For Release: Thursday, February 10, 2022
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Consumer Price Index, Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area – January 2022
Area prices rose 1.4 percent in December and January, up 7.9 percent over the year
Prices in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban
Consumers (CPI-U), advanced 1.4 percent for the two months ending in January 2022, the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Michael Hirniak noted that a 1.5-percent increase in
the index for all items less food and energy accounted for most of the rise, but higher prices for food also
contributed. In contrast, the energy index declined during the period. (Data in this report are not seasonally
adjusted. Accordingly, bi-monthly changes may reflect seasonal influences.)
Over the last 12 months, the CPI-U increased 7.9 percent. The index for all items less food and energy
increased 7.0 percent over the year. Energy prices jumped 24.9 percent, while food prices advanced 7.3
percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)
Food prices rose 2.4 percent for the two months ending in January. The index for food away from home
advanced 3.1 percent, while the index for food at home increased 1.9 percent for the same period.
Over the year, food prices rose 7.3 percent. Prices for food away from home (which includes restaurant,
cafeteria, and vending purchases) increased 9.8 percent. Prices for food at home increased 5.5 percent over the
year, mainly due to an increase in prices for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs.
The energy index declined 3.2 percent for the two months ending in January. The decrease was mainly due to
lower prices for gasoline (-6.3 percent), as prices for electricity were unchanged over the two-month period.
Energy prices jumped 24.9 percent over the year, largely due to higher prices for