.1    4.1    5.3    3.6    3.1    4.5 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................  236.6   236.9   237.8   238.6    0.9    1.2    4.3    3.4    1.0    3.9 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....  116.1   115.9   116.2   116.2   -3.3   -4.7   -1.7    0.3   -4.0   -0.7 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............  182.1   189.8   187.3   185.2    7.9   32.6   25.9    7.0   19.6   16.1 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................  133.1   134.0   135.1   134.8    4.7    4.1    5.3    5.2    4.4    5.2 
  Household operations (1) (2)................  133.3   134.1   135.0   134.9    5.7    2.8    7.2    4.9    4.3    6.0 
  Transportation services.....................  228.3   229.1   229.0   228.8    4.0    4.3    0.9    0.9    4.2    0.9 
  Medical care services.......................  343.2   343.3   345.1   346.6    3.8    3.3    5.3    4.0    3.5    4.7 
  Other services..............................  272.4   273.1   273.7   274.7    2.0    4.1    3.3    3.4    3.0    3.4 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................  198.6   199.9   200.0   200.8    1.2   11.4   -2.4    4.5    6.2    1.0 
 All items less shelter.......................  188.4   190.1   189.9   190.6    2.0   14.4   -4.5    4.8    8.0    0.0 
 All items less medical care..................  191.0   192.3   192.3   193.0    1.5   10.2   -2.1    4.3    5.8    1.0 
 Commodities less food........................  144.4   146.0   145.6   146.8   -0.8   29.2  -17.7    6.8   13.2   -6.2 
 Nondurables less food........................  171.6   175.4   172.5   173.8    4.4   43.1  -20.8    5.2   22.3   -8.7 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............  202.0   206.6   206.3   209.6   -0.2   75.9  -33.0   15.9   32.5  -11.9 
 Nondurables..................................  181.8   184.6   182.9   183.9    3.9   22.3  -11.2    4.7   12.7   -3.6 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............  249.5   251.7   251.5   251.4    4.6    6.8    6.2    3.1    5.7    4.6 
 Services less medical care services..........  225.4   226.6   226.7   227.1    2.6    3.9    5.3    3.1    3.2    4.2 
 Energy.......................................  184.3   193.5   191.2   193.6    1.5  134.3  -34.7   21.8   54.2  -10.8 
 All items less energy........................  200.7   201.1   201.5   202.0    1.6    1.6    2.8    2.6    1.6    2.7 
  All items less food and energy..............  202.8   203.2   203.5   204.2    1.2    1.8    2.6    2.8    1.5    2.7 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................  140.2   140.5   140.3   140.7   -0.3    0.0   -0.3    1.4   -0.1    0.6 
    Energy commodities........................  197.3   208.6   206.5   213.4   -3.7  255.4  -60.0   36.9   85.0  -26.0 
   Services less energy services..............  239.8   240.2   241.0   241.8    1.9    2.2    3.9    3.4    2.1    3.7 

   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.
 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                                  
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                               Prici-           Indexes             Percent change to    Percent change to 
                     CPI-U                       ng                                  Mar. 2006 from--      Feb. 2006 from--  
                                               sched-                                                                      
                                                 ule   Dec.   Jan.   Feb.   Mar.                                           
                                                 (1)   2005   2006   2006   2006   Mar.   Jan.   Feb.   Feb.   Dec.   Jan. 
                                                                                   2005   2006   2006   2005   2005   2006 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                           
 U.S. city average............................   M    196.8  198.3  198.7  199.8    3.4    0.8    0.6    3.6    1.0    0.2 
                                                                                                                           
            Region and area size(2)                                                                                        
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
 Northeast urban..............................   M    209.0  211.0  211.6  212.8    3.3    0.9    0.6    3.9    1.2    0.3 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000...............   M    211.3  213.2  213.8  215.0    3.1    0.8    0.6    3.8    1.2    0.3 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3).........   M    123.6  124.8  125.2  126.0    3.9    1.0    0.6    4.2    1.3    0.3 
                                                                                                                           
 Midwest urban................................   M    189.7  190.8  190.7  192.0    3.1    0.6    0.7    3.0    0.5   -0.1 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000...............   M    191.6  192.7  192.5  193.8    2.9    0.6    0.7    2.9    0.5   -0.1 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3).........   M    120.9  121.6  121.6  122.3    3.0    0.6    0.6    3.0    0.6    0.0 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                   
       50,000)................................   M    184.4  185.3  185.2  186.7    3.8    0.8    0.8    3.3    0.4   -0.1 
                                                                                                                           
 South urban..................................   M    190.1  191.5  191.8  192.8    3.7    0.7    0.5    3.8    0.9    0.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000...............   M    191.9  193.6  193.9  194.6    3.6    0.5    0.4    3.9    1.0    0.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3).........   M    121.2  122.0  122.1  123.0    3.9    0.8    0.7    3.7    0.7    0.1 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                   
       50,000)................................   M    189.7  191.0  191.1  192.3    4.2    0.7    0.6    4.4    0.7    0.1 
                                                                                                                           
 West urban...................................   M    200.0  201.7  202.7  203.8    3.4    1.0    0.5    3.6    1.4    0.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000...............   M    203.0  204.7  205.7  206.8    3.5    1.0    0.5    3.7    1.3    0.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3).........   M    121.8  122.9  123.7  124.2    3.2    1.1    0.4    3.4    1.6    0.7 
                                                                                                                           
                 Size classes                                                                                              
                                                                                                                           
   A (4)......................................   M    180.0  181.4  181.9  182.8    3.3    0.8    0.5    3.6    1.1    0.3 
   B/C (3)....................................   M    121.6  122.5  122.7  123.5    3.6    0.8    0.7    3.5    0.9    0.2 
   D..........................................   M    189.3  190.1  190.2  191.6    3.7    0.8    0.7    3.5    0.5    0.1 
                                                                                                                           
            Selected local areas(5)                                                                                        
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI...............   M    196.4  197.5  197.2  197.6    3.3    0.1    0.2    3.5    0.4   -0.2 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA......   M    203.9  206.0  207.5  208.5    4.7    1.2    0.5    5.1    1.8    0.7 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                       
     NY-NJ-CT-PA..............................   M    214.2  215.9  216.4  218.2    2.7    1.1    0.8    3.6    1.0    0.2 
                                                                                                                           
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT..........   1        -  220.5      -  221.3    3.3    0.4      -      -      -      - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH..........................   1        -  190.3      -  190.7    2.4    0.2      -      -      -      - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX........................   1        -  188.6      -  188.4    3.9   -0.1      -      -      -      - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6)........   1        -  126.3      -  126.8    3.3    0.4      -      -      -      - 
                                                                                                                           
 Atlanta, GA..................................   2    188.7      -  189.8      -      -      -      -    2.4    0.6      - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI..................   2    192.4      -  194.8      -      -      -      -    3.7    1.2      - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX...............   2    177.2      -  178.6      -      -      -      -    2.3    0.8      - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL....................   2    197.4      -  202.2      -      -      -      -    6.1    2.4      - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                    
     PA-NJ-DE-MD..............................   2    204.9      -  209.0      -      -      -      -    4.4    2.0      - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA...........   2    203.4      -  207.1      -      -      -      -    2.9    1.8      - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA.................   2    200.9      -  203.6      -      -      -      -    3.0    1.3      - 

