Key Points:

  • The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.8% in February and is up 7.9% in the last year, the highest rate since 1982.
  • Price increases in the last year have been broad, impacting businesses and consumers.
  • The food at home index rose 8.6% over the past 12 months.
  • The largest increase in food was for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs, which increased 13.0% as the index for beef rose 16.2% over the year.
  • The index for food away from home rose 6.8%, limited service meals rose 8.0%, and full service meals rose 7.5% over the last 12 months.
  • The energy index rose 27.0% over the past 12 months as all the major energy component indexes increased.
  • The gasoline index rose 25.6%, electricity increased 9.0%, and natural gas rose 23.8% over the last 12 months.
  • The index for all items less food and energy rose 6.4% over the past 12 months.
  • The index for used cars and trucks increased 41.2%, new vehicles increased by 12.4%, tobacco and smoking products increased by 7.0%, and apparel increased 6.6%.
  • The Right Facts will continue to monitor inflation.