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For Release: Thursday, June 10, 2021
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Consumer Price Index, Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area – May 2021
Area prices up 2.1 percent over the past two months, up 3.2 percent from a year ago
Prices in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban
Consumers (CPI-U), advanced 2.1 percent for the two months ending in May 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Michael Hirniak noted that the May increase was most
influenced by higher prices for all items less food and energy. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted.
Accordingly, bi-monthly changes may reflect seasonal influences.)
Over the last 12 months, the CPI-U advanced 3.2 percent. (See chart 1.) The index for all items less food and
energy rose 1.8 percent over the year, while energy prices surged 34.6 percent. During the same period, food
prices rose 2.3 percent.(See table 1.)
Food prices advanced 2.1 percent for the two months ending in May. (See table 1.) Prices for food away from
home rose 3.9 percent and prices for food at home rose 0.8 percent.
Over the year, food prices rose 2.3 percent. Prices for food away from home advanced 4.4 percent and food at
home rose 0.8 percent, since a year ago.
The energy index rose 4.5 percent for the two months ending in May. The increase was mainly due to higher
prices for gasoline (7.2 percent). Prices for electricity rose 2.6 percent, for the same period.
Energy prices surged 34.6 percent over the year, largely due to higher prices for gasoline (68.8 percent). Prices
paid for electricity rose 2.6 percent, during the past year.
All items less food and energy
The index for all items less food and energy rose 1.9 percent in the latest two-month period. Higher prices for
shelter (1.0 percent) and used cars and trucks (16.7 pe