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CPI: March 2023

Title: Consumer Price Index Update - March 2023

Introduction: Welcome to Chairman Bob Sutton's professional blog, where we keep you informed about the latest economic updates and analysis. In today's blog post, we will discuss the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for March 2023 and its implications on the economy.

Main Content: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) experienced a 0.1 percent increase in March on a seasonally adjusted basis. This follows a 0.4 percent increase in February. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased by 5.0 percent before seasonal adjustment.

Shelter emerged as the largest contributor to the monthly all items increase, more than offsetting a 3.5 percent decline in the energy index, which saw all major energy component indexes decrease. The food index remained unchanged in March, with the food at home index falling by 0.3 percent.

Excluding food and energy, the index for all items increased by 0.4 percent in March, after rising by 0.5 percent in February. Indexes that increased during the month include shelter, motor vehicle insurance, airline fares, household furnishings and operations, and new vehicles. Meanwhile, the index for medical care and the index for used cars and trucks experienced a decrease over the month.

For the 12 months ending in March, the all items index saw a 5.0 percent increase, marking the smallest 12-month increase since the period ending in May 2021. The all items less food and energy index rose by 5.6 percent over the last 12 months. In comparison, the energy index decreased by 6.4 percent, and the food index increased by 8.5 percent over the last year.

Conclusion: The CPI report for March 2023 shows a mixed picture, with shelter contributing significantly to the overall increase, while energy prices experienced a decline. The overall trend indicates a slight cooling in the 12-month inflation rate. It is crucial to continue monitoring these trends and their potential impact on the economy.

Stay tuned to Chairman Bob Sutton's professional blog for more updates on the economy, and feel free to share your thoughts and insights in the comment section below.

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