Jamie Pentagulio

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released September 2020 Consumer Price Indexes (CPI) today. The all commodities index saws an increase of 0.1% in the last month and increased by 1.4% in the last twelve months. Food at home decreased 0.4% since August 2020 and increased 4.1% from September 2019. Used cars and trucks increased 2.1% in the last thirty days and saw an increase of 10.3% in the last twelve months. Transportation commodities (less motor fuel) rose by 0.8% between August – September 2020 and rose 4.5% from September 2019 – September 2020. Nonfrozen carbonated juice and drinks increased 0.4% in the last month and increased 5.2% in the last twelve months. Fish and seafood rose 0.5% from August 2020 and rose 4.7% from September 2019. Poultry increased 0.4% in the last month and saw an increase of 7.9% in the last twelve months. Tobacco and smoking products rose 0.3% from August 2020 and increased 5.0% from September 2019.

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


BLS CPI CodeBLS CPI Category Description1M 9/20YTD 9/201Y 9/203Y 9/205Y 9/2010Y 9/2020Y 9/20
SAFFOOD & BEVERAGES0.0%3.5%3.8%2.3%1.6%2.0%2.3%
SAF11Food at home-0.4%4.0%4.1%1.7%0.6%1.5%2.0%
SAF114Nonalcoholic beverages & beverage materials-0.5%4.6%4.2%2.0%1.1%1.0%1.3%
SEFNJuices & nonalcoholic drinks-0.3%5.5%5.5%2.9%1.7%1.2%1.4%
SEFN01Carbonated drinks-1.5%8.4%6.1%3.6%2.4%1.5%1.9%
SEFN03Nonfrozen noncarbonated juices & drinks0.6%3.5%5.2%2.4%1.3%1.0%0.9%
SEFPBeverage materials including coffee & tea-0.8%2.5%1.1%0.0%-0.3%0.2%0.9%
SEFP02Other beverage materials including tea-0.9%1.6%1.6%1.6%0.9%0.6%1.0%
SAF115Other food at home-0.6%3.8%3.2%1.3%0.7%1.3%1.7%
SEFT06Other miscellaneous foods-1.3%0.7%3.6%1.3%0.8%1.1%1.2%
SEFWAlcoholic beverages at home0.0%2.3%1.5%1.4%1.2%0.9%1.4%
SEFW01Beer, ale & other malt beverages at home-0.2%2.1%3.4%2.0%2.0%1.7%2.1%
SEFW02Distilled spirits at home0.8%3.3%1.5%1.0%0.6%0.4%1.0%
SEFW03Wine at home-0.2%2.1%-0.5%0.8%0.5%0.1%0.6%
SEHEFUEL OIL & OTHER FUELS-1.4%-22.0%-17.6%-4.3%-1.1%-1.7%2.6%
SAH3HOUSEHOLD FURNISHINGS & OPERATIONS0.0%2.8%2.2%1.9%0.7%0.2%-0.1%
SAM1MEDICAL CARE COMMODITIES-0.6%-1.2%0.9%0.5%1.5%1.9%2.4%
SEMFMedicinal drugs-0.6%-1.1%1.1%0.5%1.5%2.0%
SEMF01Prescription drugs-0.8%-1.5%1.4%0.5%1.9%2.6%3.1%
SEMF02Nonprescription drugs0.2%0.3%-0.6%0.3%-0.1%-0.2%
SEMGMedical equipment and supplies-2.0%-3.4%-2.6%-0.2%-0.1%0.0%
SEEAEDUCATIONAL BOOKS & SUPPLIES-0.3%0.3%0.2%0.0%0.8%3.0%4.5%
SEGATOBACCO & SMOKING PRODUCTS0.3%3.7%5.0%4.7%4.8%3.7%5.5%
SEGBPERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS-0.3%0.3%-0.5%-0.3%-0.3%-0.1%0.2%
SEGEMISCELLANEOUS PERSONAL GOODS0.8%-3.2%-2.4%-2.1%-2.0%-1.7%-1.3%
SAGOTHER GOODS AND SERVICES0.2%1.8%2.3%2.2%2.2%1.9%2.7%
SEREOther recreational goods1.1%-1.2%-3.5%-5.5%-6.3%-5.2%-4.7%
SERGRecreational reading materials-1.4%2.7%5.0%3.3%1.9%2.0%1.8%
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