   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                           
                                                 Relative   Unadjusted indexes percent change to   Seasonally adjusted  
                                               importance,                      Mar. 2006 from-    percent change from- 
                     CPI-W                       December                                                               
                                                   2005       Feb.      Mar.                                            
                                                              2006      2006     Mar.     Feb.   Dec. to Jan. to Feb. to
                                                                                 2005     2006     Jan.    Feb.    Mar. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000     194.2     195.3      3.6      0.6     0.7     0.0     0.5 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -     578.6     581.8        -        -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     16.537     193.7     193.8      2.5      0.1     0.4     0.1     0.1 
   Food.......................................     15.519     193.3     193.2      2.5     -0.1     0.4     0.1     0.1 
    Food at home..............................      9.347     191.7     191.4      2.1     -0.2     0.5    -0.1    -0.1 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.275     210.5     211.1      1.3      0.3     0.7    -0.5     0.4 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      2.653     185.1     185.8      0.8      0.4    -0.1    -0.2     0.4 
     Dairy and related products...............       .965     183.3     182.7      0.8     -0.3     0.3     0.1    -0.1 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.338     251.3     245.9      6.3     -2.1     1.5     0.9    -2.0 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................      1.087     146.7     147.3      3.0      0.4     0.3    -0.3     0.8 
     Other food at home.......................      2.030     168.7     168.7      2.1      0.0     0.5     0.0     0.1 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .337     166.5     169.0      4.4      1.5     0.1    -1.5     1.8 
      Fats and oils...........................       .287     171.2     169.4      1.3     -1.1     1.5     0.4    -1.3 
      Other foods (1).........................      1.406     185.0     184.8      1.7     -0.1     0.4     0.3    -0.1 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .370     113.8     113.4      0.8     -0.4     0.1     0.7    -0.4 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.172     197.0     197.4      3.0      0.2     0.3     0.3     0.2 
     Other food away from home (2)............       .275     134.4     134.8      4.4      0.3     0.1     0.4     0.4 
   Alcoholic beverages (1)....................      1.018     199.4     200.5      2.3      0.6     0.9     0.7     0.6 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     40.161     196.1     196.6      4.1      0.3     0.5     0.1     0.2 
   Shelter....................................     30.069     221.2     222.4      2.6      0.5     0.0     0.4     0.5 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      7.880     220.8     221.4      3.2      0.3     0.1     0.3     0.4 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      1.412     133.1     140.4      2.4      5.5    -0.5     1.3     1.6 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................     20.429     212.4     213.0      2.7      0.3     0.2     0.3     0.4 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .348     116.5     116.5     -2.4      0.0    -0.2     0.3     0.0 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.900     193.2     190.8     15.1     -1.2     3.3    -1.1    -0.9 
    Fuels.....................................      4.984     175.0     172.4     17.4     -1.5     3.8    -1.4    -1.1 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .347     229.7     229.8     17.7      0.0    -1.6    -2.8     0.5 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      4.637     181.1     178.3     17.5     -1.5     4.2    -1.4    -1.1 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................       .916     135.3     135.4      4.8      0.1     0.7     0.7    -0.1 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.193     122.4     122.5      0.5      0.1    -0.2     0.2     0.0 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .363     137.5     137.3      5.5     -0.1     0.5     0.6    -0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      4.090     116.1     121.6     -1.1      4.7     0.0    -0.7     1.1 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................       .982     112.7     115.7     -3.3      2.7     0.1    -0.7     0.0 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.689     105.4     114.3     -2.1      8.4    -1.1    -1.0     2.1 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .242     118.1     120.8     -0.9      2.3     0.3     0.8     0.8 
   Footwear...................................       .964     122.1     124.7      2.5      2.1     1.8    -0.6     0.9 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     19.669     174.8     176.6      5.4      1.0     1.8    -0.3     1.1 
   Private transportation.....................     18.931     172.0     173.8      5.4      1.0     1.9    -0.3     1.2 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      8.944      95.2      95.1      0.6     -0.1     0.3     0.0     0.1 
     New vehicles.............................      5.380     140.3     139.9     -0.1     -0.3     0.6     0.0     0.1 
     Used cars and trucks (1).................      2.801     140.3     140.8      1.7      0.4     0.1     0.1     0.4 
    Motor fuel................................      5.244     198.7     206.5     17.0      3.9     6.2    -1.1     3.7 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      5.193     197.7     205.6     17.0      4.0     6.2    -1.1     3.7 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .434     114.3     114.9      4.0      0.5     0.3     0.4     0.5 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair......      1.130     215.4     215.8      4.3      0.2     0.2     0.8     0.3 
   Public transportation......................       .738     220.4     221.6      6.0      0.5     1.3    -0.1    -0.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      5.171     331.5     333.2      4.0      0.5     0.1     0.3     0.5 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.140     276.3     277.3      4.0      0.4     0.4     0.4     0.4 
   Medical care services......................      4.030     346.4     348.3      4.0      0.5     0.0     0.3     0.6 
    Professional services.....................      2.336     288.9     290.2      2.8      0.4    -0.3     0.2     0.3 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.332     455.4     458.4      5.7      0.7     0.6     0.9     0.6 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.097     107.5     107.9      1.3      0.4     0.0     0.1     0.4 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.928     103.6     104.4      0.5      0.8    -0.2     0.0     0.7 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      5.635     113.1     113.0      2.1     -0.1     0.4     0.1     0.2 
   Education (2)..............................      2.243     156.7     156.8      6.1      0.1     0.8     0.3     0.4 
    Educational books and supplies............       .199     383.5     384.9      6.2      0.4     0.6     0.3     0.4 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare.      2.044     443.2     443.1      6.0      0.0     0.8     0.3     0.4 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.392      86.3      86.2     -0.7     -0.1     0.1     0.0    -0.1 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      3.244      84.6      84.5     -0.9     -0.1     0.0     0.0    -0.1 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.653      95.4      95.2      0.1     -0.2     0.0     0.1    -0.2 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................       .590      13.5      13.6     -6.2      0.7     0.0    -0.7     0.7 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (2)...................       .208      11.3      11.3    -14.4      0.0    -1.7    -0.9     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.640     328.4     329.4      3.1      0.3     0.3     0.1     0.3 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........      1.137     517.9     520.9      4.7      0.6     0.4     0.2     0.6 
   Personal care..............................      2.504     186.8     187.2      2.3      0.2     0.3     0.1     0.2 
    Personal care products (1)................       .774     155.6     155.2      1.2     -0.3     0.3    -0.1    -0.3 
    Personal care services (1)................       .616     208.0     208.5      2.4      0.2    -0.1     0.7     0.2 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........       .949     309.7     311.4      3.5      0.5     0.3     0.2     0.5 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     44.601     162.7     164.3      3.2      1.0     1.0    -0.2     0.7 
  Food and beverages..........................     16.537     193.7     193.8      2.5      0.1     0.4     0.1     0.1 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     28.064     145.1     147.2      3.5      1.4     1.2    -0.3     1.0 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     15.599     174.0     178.7      6.5      2.7     2.5    -1.8     0.8 
    Apparel...................................      4.090     116.1     121.6     -1.1      4.7     0.0    -0.7     1.1 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     11.509     213.9     218.1      9.4      2.0     2.7    -0.3     1.9 
   Durables...................................     12.465     115.3     115.2     -0.1     -0.1     0.2     0.0     0.0 
 Services.....................................     55.399     231.2     231.8      3.9      0.3     0.5     0.1     0.3 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     29.721     213.1     214.3      2.6      0.6     0.0     0.4     0.5 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .348     116.5     116.5     -2.4      0.0    -0.2     0.3     0.0 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      4.637     181.1     178.3     17.5     -1.5     4.2    -1.4    -1.1 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................       .916     135.3     135.4      4.8      0.1     0.7     0.7    -0.1 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .363     137.5     137.3      5.5     -0.1     0.5     0.6    -0.1 
  Transportation services.....................      5.659     229.0     229.0      2.2      0.0     0.2     0.0     0.0 
  Medical care services.......................      4.030     346.4     348.3      4.0      0.5     0.0     0.3     0.6 
  Other services..............................      9.726     265.0     265.7      2.9      0.3     0.3     0.2     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     84.481     194.2     195.5      3.7      0.7     0.8    -0.1     0.5 
 All items less shelter.......................     69.931     186.5     187.6      4.0      0.6     1.0    -0.2     0.4 
 All items less medical care..................     94.829     188.4     189.5      3.5      0.6     0.7     0.0     0.4 
 Commodities less food........................     29.082     147.0     149.1      3.5      1.4     1.2    -0.3     1.0 
 Nondurables less food........................     16.617     175.6     180.1      6.3      2.6     2.4    -1.7     0.9 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     12.527     211.7     215.6      8.7      1.8     2.6    -0.3     1.8 
 Nondurables..................................     32.136     184.5     186.9      4.4      1.3     1.5    -0.8     0.5 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     25.679     222.9     222.7      5.2     -0.1     1.0    -0.2     0.0 
 Services less medical care services..........     51.369     222.5     223.0      3.9      0.2     0.5     0.0     0.1 
 Energy.......................................     10.228     185.9     188.4     17.1      1.3     5.0    -1.3     1.4 
 All items less energy........................     89.772     196.1     197.0      2.1      0.5     0.2     0.2     0.3 
  All items less food and energy..............     74.253     197.1     198.2      2.1      0.6     0.2     0.2     0.4 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     23.491     140.7     141.9      0.4      0.9     0.1     0.0     0.3 
    Energy commodities........................      5.591     200.9     208.4     17.0      3.7     5.7    -1.2     3.4 
   Services less energy services..............     50.762     236.5     237.5      2.8      0.4     0.1     0.3     0.4 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -    $ .515    $ .512        -        -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -    $ .173    $ .172        -        -       -       -       - 

