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For Release: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
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Consumer Price Index, Denver-Aurora-Lakewood – September 2020
Area prices down 0.6 percent over the past two months, up 1.1 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), decreased 0.6 percent for the two months ending in September 2020, the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Michael Hirniak noted that the September decrease
was most influenced by lower prices for shelter and gasoline. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted.
Accordingly, bi-monthly changes may reflect seasonal influences.)
Over the last 12 months, the CPI-U rose 1.1 percent. (See chart 1.) The index for all items less food and
energy increased 1.3 percent over the year and food prices were up 4.5 percent. In contrast, energy prices
dropped 10.0 percent. (See table 1.)
Food prices increased 0.3 percent for the two months ending in September. (See table 1.) Prices for food away
from home advanced 1.3 percent, while prices for food at home decreased 0.5 percent for the same period.
Over the year, food prices rose 4.5 percent. Prices for food away from home advanced 6.5 percent since a year
ago and prices for food at home increased 3.0 percent.
The energy index decreased 5.5 percent for the two months ending in September. The decrease was due to
lower prices for gasoline (-9.8 percent), as household energy prices edged up 0.1 percent.
Energy prices dropped 10.0 percent over the year, with lower prices for motor fuel and household energy both
contributing. Motor fuel prices fell 10.0 percent from a year ago and prices for household energy were down
All items less food and energy
The index for all items less food and energy decreased 0.5 percent