PROVIDENCE – The consumer price index in the Northeast region increased 1.7% year over year in July, not seasonally adjusted, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Tuesday.
The Northeast region includes Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
Nationally, the United States city average CPI increased 1.8% year over year in July.
- Food and beverage CPI in the Northeast increased 1.3% year over year, compared with a 1.8% increase in the U.S. city average
- Housing CPI increased 2% year over year in the region, slower than the 3% nationally
- Fuels and utility CPI declined 1.9%, including a 2.2% decline in electricity CPI and a 2.9% decline in utility piped gas service CPI. Nationally fuels and utilities CPI increased 0.4% in that time
- Apparel CPI increased 1.4% year over year in the Northeast, compared with a 0.5% decline nationally
- Gasoline CPI declined 4.2% year over year, compared with a 3.3% decline nationally
- Medical care CPI increased 4.3% year over year in the Northeast, faster than the 2.6% increase nationally
- Recreation costs increased 2.4% year over year, faster than a 0.7% increase nationally
- Education and communication CPI increased 1.6% year over year in the Northeast, faster than the 0.6% gain nationally
- Energy CPI declined 3.5% year over year, a faster decline than a 2% drop nationally
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