   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.
   - 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--   
                                                 Dec.    Jan.    Feb.    Mar.                                           
                                                 2005    2006    2006    2006                                           
                                                                                June   Sep.   Dec.   Mar.   Sep.   Mar. 
                                                                                2005   2005   2005   2006   2005   2006 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................  193.3   194.6   194.6   195.5    1.7   11.7   -3.0    4.6    6.6    0.7 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................  192.5   193.3   193.5   193.7    3.0    1.7    2.7    2.5    2.3    2.6 
   Food.......................................  192.1   192.9   193.1   193.2    3.2    1.7    2.8    2.3    2.5    2.5 
    Food at home..............................  190.6   191.5   191.4   191.3    3.5    1.1    2.6    1.5    2.3    2.0 
     Cereals and bakery products..............  209.9   211.3   210.3   211.1    0.6   -0.4    2.7    2.3    0.1    2.5 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........  185.6   185.4   185.0   185.8    2.0   -0.9    1.7    0.4    0.5    1.1 
     Dairy and related products...............  182.3   182.9   183.0   182.8    2.4   -2.6    1.8    1.1   -0.1    1.4 
     Fruits and vegetables....................  245.3   249.0   251.2   246.2   10.6    6.9    6.8    1.5    8.7    4.1 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................  145.5   146.0   145.5   146.6    4.6    3.1    1.7    3.1    3.8    2.4 
     Other food at home.......................  167.6   168.4   168.4   168.5    2.9    1.7    1.4    2.2    2.3    1.8 
      Sugar and sweets........................  168.1   168.3   165.7   168.7    7.4    1.5    7.7    1.4    4.4    4.5 
      Fats and oils...........................  167.4   169.9   170.6   168.4   -2.4    9.0   -3.3    2.4    3.2   -0.5 
      Other foods (1).........................  183.7   184.4   185.0   184.8    3.1    0.2    1.1    2.4    1.7    1.8 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......  112.9   113.0   113.8   113.4   -6.9    5.2    3.6    1.8   -1.1    2.7 
    Food away from home (1)...................  195.8   196.4   197.0   197.4    3.0    2.9    2.9    3.3    2.9    3.1 
     Other food away from home (2)............  133.7   133.9   134.4   135.0    7.0    4.3    2.7    3.9    5.7    3.3 
   Alcoholic beverages (1)....................  196.3   198.0   199.4   200.5   -0.6    0.6    0.6    8.8    0.0    4.6 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................  195.2   196.2   196.4   196.8    2.6    4.9    5.7    3.3    3.7    4.5 
   Shelter....................................  220.1   220.2   221.0   222.0    1.7    1.5    3.9    3.5    1.6    3.7 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............  219.6   219.9   220.5   221.4    3.0    3.0    3.5    3.3    3.0    3.4 
    Lodging away from home (2)................  132.5   131.9   133.6   135.8   -7.9  -12.0   22.7   10.3  -10.0   16.3 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................  211.0   211.5   212.2   213.0    2.3    2.1    2.5    3.8    2.2    3.2 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..  116.4   116.2   116.5   116.5   -3.6   -4.7   -1.7    0.3   -4.1   -0.7 
   Fuels and utilities........................  192.2   198.6   196.4   194.7    8.6   29.8   19.1    5.3   18.7   12.0 
    Fuels.....................................  174.5   181.1   178.5   176.6    9.1   36.1   22.1    4.9   21.8   13.2 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................  230.4   226.8   220.4   221.4   19.6  120.4  -14.8  -14.7   62.4  -14.8 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  180.5   188.1   185.5   183.4    8.4   30.9   25.6    6.6   19.1   15.7 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................  133.4   134.3   135.3   135.1    4.7    4.0    5.3    5.2    4.4    5.2 
   Household furnishings and operations.......  122.2   121.9   122.2   122.2    0.3    0.0    1.3    0.0    0.2    0.7 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............  136.0   136.7   137.5   137.3    8.2    2.1    7.7    3.9    5.1    5.8 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................  118.2   118.2   117.4   118.7   -4.3   -0.7   -1.7    1.7   -2.5    0.0 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................  114.2   114.3   113.5   113.5   -6.3   -3.1   -1.0   -2.4   -4.7   -1.7 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................  109.6   108.4   107.3   109.6   -7.0   -2.9    1.5    0.0   -4.9    0.7 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............  117.3   117.6   118.5   119.4   -0.7  -10.2    1.0    7.4   -5.6    4.1 
   Footwear...................................  121.5   123.7   123.0   124.1    3.0    4.3   -5.7    8.8    3.7    1.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................  173.2   176.4   175.9   177.8    0.7   48.7  -25.6   11.1   22.4   -9.1 
   Private transportation.....................  170.3   173.5   173.0   175.0    0.2   50.6  -26.6   11.5   22.9   -9.5 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........   94.5    94.8    94.8    94.9    2.6    1.3   -2.9    1.7    1.9   -0.6 
     New vehicles.............................  138.4   139.2   139.2   139.3    0.0   -3.7    0.9    2.6   -1.9    1.7 
     Used cars and trucks (1).................  140.0   140.1   140.3   140.8    6.5    4.9   -6.6    2.3    5.7   -2.2 
    Motor fuel................................  195.1   207.1   204.8   212.3   -4.8  267.8  -61.9   40.2   87.2  -26.9 
     Gasoline (all types).....................  194.1   206.1   203.8   211.3   -4.8  267.8  -62.0   40.4   87.1  -26.9 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....  113.6   113.9   114.3   114.9    1.1    5.5    4.7    4.7    3.3    4.7 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair......  212.9   213.4   215.2   215.8    3.5    4.9    3.3    5.6    4.2    4.4 
   Public transportation......................  220.8   223.6   223.3   222.7   11.1    6.3    3.3    3.5    8.7    3.4 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................  329.2   329.5   330.5   332.2    3.8    3.0    5.7    3.7    3.4    4.7 
   Medical care commodities...................  274.2   275.3   276.3   277.3    2.7    2.7    6.1    4.6    2.7    5.3 
   Medical care services......................  344.0   344.0   345.0   346.9    4.1    3.1    5.5    3.4    3.6    4.5 
    Professional services.....................  288.7   287.7   288.3   289.3    3.7    2.8    3.7    0.8    3.3    2.2 
    Hospital and related services (3).........  446.2   448.7   452.7   455.6    4.0    2.3    7.9    8.7    3.1    8.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................  107.3   107.3   107.4   107.8    0.4    2.7    0.4    1.9    1.5    1.1 
   Video and audio (2)........................  103.6   103.4   103.4   104.1   -4.2    6.0   -1.5    1.9    0.8    0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............  112.4   112.9   113.0   113.2    1.5    2.5    1.8    2.9    2.0    2.3 
   Education (2)..............................  155.0   156.2   156.6   157.3    6.3    5.7    5.9    6.1    6.0    6.0 
    Educational books and supplies............  377.9   380.2   381.2   382.9    5.5    7.4    6.3    5.4    6.5    5.8 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare.  438.3   442.0   443.2   444.9    6.4    5.6    5.8    6.2    6.0    6.0 
   Communication (2)..........................   86.2    86.3    86.3    86.2   -2.3    0.5   -0.9    0.0   -0.9   -0.5 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................   84.6    84.6    84.6    84.5   -2.3    0.0   -0.9   -0.5   -1.2   -0.7 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............   95.3    95.3    95.4    95.2   -1.3    2.1    0.0   -0.4    0.4   -0.2 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................   13.6    13.6    13.5    13.6   -8.0   -8.2   -8.4    0.0   -8.1   -4.3 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (2)...................   11.6    11.4    11.3    11.3  -14.3  -17.6  -15.5  -10.0  -16.0  -12.8 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................  326.8   327.8   328.1   329.2    1.9    4.7    2.7    3.0    3.3    2.9 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........  515.0   517.1   517.9   520.9    1.2   11.1    2.2    4.7    6.0    3.4 
   Personal care..............................  186.0   186.5   186.6   187.0    2.2    1.8    3.1    2.2    2.0    2.6 
    Personal care products (1)................  155.4   155.8   155.6   155.2    3.2    1.3    1.0   -0.5    2.2    0.3 
    Personal care services (1)................  206.9   206.6   208.0   208.5   -0.6    3.0    4.2    3.1    1.2    3.6 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........  308.0   308.9   309.4   310.8    3.8    2.9    3.7    3.7    3.4    3.7 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................  161.9   163.5   163.2   164.3    0.8   20.7  -12.3    6.1   10.3   -3.6 
  Food and beverages..........................  192.5   193.3   193.5   193.7    3.0    1.7    2.7    2.5    2.3    2.6 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........  144.5   146.3   145.9   147.3   -0.6   34.1  -20.0    8.0   15.5   -7.1 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........  174.9   179.3   176.0   177.4    5.1   50.6  -23.5    5.8   25.8  -10.0 
    Apparel...................................  118.2   118.2   117.4   118.7   -4.3   -0.7   -1.7    1.7   -2.5    0.0 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................  211.5   217.2   216.5   220.7   -1.6   95.5  -37.4   18.6   38.7  -13.9 
   Durables...................................  114.8   115.0   115.0   115.0    0.7   -0.3   -1.4    0.7    0.2   -0.3 
 Services.....................................  230.0   231.1   231.4   232.0    2.5    4.3    5.2    3.5    3.4    4.4 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................  212.1   212.1   212.9   213.9    1.7    1.7    3.9    3.4    1.7    3.7 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....  116.4   116.2   116.5   116.5   -3.6   -4.7   -1.7    0.3   -4.1   -0.7 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............  180.5   188.1   185.5   183.4    8.4   30.9   25.6    6.6   19.1   15.7 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................  133.4   134.3   135.3   135.1    4.7    4.0    5.3    5.2    4.4    5.2 
  Household operations (1) (2)................  136.0   136.7   137.5   137.3    8.2    2.1    7.7    3.9    5.1    5.8 
  Transportation services.....................  228.5   229.0   228.9   228.9    3.1    3.8    1.4    0.7    3.4    1.1 
  Medical care services.......................  344.0   344.0   345.0   346.9    4.1    3.1    5.5    3.4    3.6    4.5 
  Other services..............................  263.6   264.3   264.8   265.7    1.6    3.9    3.1    3.2    2.7    3.2 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................  193.3   194.8   194.7   195.7    1.5   13.5   -4.2    5.1    7.3    0.3 
 All items less shelter.......................  185.6   187.4   187.1   187.9    1.8   16.1   -5.8    5.0    8.7   -0.5 
 All items less medical care..................  187.5   188.9   188.9   189.7    1.8   12.0   -3.5    4.8    6.8    0.5 
 Commodities less food........................  146.4   148.2   147.8   149.3   -0.6   32.2  -19.2    8.2   14.6   -6.5 
 Nondurables less food........................  176.3   180.5   177.4   179.0    4.6   47.2  -22.2    6.3   24.1   -9.1 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............  209.2   214.6   214.0   217.8   -0.8   85.5  -35.5   17.5   35.6  -12.9 
 Nondurables..................................  184.1   186.9   185.4   186.3    3.6   23.9  -11.9    4.9   13.3   -3.9 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............  221.7   223.9   223.4   223.3    4.6    7.1    6.4    2.9    5.8    4.6 
 Services less medical care services..........  221.4   222.6   222.7   223.0    3.0    4.3    5.0    2.9    3.7    4.0 
 Energy.......................................  183.9   193.1   190.6   193.3    1.2  140.3  -36.9   22.1   55.9  -12.2 
 All items less energy........................  195.3   195.7   196.0   196.6    1.7    1.9    2.3    2.7    1.8    2.5 
  All items less food and energy..............  196.3   196.6   197.0   197.7    1.5    1.7    2.3    2.9    1.6    2.6 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................  140.5   140.7   140.7   141.1    0.3    0.6   -0.8    1.7    0.4    0.4 
    Energy commodities........................  197.6   208.8   206.3   213.4   -3.5  257.8  -60.2   36.0   85.9  -26.4 
   Services less energy services..............  235.3   235.6   236.3   237.2    2.1    2.3    3.7    3.3    2.2    3.5 

