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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


 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.

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Last Modified Date: September 10, 2021