Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Cleveland Fed: Key Measures Show Inflation Eased Year-over-year in September

by Calculated Risk on 10/13/2020 11:11:00 AM

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 0.1% September. The 16% trimmed-mean Consumer Price Index rose 0.1% in September. "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 released the median CPI details for September here. Used cars and trucks increased at a 118% annualized rate in September.

Inflation Measures Click on graph for larger image.

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 2.4%, and the CPI less food and energy rose 1.7%. Core PCE is for August and increased 1.6% year-over-year.

Used cars and trucks drove inflation in September. Overall inflation will not be a concern during the crisis.