   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.
 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                                  
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                               Prici-           Indexes             Percent change to    Percent change to 
                     CPI-W                       ng                                  Mar. 2006 from--      Feb. 2006 from--  
                                               sched-                                                                      
                                                 ule   Dec.   Jan.   Feb.   Mar.                                           
                                                 (1)   2005   2006   2006   2006   Mar.   Jan.   Feb.   Feb.   Dec.   Jan. 
                                                                                   2005   2006   2006   2005   2005   2006 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                           
 U.S. city average............................   M    192.5  194.0  194.2  195.3    3.6    0.7    0.6    3.7    0.9    0.1 
                                                                                                                           
            Region and area size(2)                                                                                        
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
 Northeast urban..............................   M    205.5  207.5  207.9  209.0    3.6    0.7    0.5    4.0    1.2    0.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000...............   M    206.4  208.2  208.6  209.7    3.4    0.7    0.5    3.7    1.1    0.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3).........   M    123.7  125.2  125.5  126.1    4.0    0.7    0.5    4.5    1.5    0.2 
                                                                                                                           
 Midwest urban................................   M    185.1  186.2  185.9  187.0    3.2    0.4    0.6    3.2    0.4   -0.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000...............   M    186.2  187.3  186.9  188.0    3.0    0.4    0.6    3.1    0.4   -0.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3).........   M    120.3  121.1  121.0  121.7    3.3    0.5    0.6    3.2    0.6   -0.1 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                   
       50,000)................................   M    182.4  183.5  183.2  184.7    4.2    0.7    0.8    3.8    0.4   -0.2 
                                                                                                                           
 South urban..................................   M    187.2  188.8  188.9  189.9    3.9    0.6    0.5    4.1    0.9    0.1 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000...............   M    189.7  191.6  191.8  192.4    3.8    0.4    0.3    4.2    1.1    0.1 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3).........   M    119.8  120.7  120.7  121.6    3.9    0.7    0.7    3.8    0.8    0.0 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                   
       50,000)................................   M    189.8  191.0  191.1  192.4    4.5    0.7    0.7    4.6    0.7    0.1 
                                                                                                                           
