Consumer Price Index
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services. Indexes are available for the U.S. and various geographic areas some of which are seasonally adjusted (SA) and some that are not (NSA). There is not a specific data set that singles out the Austin MSA, but it is included under the South Urban Average, Class A, NSA, the smallest data set of the geographies shown. The South region is comprised of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Just like the other sections of this dashboard, static and interactive features are available on this page. You will find navigation on the left hand side support bar to allow easy movement between the pages of the economy dashboard as well as to other sections of the dashboard.
These data sets are more complicated so we have provided a list of key terms, accessible on every page, for clarity. As will be noted throughout this dashboard, some data sets have a lag time showing the impacts of COVID-19.
Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index, All Urban Consumers, All Items, 1982-84=100
Data Notes: For an accounting of impact on the index for March 2020 due to COVID-19, visit https://www.bls.gov/cpi/additional-resources/covid19-statement-march-2020.htm
South Urban Average, Size Class A, NSA
This data set is available at three geographic levels – U.S City Average (national), South Urban (Regional) or South Urban, Class A (Regional by city size). To select a data set, click one of the data sets, and the active data set will be in orange.
The data cards below show information about the previous month, the current month and the percent change between the two, providing a quick reference to how consumer price is faring. A percent change in green with a yellow arrow indicates the indicator is moving in a positive direction for the economy. A percent change in yellow with a red arrow indicates the indicator is moving in a negative direction. Essentially, the CPI is best when it remains relatively flat. An increase in the index signals inflation and a decrease in the index signals deflation.
South Urban Average, NSA
U.S. City Average, NSA
U.S. City Average, SA
To interact with the data, select the geographic level by using the Category drop-down box then click on one or more of the elements in the bar charts. All other charts will adjust based on the data points you chose. The 1-12 labels on the X axis of the graph stand for the number of the month, meaning 1=January and 12=December.
Single elements can be de-selected individually by clicking them again. Click on the “Reset All” button to start anew. To download the data behind the dashboard, click on the export button just below the charts and graphs.
Index Average by Year
Index by Month
Change by Month
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