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Friday, February 21, 2020

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The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for Washington-Arlington-Alexandria advanced 0.5 percent from November to January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that the recent increase was due largely to a 0.5-percent rise in the all items less food and energy index. The food index and energy index also increased since November, up 0.4 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, month-to-month changes may reflect the impact of seasonal influences.)


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Following a 0.4-percent increase from September to November, the food index advanced 0.4 percent over the last two months. Prices for food away from home increased 0.7 percent, and those for food at home inched up 0.1 percent. Within the food at home component, prices were higher for nonfrozen noncarbonated juices and drinks, carbonated drinks, and milk, while prices were lower for pork chops and apples, among others.

Technical Note

The Consumer Price Index for Washington-Arlington-Alexandria is published bi-monthly. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change in prices over time in a fixed market basket of goods and services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes CPIs for two population groups: (1) a CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) which covers approximately 94 percent of the total population and (2) a CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which covers approximately 28 percent of the total population. The CPI-U includes, in addition to wage earners and clerical workers, groups such as professional, managerial, and technical workers, the self-employed, short-term workers, the unemployed, and retirees and others not in the labor force.

Table A. Unemployment rates for the United States, and counties comprising Cape Cod and the Islands, not seasonally adjusted
Area Unemployment rates Net change from
July 2012 July 2013 July 2014 July 2015(1) July 2012 to July 2013 July 2013 to July 2014 July 2014 to July 2015(1)

United States

8.6 7.7 6.5 5.6 -0.9 -1.2 -0.9

Barnstable County, Mass.

6.4 6.4 5.5 4.7 0.0 -0.9 -0.8

Dukes County, Mass.

5.4 5.7 4.8 4.0 0.3 -0.9 -0.8

Nantucket County, Mass.

4.1 3.8 3.2 2.5 -0.3 -0.6 -0.7

(1) Data for the counties on Cape Cod and the Islands are preliminary for the most recent month.


Last Modified Date: Friday, February 21, 2020