 West urban...................................   M    194.9  196.3  197.2  198.3    3.3    1.0    0.6    3.5    1.2    0.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000...............   M    196.2  197.6  198.6  199.7    3.4    1.1    0.6    3.7    1.2    0.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3).........   M    121.3  122.3  123.1  123.6    3.2    1.1    0.4    3.4    1.5    0.7 
                                                                                                                           
                 Size classes                                                                                              
                                                                                                                           
   A (4)......................................   M    178.4  179.8  180.0  181.0    3.4    0.7    0.6    3.6    0.9    0.1 
   B/C (3)....................................   M    120.7  121.7  121.9  122.6    3.6    0.7    0.6    3.7    1.0    0.2 
   D..........................................   M    187.9  188.7  188.7  190.2    4.0    0.8    0.8    3.9    0.4    0.0 
                                                                                                                           
            Selected local areas(5)                                                                                        
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI...............   M    190.2  191.2  190.6  190.9    3.3   -0.2    0.2    3.5    0.2   -0.3 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA......   M    196.5  198.3  199.9  200.8    4.5    1.3    0.5    5.0    1.7    0.8 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                       
     NY-NJ-CT-PA..............................   M    208.7  210.2  210.6  212.0    3.2    0.9    0.7    3.6    0.9    0.2 
                                                                                                                           
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT..........   1        -  219.5      -  220.5    3.5    0.5      -      -      -      - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH..........................   1        -  181.4      -  181.6    2.5    0.1      -      -      -      - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX........................   1        -  189.9      -  189.7    4.5   -0.1      -      -      -      - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6)........   1        -  126.1      -  126.4    3.4    0.2      -      -      -      - 
                                                                                                                           
 Atlanta, GA..................................   2    187.2      -  188.5      -      -      -      -    2.8    0.7      - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI..................   2    187.9      -  189.6      -      -      -      -    3.8    0.9      - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX...............   2    175.1      -  176.7      -      -      -      -    2.9    0.9      - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL....................   2    195.5      -  199.9      -      -      -      -    6.2    2.3      - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                    
     PA-NJ-DE-MD..............................   2    205.2      -  209.1      -      -      -      -    4.6    1.9      - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA...........   2    199.3      -  202.5      -      -      -      -    2.6    1.6      - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA.................   2    196.1      -  198.0      -      -      -      -    2.9    1.0      - 

   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         Mar. 2006 from-  
                    C-CPI-U                     December                                          
                                                2003-2004                                         
                                                              Feb.      Mar.      Mar.      Feb.  
                                                              2006      2006      2005      2006  
                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                  
             Expenditure category                                                                 
                                                                                                  
 All items....................................    100.000    R115.5     116.1       3.0       0.5 
                                                                                                  
  Food and beverages..........................     15.072     114.9     114.9       2.4       0.0 
   Food.......................................     13.943     114.9     114.9       2.5       0.0 
    Food at home..............................      8.029     112.5     112.4       2.2      -0.1 
    Food away from home.......................      5.914     118.2     118.4       3.0       0.2 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.130     114.9     115.2       2.1       0.3 
                                                                                                  
  Housing.....................................     42.173     120.4     120.9       3.5       0.4 
   Shelter....................................     32.495     120.7     121.6       2.6       0.7 
   Fuels and utilities........................      4.702     149.4     147.8      14.2      -1.1 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.977      96.9      96.8       0.0      -0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Apparel.....................................      4.076      87.6      91.7      -1.2       4.7 
                                                                                                  
  Transportation..............................     17.095     116.6     117.4       4.3       0.7 
   Private transportation.....................     15.988     117.2     118.1       4.2       0.8 
   Public transportation......................      1.107     108.8     109.5       5.6       0.6 
                                                                                                  
  Medical care................................      6.055     129.8     130.4       3.9       0.5 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.458     119.8     120.3       3.9       0.4 
   Medical care services......................      4.597     133.2     133.9       4.0       0.5 
                                                                                                  
  Recreation..................................      5.863     105.3     105.7       1.1       0.4 
                                                                                                  
  Education and communication.................      6.190     102.8     102.7       1.6      -0.1 
   Education..................................      2.751     147.1     147.1       6.1       0.0 
   Communication..............................      3.439      76.4      76.3      -1.9      -0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Other goods and services....................      3.475     118.8     119.1       2.7       0.3 
                                                                                                  
          Commodity and service group                                                             
                                                                                                  
 Services.....................................     58.763     122.9     123.4       3.6       0.4 
 Commodities..................................     41.237     106.1     107.0       2.2       0.8 
  Durables....................................     12.340      88.1      87.9      -0.9      -0.2 
 Nondurables..................................     28.897     114.9     116.3       3.6       1.2 
  All items less food and energy..............     78.707     111.8     112.5       2.0       0.6 
 Energy.......................................      7.351     162.0     163.7      16.6       1.0 

   R Revised.
 Indexes for 2006 are initial estimates.  Indexes for 2005 are interim adjustments.
 NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


 Table 1 (OW). Old Weight 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   
                                                 Relative       Unadjusted    percent change to
                                                importance,      indexes       Mar. 2006 from- 
                Item and group                   December                                      
                                                   2005                                        
                                                              Feb.     Mar.     Mar.     Feb.  
                                                              2006     2006     2005     2006  
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                               
             Expenditure category                                                              
                                                                                               
 All items....................................     100.000    198.7    200.0      3.5      0.7 
 All items (1967=100).........................           -    595.3    599.0        -        - 
                                                                                               
  Food and beverages..........................      15.127    194.4    194.5      2.6      0.1 
   Food.......................................      14.151    194.0    194.0      2.6      0.0 
    Food at home..............................       8.049    192.7    192.5      2.3     -0.1 
     Cereals and bakery products..............       1.157    210.4    210.9      1.2      0.2 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........       2.229    185.5    186.0      0.9      0.3 
     Dairy and related products...............        .836    183.4    182.9      0.8     -0.3 
     Fruits and vegetables....................       1.242    253.6    248.8      6.5     -1.9 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                       
         materials............................        .885    147.5    148.2      3.2      0.5 
     Other food at home.......................       1.700    169.1    169.4      2.2      0.2 
      Sugar and sweets........................        .297    167.5    170.2      4.7      1.6 
      Fats and oils...........................        .246    170.5    168.6      1.0     -1.1 
      Other foods.............................       1.157    184.6    184.7      1.9      0.1 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1)..........        .295    113.2    113.0      1.0     -0.2 
    Food away from home.......................       6.102    197.1    197.5      3.0      0.2 
     Other food away from home (1)............        .338    134.5    135.0      4.3      0.4 
   Alcoholic beverages........................        .976    199.6    200.3      2.4      0.4 
                                                                                               
  Housing.....................................      42.224    200.5    201.4      3.8      0.4 
   Shelter....................................      32.442    228.4    230.2      2.6      0.8 
    Rent of primary residence (2).............       6.116    221.6    222.3      3.2      0.3 
    Lodging away from home (1)................       3.009    132.6    139.8      1.1      5.4 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                         
        residence (2) (3).....................      22.951    234.2    234.9      2.7      0.3 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)......        .366    116.2    116.2     -2.4      0.0 
   Fuels and utilities........................       5.538    193.9    191.4     14.8     -1.3 
    Fuels.....................................       4.592    176.6    173.9     17.2     -1.5 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................        .360    230.4    230.3     17.8      0.0 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (2)..........       4.233    181.9    178.8     17.1     -1.7 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                       
        services (1)..........................        .946    135.0    135.1      4.8      0.1 
   Household furnishings and operations.......       4.243    126.8    126.8      0.6      0.0 
    Household operations (1)..................        .717    134.7    134.8      5.1      0.1 
                                                                                               
  Apparel.....................................       3.677    116.4    121.9     -1.3      4.7 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................        .927    112.5    115.8     -3.2      2.9 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................       1.568    106.0    114.9     -1.9      8.4 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............        .177    116.9    119.2      0.2      2.0 
   Footwear...................................        .747    123.1    125.6      2.3      2.0 
                                                                                               
