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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


 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.

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Last Modified Date: September 10, 2021