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For Release: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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Consumer Price Index, Phoenix area – June 2020
Area prices were up 1.5 percent over the past two months, up 2.0 percent from a year ago
Prices in the Phoenix area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U),
advanced 1.5 percent for the two months ending in June 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported
today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard Holden noted that the June increase was
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 increased 2.0 percent. The The index for all items less food and energy
advanced 3.2 percent over the year. Food prices rose 4.1 percent. Energy prices dropped 14.0 percent, largely
the result of a decrease in the price of gasoline. (See table 1.)
Food prices increased 0.5 percent for the two months ending in June. (See table 1.) Prices for food away from
home increased 0.7 percent, and prices for food at home advanced 0.3 percent for the same period.
Over the year, food prices rose 4.1 percent. Prices for food at home increased 5.4 percent since a year ago, and
prices for food away from home increased 3.0 percent.
The energy index advanced 6.2 percent for the two months ending in June. The increase was mainly due to
higher prices for electricity (14.1 percent). Prices for gasoline rose 0.6 percent, but prices for natural gas
service decreased 8.8 percent for the same period.
Energy prices dropped 14.0 percent over the year, largely due to lower prices for gasoline (-24.4 percent).
Prices for natural gas service decreased 5.8 percent, and prices paid for electricity decreased 4.7 percent during
the past year.
All items less food and ener