  Transportation..............................      17.650    175.8    177.6      5.2      1.0 
   Private transportation.....................      16.595    172.0    173.7      5.1      1.0 
    New and used motor vehicles (1)...........       7.519     96.1     96.0      0.4     -0.1 
     New vehicles.............................       4.521    139.3    138.8     -0.2     -0.4 
     Used cars and trucks.....................       1.998    139.5    139.9      1.6      0.3 
    Motor fuel................................       4.460    198.1    205.8     17.0      3.9 
     Gasoline (all types).....................       4.418    197.0    204.8     17.0      4.0 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment.........        .366    114.9    115.4      4.1      0.4 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair......       1.344    213.0    213.5      4.3      0.2 
   Public transportation......................       1.055    221.2    222.5      5.9      0.6 
                                                                                               
  Medical care................................       6.186    332.2    333.8      4.1      0.5 
   Medical care commodities...................       1.488    283.4    284.5      4.1      0.4 
   Medical care services......................       4.698    346.1    347.9      4.1      0.5 
    Professional services.....................       2.776    286.5    287.7      2.9      0.4 
    Hospital and related services (2).........       1.540    460.2    463.1      5.9      0.6 
                                                                                               
  Recreation (1)..............................       5.605    110.4    110.8      1.7      0.4 
   Video and audio (1)........................       1.637    104.3    105.1      0.5      0.8 
                                                                                               
  Education and communication (1).............       5.791    115.8    115.7      2.7     -0.1 
   Education (1)..............................       3.008    158.5    158.5      6.2      0.0 
    Educational books and supplies............        .223    381.9    383.1      6.2      0.3 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare.       2.784    457.4    457.4      6.1      0.0 
   Communication (1)..........................       2.784     84.5     84.5     -0.8      0.0 
    Information and information processing (1)       2.612     82.1     82.0     -1.3     -0.1 
     Telephone services (1)...................       2.123     95.2     95.1      0.1     -0.1 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                      
         services (4).........................        .489     12.9     13.0     -7.1      0.8 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                        
          equipment (1).......................        .156     11.5     11.4    -14.9     -0.9 
                                                                                               
  Other goods and services....................       3.739    319.1    320.1      2.9      0.3 
   Tobacco and smoking products...............        .824    515.9    518.9      4.5      0.6 
   Personal care..............................       2.916    188.6    189.1      2.4      0.3 
    Personal care products....................        .645    155.3    155.1      1.4     -0.1 
    Personal care services....................        .647    208.0    208.4      2.5      0.2 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........       1.449    309.2    310.7      3.3      0.5 
                                                                                               
          Commodity and service group                                                          
                                                                                               
 Commodities..................................      39.974    161.5    163.0      3.0      0.9 
  Food and beverages..........................      15.127    194.4    194.5      2.6      0.1 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........      24.847    143.0    145.0      3.3      1.4 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........      14.289    169.3    173.6      6.0      2.5 
    Apparel...................................       3.677    116.4    121.9     -1.3      4.7 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                      
        apparel...............................      10.612    205.9    209.7      8.8      1.8 
   Durables...................................      10.558    115.4    115.2     -0.4     -0.2 
 Services.....................................      60.026    235.6    236.6      3.8      0.4 
  Rent of shelter (3).........................      32.076    237.9    239.9      2.7      0.8 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1)........        .366    116.2    116.2     -2.4      0.0 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (2).............       4.233    181.9    178.8     17.1     -1.7 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                         
      services (1)............................        .946    135.0    135.1      4.8      0.1 
  Household operations (1)....................        .717    134.7    134.8      5.1      0.1 
  Transportation services.....................       6.194    228.6    228.7      2.4      0.0 
  Medical care services.......................       4.698    346.1    347.9      4.1      0.5 
  Other services..............................      10.795    274.1    274.8      3.3      0.3 
                                                                                               
                Special indexes                                                                
                                                                                               
 All items less food..........................      85.849    199.6    201.0      3.6      0.7 
 All items less shelter.......................      67.558    189.4    190.4      3.9      0.5 
 All items less medical care..................      93.814    191.9    193.1      3.4      0.6 
 Commodities less food........................      25.823    145.1    147.1      3.2      1.4 
 Nondurables less food........................      15.265    171.1    175.3      5.9      2.5 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............      11.588    204.5    208.0      8.3      1.7 
 Nondurables..................................      29.416    182.3    184.6      4.3      1.3 
 Services less rent of shelter (3)............      27.950    250.8    250.6      5.1     -0.1 
 Services less medical care services..........      55.328    226.4    227.4      3.7      0.4 
 Energy.......................................       9.052    186.1    188.3     17.1      1.2 
 All items less energy........................      90.948    201.6    202.7      2.2      0.5 
  All items less food and energy..............      76.797    203.7    205.0      2.1      0.6 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                            
       commodities............................      21.004    140.4    141.6      0.4      0.9 
    Energy commodities........................       4.819    201.1    208.4     17.1      3.6 
   Services less energy services..............      55.793    241.1    242.5      2.9      0.6 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                       
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................           -   $ .503   $ .500        -        - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                       
     (1967=$1.00).............................           -   $ .168   $ .167        -        - 

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


 Table 2 (OW).  Old Weight 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   
                                                 Relative       Unadjusted    percent change to
                                                importance,      indexes       Mar. 2006 from- 
                Item and group                   December                                      
                                                   2005                                        
                                                              Feb.     Mar.     Mar.     Feb.  
                                                              2006     2006     2005     2006  
                                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                               
             Expenditure category                                                              
                                                                                               
 All items....................................     100.000    194.3    195.4      3.6      0.6 
 All items (1967=100).........................           -    578.8    582.1        -        - 
                                                                                               
  Food and beverages..........................      16.817    193.7    193.8      2.5      0.1 
   Food.......................................      15.758    193.3    193.3      2.5      0.0 
    Food at home..............................       9.374    191.7    191.5      2.2     -0.1 
     Cereals and bakery products..............       1.310    210.5    210.9      1.2      0.2 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........       2.787    185.2    185.8      0.8      0.3 
     Dairy and related products...............        .946    183.4    182.7      0.8     -0.4 
     Fruits and vegetables....................       1.365    251.2    246.1      6.4     -2.0 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                       
         materials............................       1.051    146.8    147.5      3.1      0.5 
     Other food at home.......................       1.914    168.7    168.9      2.2      0.1 
      Sugar and sweets........................        .312    167.0    169.7      4.9      1.6 
      Fats and oils...........................        .298    170.5    168.6      0.8     -1.1 
      Other foods.............................       1.304    185.0    185.1      1.9      0.1 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1)..........        .335    113.8    113.5      0.9     -0.3 
    Food away from home.......................       6.385    196.9    197.3      3.0      0.2 
     Other food away from home (1)............        .255    134.4    134.9      4.5      0.4 
   Alcoholic beverages........................       1.059    199.0    200.2      2.1      0.6 
                                                                                               
  Housing.....................................      39.247    196.2    196.7      4.1      0.3 
   Shelter....................................      29.666    221.4    222.7      2.7      0.6 
    Rent of primary residence (2).............       8.000    220.7    221.4      3.2      0.3 
    Lodging away from home (1)................       1.739    133.3    140.3      2.3      5.3 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                         
        residence (2) (3).....................      19.607    212.4    213.0      2.7      0.3 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)......        .321    116.3    116.3     -2.6      0.0 
   Fuels and utilities........................       5.903    192.7    190.2     14.8     -1.3 
    Fuels.....................................       4.935    174.5    171.8     17.0     -1.5 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................        .337    229.9    230.1     17.8      0.1 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (2)..........       4.598    180.6    177.5     16.9     -1.7 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                       
        services (1)..........................        .968    135.3    135.5      4.9      0.1 
   Household furnishings and operations.......       3.677    122.4    122.5      0.5      0.1 
    Household operations (1)..................        .326    137.5    137.5      5.6      0.0 
                                                                                               
