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U.S. Consumer Price Index

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) 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. The CPI affects nearly all Americans because of the many ways it is used. Following are major uses:

  As an economic indicator.
  As a deflator of other economic series.
  As a means of adjusting dollar values.

The CPI reflects spending patterns for all urban consumers and urban wage earners. It is based on the expenditures of almost all residents of urban or metropolitan statistical areas, including professionals, the self-employed, the poor, the unemployed and retired persons as well as urban wage earners and clerical workers. Not included in the CPI are the spending patterns of persons living in rural non-metropolitan areas, farm families, persons in the Armed Forces, and those in institutions, such as prisons and mental hospitals.

The CPI frequently is called a cost-of-living index, but it differs in many ways from a complete cost-of-living measure.

For more information, visit the CPI home page.

The U.S. Consumer Price Index
for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) in the U.S., Midwest and Kansas City MO-KS Area
 
  U.S. City Average Midwest Region* Kansas City, MO-KS**
June
 2014
Percent Change

June
 2014
Percent Change

2nd half
2013
Percent Change

Previous Month Previous Year Previous Month Previous Year 1st half 2013 2nd half 2012
 
All Items 238.3   0.2%   2.1% 227.6   0.5%   1.7%  221.2   -0.4%   0.7%
Food & Beverages 242.0   0.0%   2.2% 236.1   0.1%   2.4%  245.8    0.5%   1.1%
Housing 233.9   0.5%   2.6% 211.5   0.8%   2.2%  205.7    0.3%   2.2%
Apparel 127.3  -1.3%   0.9% 122.4  -1.2%   2.9%  121.4   -0.5%  -4.4%
Transportation 223.5   0.1%   1.6% 224.1   0.9%  -0.1%  209.1   -2.6%  -1.2%
Medical Care 435.4   0.1%   2.6% 440.6   0.1%   3.4%  338.6   -0.7%  -0.1%
Recreation 116.0   0.0%   0.5% 117.5  -0.4%  -0.6%  130.8    1.1%   1.8%
Education & Com. 137.3   0.0%   1.6% 139.6   0.0%   2.2%  128.3   -1.9%  -0.9%
Other Goods & Svcs. 408.0   0.2%   1.9% 395.6   0.2%   2.2%  378.2   -0.3%   0.4%

* Includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, N. Dakota, Ohio, S. Dakota and
Wisconsin.
** Includes the following Kansas counties:  Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami and Wyandotte.
** Includes the following Missouri counties:  Bates, Caldwell, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Lafayette, Platte and Ray.

Note: The U.S. City Average and the Regional CPI are published monthly and the Metropolitan data is published
semi-annually.