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For Release: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
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Consumer Price Index, Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area – March 2021
Area prices up 0.8 percent over the past two months, up 1.6 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 0.8 percent for the two months ending in March 2021, the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Michael Hirniak noted that the March increase was
due to higher prices for energy and 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 1.6 percent. (See chart 1.) The index for all items less food and
energy rose 0.7 percent, while food prices increased 1.8 percent. During the same period, energy prices surged
18.6 percent. (See table 1.)
Food prices decreased 0.8 percent for the two months ending in March. (See table 1.) Prices for food away
from home decreased 1.3 percent and food at home declined 0.4 percent during the period.
Over the year, food prices advanced 1.8 percent. Prices for food away from home rose 2.6 percent and prices
for food at home advanced 1.2 percent since a year ago.
The energy index escalated 12.2 percent for the two months ending in March. Higher prices for gasoline led
the advance with an increase of 22.1 percent. Prices for electricity were unchanged for the same period.
Energy prices rose 18.6 percent over the year, largely due to higher prices for gasoline (35.8 percent). Prices
paid for electricity were unchanged during the past year.
All items less food and energy
The index for all items less food and energy advanced 0.4 percent in the latest two-month period. Higher
prices for apparel (8.6 perc