  Apparel.....................................       4.020    116.6    121.5     -1.2      4.2 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................       1.009    112.3    115.1     -3.8      2.5 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................       1.582    106.1    114.5     -2.0      7.9 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............        .226    120.0    122.0      0.1      1.7 
   Footwear...................................        .970    122.4    124.7      2.5      1.9 
                                                                                               
  Transportation..............................      20.141    174.8    176.7      5.4      1.1 
   Private transportation.....................      19.348    172.0    173.9      5.5      1.1 
    New and used motor vehicles (1)...........       8.889     95.2     95.1      0.6     -0.1 
     New vehicles.............................       4.550    140.3    139.9     -0.1     -0.3 
     Used cars and trucks.....................       3.465    140.3    140.8      1.7      0.4 
    Motor fuel................................       5.443    198.7    206.6     17.1      4.0 
     Gasoline (all types).....................       5.396    197.8    205.7     17.1      4.0 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment.........        .451    114.5    115.0      4.1      0.4 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair......       1.362    215.6    216.1      4.4      0.2 
   Public transportation......................        .793    219.9    220.9      5.7      0.5 
                                                                                               
  Medical care................................       5.059    331.7    333.3      4.1      0.5 
   Medical care commodities...................       1.127    276.3    277.3      4.0      0.4 
   Medical care services......................       3.931    346.7    348.4      4.1      0.5 
    Professional services.....................       2.275    288.9    290.2      2.8      0.4 
    Hospital and related services (2).........       1.297    456.0    458.7      5.8      0.6 
                                                                                               
  Recreation (1)..............................       5.408    107.6    108.0      1.4      0.4 
   Video and audio (1)........................       1.816    103.5    104.4      0.5      0.9 
                                                                                               
  Education and communication (1).............       5.419    113.1    113.1      2.2      0.0 
   Education (1)..............................       2.416    156.7    156.7      6.0      0.0 
    Educational books and supplies............        .220    383.3    384.2      6.0      0.2 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare.       2.196    443.1    443.1      6.0      0.0 
   Communication (1)..........................       3.003     86.3     86.2     -0.7     -0.1 
    Information and information processing (1)       2.861     84.6     84.5     -0.9     -0.1 
     Telephone services (1)...................       2.399     95.4     95.3      0.2     -0.1 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                      
         services (4).........................        .462     13.5     13.6     -6.2      0.7 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                        
          equipment (1).......................        .140     11.3     11.3    -14.4      0.0 
                                                                                               
  Other goods and services....................       3.889    328.3    329.4      3.1      0.3 
   Tobacco and smoking products...............       1.275    517.9    520.8      4.7      0.6 
   Personal care..............................       2.614    186.8    187.2      2.3      0.2 
    Personal care products....................        .696    155.4    155.1      1.2     -0.2 
    Personal care services....................        .605    208.1    208.6      2.5      0.2 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........       1.154    309.7    311.3      3.5      0.5 
                                                                                               
          Commodity and service group                                                          
                                                                                               
 Commodities..................................      44.564    162.8    164.3      3.2      0.9 
  Food and beverages..........................      16.817    193.7    193.8      2.5      0.1 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........      27.747    145.3    147.4      3.7      1.4 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........      15.719    174.3    178.8      6.6      2.6 
    Apparel...................................       4.020    116.6    121.5     -1.2      4.2 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                      
        apparel...............................      11.700    214.0    218.3      9.5      2.0 
   Durables...................................      12.027    115.3    115.2     -0.1     -0.1 
 Services.....................................      55.436    231.2    231.9      3.9      0.3 
  Rent of shelter (3).........................      29.345    213.3    214.6      2.8      0.6 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1)........        .321    116.3    116.3     -2.6      0.0 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (2).............       4.598    180.6    177.5     16.9     -1.7 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                         
      services (1)............................        .968    135.3    135.5      4.9      0.1 
  Household operations (1)....................        .326    137.5    137.5      5.6      0.0 
  Transportation services.....................       6.109    229.0    229.0      2.2      0.0 
  Medical care services.......................       3.931    346.7    348.4      4.1      0.5 
  Other services..............................       9.837    265.1    265.8      3.0      0.3 
                                                                                               
                Special indexes                                                                
                                                                                               
 All items less food..........................      84.242    194.3    195.6      3.8      0.7 
 All items less shelter.......................      70.334    186.6    187.6      4.0      0.5 
 All items less medical care..................      94.941    188.5    189.6      3.5      0.6 
 Commodities less food........................      28.806    147.2    149.3      3.6      1.4 
 Nondurables less food........................      16.778    175.9    180.2      6.3      2.4 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............      12.759    211.8    215.8      8.8      1.9 
 Nondurables..................................      32.537    184.6    186.9      4.4      1.2 
 Services less rent of shelter (3)............      26.091    222.8    222.5      5.2     -0.1 
 Services less medical care services..........      51.504    222.5    223.1      3.9      0.3 
 Energy.......................................      10.378    185.7    188.3     17.0      1.4 
 All items less energy........................      89.622    196.2    197.1      2.2      0.5 
  All items less food and energy..............      73.864    197.2    198.3      2.1      0.6 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                            
       commodities............................      23.026    140.8    141.9      0.4      0.8 
    Energy commodities........................       5.780    201.0    208.6     17.1      3.8 
   Services less energy services..............      50.838    236.7    237.7      2.9      0.4 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                       
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................           -   $ .515   $ .512        -        - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                       
     (1967=$1.00).............................           -   $ .173   $ .172        -        - 

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


 Table 3 (OW). Old Weight Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Selected areas, all items index 

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                All items                                  
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                               Prici-           Indexes             Percent change to    Percent change to 
                     Area                        ng                                  Mar. 2006 from-       Feb. 2006 from-   
                                               sched-                                                                      
                                                 ule                                                                       
                                                 (1)   Dec.   Jan.   Feb.   Mar.   Mar.   Jan.   Feb.   Feb.   Dec.   Jan. 
                                                       2005   2006   2006   2006   2005   2006   2006   2005   2005   2006 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                           
 U.S. city average............................   M    196.8  198.3  198.7  200.0    3.5    0.9    0.7    3.6    1.0    0.2 
                                                                                                                           
            Region and area size(2)                                                                                        
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
 Northeast urban..............................   M    209.0  211.1  211.8  213.3    3.5    1.0    0.7    4.0    1.3    0.3 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000...............   M    211.3  213.3  214.1  215.4    3.3    1.0    0.6    3.9    1.3    0.4 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3).........   M    123.6  124.9  125.3  126.3    4.1    1.1    0.8    4.3    1.4    0.3 
                                                                                                                           
 Midwest urban................................   M    189.7  190.8  190.7  192.0    3.1    0.6    0.7    3.0    0.5   -0.1 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000...............   M    191.6  192.7  192.5  193.8    2.9    0.6    0.7    2.9    0.5   -0.1 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3).........   M    120.9  121.6  121.6  122.3    3.0    0.6    0.6    3.0    0.6    0.0 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                   
       50,000)................................   M    184.4  185.4  185.3  187.0    3.9    0.9    0.9    3.4    0.5   -0.1 
                                                                                                                           
 South urban..................................   M    190.1  191.6  191.8  192.9    3.8    0.7    0.6    3.8    0.9    0.1 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000...............   M    191.9  193.7  193.8  194.7    3.6    0.5    0.5    3.9    1.0    0.1 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3).........   M    121.2  122.0  122.1  123.0    3.9    0.8    0.7    3.7    0.7    0.1 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                   
       50,000)................................   M    189.7  191.1  191.3  192.3    4.2    0.6    0.5    4.5    0.8    0.1 
                                                                                                                           
