Consumer Price Index April 2013
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) decreased 0.4 percent in April.
Guide to Available CPI Data BLS publishes indexes monthly for the U.S., 4 regions (Northeast, Midwest, (formerly North Central), South, and West), 3 population size-classes (A, B/C, and D) and 10 region-by-size groups (Northeast-Size Class A, South-Size Class D, etc.). The A population size class represents all metropolitan areas over 1.5 million; B/C represents mid-sized and small metropolitan areas (fewer than 1.5 million); and D, all nonmetropolitan urban areas. Due to insufficient sample sizes, region-by-size indexes are not published for Northeast and West Size Class D.
BLS - CPI home page The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a CPI home page that contains cost of living data, press releases, and information about how CPI data are gathered and calculated.
Location Quotient Calculator The Location Quotient Calculator is a tool on the BLS website that creates, on demand, tables of private sector employment data, by industry, as measured by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program.
Data and Analysis
BLS - CPI Frequently Asked Questions The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services.
How BLS Measures Changes in Consumer Prices
The Consumer Price Index (CPI), is important because it provides a statistical measure of the nation's economic well-being. It shows how occurrences such as a drought in the midwest, a freeze in Florida or a disruption of crude oil supplies affect the pocketbooks of American households.