Category Archives: Inflation

Annual US Inflation in 2014 Rises 0.8%

US consumer prices in December dropped the most for a month in six years as energy costs plummeted, according to government figures released Friday, and inflation in 2014 was the second weakest for a calendar year in the last five decades.

Consumer price fell 0.4% in December, the largest decline since December 2008, after sliding 0.3% in November, according to the US Labor Department and its monthly report on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Continue reading Annual US Inflation in 2014 Rises 0.8%

US Inflation in November Declines, Annual Inflation Rate at 1.3%

It’s been a similar inflation story since July — Americans are paying less driving to the grocery store but they’re having to spend more once they get there. Gasoline prices dropped for a fifth straight month in November yet the cost to buy food has climbed during the same period, new inflation figures from the US government show.

Fortunately for most consumers, they’re catching the bigger break by paying less at the pump. Led by plunging energy prices, the cost of living fell last month by the most in nearly six years. Continue reading US Inflation in November Declines, Annual Inflation Rate at 1.3%

US Inflation in October Unchanged, Annual Inflation Rate at 1.7%

Plunging gasoline prices took a big bite out of inflation in October but higher costs for housing, rents, hotel rooms, furniture, food, transportation and medical care kept overall US consumer prices from going negative like expected.

In good news for Americans that many have felt now for four straight months, gas prices dropped sharply as did other energy components like natural gas. On the flip side, prices at the grocery store continue to dent paychecks. Continue reading US Inflation in October Unchanged, Annual Inflation Rate at 1.7%

US Inflation in September Rises, Annual Inflation Rate Stuck at 1.7%

Americans paid less to fill up their gas tanks last month, but continued to spend more for groceries, new inflation figures from the government show.

Prices at the pump fell for a third straight month yet the cost of food went up for a ninth consecutive month. Overall, the annual inflation rate stuck at the same level. Continue reading US Inflation in September Rises, Annual Inflation Rate Stuck at 1.7%

US Inflation in August Dips, Annual Inflation Rate at 1.7%

The cost of living in United States unexpectedly fell in August for the first time in 16 months, and the annual inflation rate retreated to the lowest level in five months, the US Labor Department reported Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Washington.

Food prices continue to pressure Americans’ paychecks, but they eased some from the prior month and gains for grocery store items were offset by declines in gasoline, fuel oil, clothing, used cars and trucks, and transportation. Continue reading US Inflation in August Dips, Annual Inflation Rate at 1.7%

US Inflation in June at 0.3%, Annual Inflation Rate Stays at 2.1%

US inflation grew at a slower pace in June as consumers felt some reprieve in the cost of American products and services. Yet, the sting of paying at the pump worsened.

Overall, price increases in May were spread wider and stronger across most items tracked by the US government whereas gains in June were smaller outside of gasoline. Continue reading US Inflation in June at 0.3%, Annual Inflation Rate Stays at 2.1%

US Inflation in April Jumps, Annual Inflation Rate at 2%

US inflation in April advanced the most in nearly a year as Americans paid more for a wide range of goods and services, the latest report from the government on consumer prices shows.

Costs continued to climb for food and shelter, and picked up again for gas and other energy categories after three straight months of some relief. Continue reading US Inflation in April Jumps, Annual Inflation Rate at 2%

US Inflation Up in March on Food, Rent Costs; Inflation Rate at 1.5%

Inflation in the United States pushed up in March as higher costs in food and shelter offset lower energy prices, newly released Consumer Price Index (CPI) data from the US government shows.

Most Americans are now very familiar with conditions common to this year, having to pay much more at grocery stores while enjoying some reprieve in prices at the pump. The latter condition is likely to change with summer approaching. Continue reading US Inflation Up in March on Food, Rent Costs; Inflation Rate at 1.5%