Inflation Continues: Gasoline +25.6%, Electricity +15.8%, Food +11.4%

( – The Consumer Price Index (CPI) report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that prices on all items in the United States increased by 8.3 percent from August of 2021 to August of 2022, with the price of gasoline rising 25.6 percent, the price of electricity rising 15.8 percent and the price of food rising 11.4 percent.

“The all items index increased 8.3 percent for the 12 months ending August, a smaller figure than the 8.5-percent increase for the period ending July,” said the CPI report.

Table 2 in the CPI report lists the increases in prices by “detailed expenditure category.”

The single biggest year-to-year price increase was for fuel oil, which increased 68.8 percent from August 2021 to August 2022.

The second largest increase was for “other motor fuels,” which increased 53.0 percent from August 2021 to August 2022.


The third largest increase was for eggs, which increased 39.8 percent from August 2021 to August 2022.

The fourth largest increase was for margarine, which increased 38.3 percent from August 2021 to August 2022.

The fifth largest increase was for airline fares, which increased by 33.4 percent from August 202 to August 2022.

The sixth largest increase was for “[u]tility (piped) gas service,” which increased by 33.0 percent from August 2021 to August 2022.

The price of bread also jumped by 16.2 percent from August to August, according to the CPI table. The price of chicken jumped 16.6 percent. The price of milk jumped 17.0 percent. The price of potatoes jumped 15.2 percent. The price of rice jumped 13.0 percent.

And the price of baby food jumped 12.6 percent.


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