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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


 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.

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