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For Release: Tuesday, July 13, 2021
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Consumer Price Index, Phoenix area – June 2021
Area prices were up 1.9 percent over the past two months, up 5.4 percent from a year ago
Prices in the Phoenix area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U),
advanced 1.9 percent for the two months ending in June 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported
today. Regional Commissioner Chris Rosenlund noted that the June increase was influenced by higher prices
for shelter and used cars and trucks. (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 5.4 percent. Food prices advanced 2.5 percent. Energy prices
jumped 20.7 percent, largely the result of an increase in the price of gasoline. The index for all items less food
and energy rose 4.7 percent over the year. (See table 1.)
Food prices were unchanged for the two months ending in June. (See table 1.) Prices for food at home
declined 1.9 percent, with price decreases occurring across all food categories. Prices for food away from
home increased 2.0 percent for the same period.
Over the year, food prices advanced 2.5 percent. Food away from home prices rose 4.7 percent. Prices for food
at home advanced 0.4 percent since a year ago, led by higher prices for nonalcoholic beverages and beverage
materials (8.3 percent).
The energy index rose 8.1 percent for the two months ending in June. The increase was mainly due to higher
prices for electricity (17.9 percent). Prices for natural gas service advanced 6.7 percent, and prices for gasoline
rose 1.3 percent for the same period.
Energy prices jumped 20.7 percent over the year, largely due to higher prices for gasoline (35.2 percent).
Prices paid for natural gas service jumped 29.3 percent, and price