 West urban...................................   M    200.0  201.6  202.7  203.7    3.3    1.0    0.5    3.6    1.4    0.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000...............   M    203.0  204.6  205.7  206.8    3.5    1.1    0.5    3.7    1.3    0.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3).........   M    121.8  122.9  123.7  124.2    3.2    1.1    0.4    3.4    1.6    0.7 
                                                                                                                           
                 Size classes                                                                                              
                                                                                                                           
   A (4)......................................   M    180.0  181.5  181.9  182.9    3.3    0.8    0.5    3.6    1.1    0.2 
   B/C (3)....................................   M    121.6  122.5  122.8  123.6    3.7    0.9    0.7    3.6    1.0    0.2 
   D..........................................   M    189.3  190.2  190.2  191.8    3.8    0.8    0.8    3.5    0.5    0.0 
                                                                                                                           
            Selected local areas(5)                                                                                        
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI...............   M    196.4  197.6  197.2  197.6    3.3    0.0    0.2    3.5    0.4   -0.2 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA......   M    203.9  205.9  207.6  208.5    4.7    1.3    0.4    5.2    1.8    0.8 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                       
     NY-NJ-CT-PA..............................   M    214.2  215.9  216.6  218.6    2.9    1.3    0.9    3.7    1.1    0.3 
                                                                                                                           
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT..........   1        -  221.0      -  221.6    3.5    0.3      -      -      -      - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH..........................   1        -  190.3      -  191.0    2.5    0.4      -      -      -      - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX........................   1        -  188.7      -  188.5    4.0   -0.1      -      -      -      - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6)........   1        -  126.3      -  127.2    3.7    0.7      -      -      -      - 
                                                                                                                           
 Atlanta, GA..................................   2    188.7      -  189.8      -      -      -      -    2.4    0.6      - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI..................   2    192.4      -  194.8      -      -      -      -    3.7    1.2      - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX...............   2    177.2      -  178.9      -      -      -      -    2.5    1.0      - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL....................   2    197.4      -  201.2      -      -      -      -    5.6    1.9      - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                    
     PA-NJ-DE-MD..............................   2    204.9      -  209.5      -      -      -      -    4.7    2.2      - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA...........   2    203.4      -  206.8      -      -      -      -    2.8    1.7      - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA.................   2    200.9      -  203.6      -      -      -      -    3.0    1.3      - 

   1 Foods, fuels, and several other items priced every month in all areas;  
   most other goods and services priced as indicated:                      
        M - Every month.                                                   
         1 - January, March, May, July, September, and November.            
         2 - February, April, June, August, October, and December.          
   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: Local area indexes are byproducts of the national CPI program.  Each local index has a smaller sample size than the
 national index and is, therefore, subject to substantially more sampling and other measurement error. As a result, local
 area indexes show greater volatility than the national index, although their long-term trends are similar.  Therefore, the
 Bureau of Labor Statistics strongly urges users to consider adopting the national average CPI for use in their escalator
 clauses. 
 
 NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


 Table 4 (OW). Old Weight 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                                  
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                               Prici-           Indexes             Percent change to    Percent change to 
                     Area                        ng                                  Mar. 2006 from-       Feb. 2006 from-   
                                               sched-                                                                      
                                                 ule                                                                       
                                                 (1)   Dec.   Jan.   Feb.   Mar.   Mar.   Jan.   Feb.   Feb.   Dec.   Jan. 
                                                       2005   2006   2006   2006   2005   2006   2006   2005   2005   2006 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                           
 U.S. city average............................   M    192.5  194.0  194.3  195.4    3.6    0.7    0.6    3.7    0.9    0.2 
                                                                                                                           
            Region and area size(2)                                                                                        
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
 Northeast urban..............................   M    205.5  207.6  208.1  209.2    3.7    0.8    0.5    4.1    1.3    0.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000...............   M    206.4  208.4  208.9  209.9    3.5    0.7    0.5    3.9    1.2    0.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3).........   M    123.7  125.1  125.4  126.2    4.1    0.9    0.6    4.4    1.4    0.2 
                                                                                                                           
 Midwest urban................................   M    185.1  186.2  185.9  187.2    3.3    0.5    0.7    3.2    0.4   -0.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000...............   M    186.2  187.4  187.0  188.2    3.1    0.4    0.6    3.1    0.4   -0.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3).........   M    120.3  121.0  121.0  121.8    3.4    0.7    0.7    3.2    0.6    0.0 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                   
       50,000)................................   M    182.4  183.5  183.2  184.7    4.2    0.7    0.8    3.8    0.4   -0.2 
                                                                                                                           
 South urban..................................   M    187.2  188.9  188.9  189.9    3.9    0.5    0.5    4.1    0.9    0.0 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000...............   M    189.7  191.8  191.9  192.6    3.9    0.4    0.4    4.3    1.2    0.1 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3).........   M    119.8  120.7  120.7  121.5    3.8    0.7    0.7    3.8    0.8    0.0 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                   
       50,000)................................   M    189.8  191.3  191.3  192.3    4.5    0.5    0.5    4.7    0.8    0.0 
                                                                                                                           
 West urban...................................   M    194.9  196.4  197.4  198.4    3.3    1.0    0.5    3.6    1.3    0.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000...............   M    196.2  197.8  198.7  199.9    3.5    1.1    0.6    3.7    1.3    0.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3).........   M    121.3  122.4  123.1  123.6    3.2    1.0    0.4    3.4    1.5    0.6 
                                                                                                                           
                 Size classes                                                                                              
                                                                                                                           
   A (4)......................................   M    178.4  179.9  180.2  181.1    3.5    0.7    0.5    3.7    1.0    0.2 
   B/C (3)....................................   M    120.7  121.7  121.9  122.6    3.6    0.7    0.6    3.7    1.0    0.2 
   D..........................................   M    187.9  188.9  188.8  190.3    4.0    0.7    0.8    3.9    0.5   -0.1 
                                                                                                                           
            Selected local areas(5)                                                                                        
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI...............   M    190.2  191.4  190.7  190.9    3.3   -0.3    0.1    3.5    0.3   -0.4 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA......   M    196.5  198.4  200.1  200.9    4.6    1.3    0.4    5.1    1.8    0.9 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                       
     NY-NJ-CT-PA..............................   M    208.7  210.2  210.8  212.3    3.3    1.0    0.7    3.7    1.0    0.3 
                                                                                                                           
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT..........   1        -  219.9      -  220.4    3.4    0.2      -      -      -      - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH..........................   1        -  181.5      -  181.9    2.7    0.2      -      -      -      - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX........................   1        -  190.1      -  189.8    4.5   -0.2      -      -      -      - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6)........   1        -  126.2      -  126.8    3.7    0.5      -      -      -      - 
                                                                                                                           
 Atlanta, GA..................................   2    187.2      -  188.6      -      -      -      -    2.8    0.7      - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI..................   2    187.9      -  190.0      -      -      -      -    4.1    1.1      - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX...............   2    175.1      -  176.8      -      -      -      -    2.9    1.0      - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL....................   2    195.5      -  199.3      -      -      -      -    5.8    1.9      - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                    
     PA-NJ-DE-MD..............................   2    205.2      -  209.2      -      -      -      -    4.6    1.9      - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA...........   2    199.3      -  202.6      -      -      -      -    2.7    1.7      - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA.................   2    196.1      -  198.5      -      -      -      -    3.2    1.2      - 

   1 Foods, fuels, and several other items priced every month in all areas;  
   most other goods and services priced as indicated:                      
        M - Every month.                                                   
         1 - January, March, May, July, September, and November.            
         2 - February, April, June, August, October, and December.          
   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: Local area indexes are byproducts of the national CPI program.  Each local index has a smaller sample size than the
 national index and is, therefore, subject to substantially more sampling and other measurement error. As a result, local
 area indexes show greater volatility than the national index, although their long-term trends are similar.  Therefore, the
 Bureau of Labor Statistics strongly urges users to consider adopting the national average CPI for use in their escalator
 clauses. 
 
 NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.

Last Modified Date: September 10, 2021