Jamie Pentagulio

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released August 2020 Consumer Price Indexes (CPI) today. The All commodities index saw an increase of 0.3% in the last month and increased by 1.3% in the last 12 months. Food rose by 0.1% from July – August ’20 and has risen 4.1% between August 2019 – August 2020. Food at home saw a 0.1% decrease from July 2020 while an increase of 4.1% occurred from August 2019. Used cars and trucks rose 5.8% between July and August 2020 and increased by 4.0% between August ’19 – August ’20. Dairy & related products increased 1.8% in the last thirty days and saw a 5.7% increase in the last twelve months. Appliances rose by 1.8% from July 2020 and increased by 6.7% since August 2019. Carbonated drinks went up by 0.8% in the last month and saw an increase of 8.7% in the last twelve months. Household furnishings and supplies saw an increase of 0.6% from July 2020 and rose by 2.6% since August 2019.

BLS CPI Historical Annual Inflation Rate Averages Through August 2020 Charts For Selected Categories

BLS CPI CodeBLS CPI Category Description1M 8/20YTD 8/201Y 8/203Y 8/205Y 8/2010Y 8/2020Y 8/20
SAFFOOD & BEVERAGES0.1%3.5%4.0%2.4%1.7%2.0%2.3%
SAF11Food at home-0.1%4.4%4.6%1.9%0.8%1.6%2.0%
SAF114Nonalcoholic beverages & beverage materials0.3%5.1%5.1%2.3%1.2%1.0%1.3%
SEFNJuices & nonalcoholic drinks0.2%5.8%6.6%3.1%1.9%1.2%1.4%
SEFN01Carbonated drinks0.8%10.0%8.7%4.4%2.7%1.6%2.0%
SEFN03Nonfrozen noncarbonated juices & drinks-0.3%2.9%5.3%2.2%1.4%0.9%0.9%
SEFPBeverage materials including coffee & tea0.6%3.3%1.3%0.5%-0.4%0.4%1.0%
SEFP02Other beverage materials including tea1.3%2.5%3.3%1.8%0.8%0.8%1.1%
SAF115Other food at home0.2%4.4%4.2%1.5%0.9%1.4%1.7%
SEFT06Other miscellaneous foods0.0%2.0%5.2%1.9%1.1%1.3%1.2%
SEFWAlcoholic beverages at home-0.1%2.3%1.4%1.6%1.2%0.9%1.4%
SEFW01Beer, ale & other malt beverages at home-0.4%2.3%3.3%2.4%2.1%1.7%2.1%
SEFW02Distilled spirits at home0.2%2.4%-0.1%0.7%0.4%0.3%0.9%
SEFW03Wine at home0.1%2.3%-0.2%1.1%0.5%0.2%0.6%
SEHEFUEL OIL & OTHER FUELS1.1%-21.0%-15.6%-2.0%-1.1%-1.4%3.2%
SAH3HOUSEHOLD FURNISHINGS & OPERATIONS0.6%2.8%2.5%1.8%0.8%0.2%-0.1%
SAM1MEDICAL CARE COMMODITIES0.3%-0.5%0.8%0.4%1.6%2.0%2.4%
SEMFMedicinal drugs0.3%-0.5%0.8%0.4%1.6%2.1%
SEMF01Prescription drugs0.1%-0.7%1.4%0.5%2.1%2.7%3.2%
SEMF02Nonprescription drugs1.0%0.0%-1.7%-0.2%-0.1%-0.2%
SEMGMedical equipment and supplies-1.2%-1.4%-1.0%0.6%0.3%0.3%
SEEAEDUCATIONAL BOOKS & SUPPLIES1.1%0.6%-1.3%-0.2%1.0%3.1%4.6%
SEGATOBACCO & SMOKING PRODUCTS0.2%3.4%5.0%4.7%4.7%3.7%5.6%
SEGBPERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS0.1%0.6%-0.5%-0.1%-0.2%-0.1%0.2%
SEGEMISCELLANEOUS PERSONAL GOODS-3.5%-4.0%-3.9%-2.2%-2.3%-1.9%-1.3%
SAGOTHER GOODS AND SERVICES-0.2%1.6%2.2%2.2%2.2%1.9%2.7%
SEREOther recreational goods0.9%-2.2%-4.9%-5.9%-6.5%-5.3%-4.7%
SERGRecreational reading materials0.7%4.2%4.7%4.1%2.3%2.1%1.8%
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