by Bill McBride on 5/17/2016 11:15:00 AM
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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 0.3% (3.4% annualized rate) in April. The 16% trimmed-mean Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% (2.5% 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 April here. Motor fuel was up 152% annualized in April!
Earlier today, the BLS reported that the seasonally adjusted CPI for all urban consumers rose 0.4% (5.0% annualized rate) in April. The CPI less food and energy rose 0.2% (2.4% 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 2.5%, the trimmed-mean CPI rose 2.0%, and the CPI less food and energy also rose 2.1%. Core PCE is for March and increased 1.6% year-over-year.
On a monthly basis, median CPI was at 3.4% annualized, trimmed-mean CPI was at 2.5% annualized, and core CPI was at 2.4% annualized.
On a year-over-year basis, three of these measures are at or above 2%.
Using these measures, inflation has been moving up, and most are close to the Fed's target (Core PCE is still below).
Posted by Bill McBride on 5/17/2016 11:15:00 AM