by Bill McBride on 9/14/2012 01:03:00 PM
Friday, September 14, 2012
The Cleveland Fed released the median CPI and the trimmed-mean CPI this morning:
According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the median Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% (2.8% annualized rate) in August. The 16% trimmed-mean Consumer Price Index increased 0.2% (2.0% annualized rate) during the month. The median CPI and 16% trimmed-mean CPI are measures of core inflation calculated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland based on data released in the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) monthly CPI report.Note: The Cleveland Fed has the median CPI details for August here.
Earlier today, the BLS reported that the seasonally adjusted CPI for all urban consumers rose 0.6% (7.5% annualized rate) in August. The CPI less food and energy increased 0.1% (0.6% annualized rate) on a seasonally adjusted basis.
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This graph shows the year-over-year change for these four key measures of inflation. On a year-over-year basis, the median CPI rose 2.3%, the trimmed-mean CPI rose 1.9%, and core CPI rose 1.9%. Core PCE is for July and increased 1.6% year-over-year.
On a monthly basis (annualized), two of these measure were at or below the Fed's target; trimmed-mean CPI was at 2.0%, Core CPI at 0.6% - although median CPI was at 2.8%. Core PCE for July was at 0.3%. These measures suggest inflation is now mostly below the Fed's target of 2% on a year-over-year basis and it appears the inflation rate is slowing.
Posted by Bill McBride on 9/14/2012 01:03:00 PM