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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR THE WEST -- MAY 1993

 SAN FRANCISCO, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Prices paid by consumers in the 13 westernmost states rose 0.2 percent in May according to Sam Hirabayashi, regional commissioner of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Five of the seven major categories of consumer spending posted increases over the month with transportation and medical care accounting for more than 80 percent of the May gain. The All Items, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the West reached 146.0 (1982-84 equals 100), up 3.3 percent for the year. This latest 12-month increase is approximately in line with over-the-year changes experienced since last June. Consumer Price Index data for the region are not seasonally adjusted.
 Increases in both private and public transportation costs contributed about equally to the 0.5 percent rise in the overall transportation index. Private transportation costs were pushed upward (0.3 percent) primarily by the used cars component which jumped 2.1 percent in May. More modest increases were noted for gasoline and maintenance and repairs, both up 0.5 percent over the month. Public transportation costs which include air fares advanced 2.0 percent during the month and were 8.7 percent above year-ago levels. Over the year, private transportation was up 2.6 percent, and the overall transportation index gained 3.3 percent.
 The medical care index rose 1.3 percent in May due, almost entirely, to a 2.3 percent jump in professional medical services fees. Medical care commodities edged down 0.1 percent during the month. For this latest 12-month period, medical care costs rose 7.4 percent reversing a downward trend in over-the-year increases that began in May 1992.
 Food and beverages prices advanced 0.2 percent in May and registered a 3.2 percent gain for the year. Grocery prices edged up 0.1 percent during the month. Increases in cereals and bakery products, diary products, and the other food at home category offset declines in fruits and vegetables and meats, poultry, fish and eggs. The food away from home index rose 0.2 percent over the month while the cost of alcoholic beverages increased 0.7 percent.
 Housing costs edged up 0.1 percent in May and gained 2.7 percent for the year. The shelter index dipped 0.1 percent over the month as lower renters' costs (down 0.5 percent) and a drop in prices paid for maintenance and repairs (down 0.1 percent) were only partially offset by a 0.1 percent rise in homeowners' costs. A seasonal return to lower baseline allowances resulted in a 6.4 percent jump in residential gas expenses and pushed the fuel and other utilities index up 1.2 percent over the month. The cost of household furnishings and operation fell 0.2 percent last month and were up 1.9 percent for the year.
 Apparel and upkeep prices dropped 0.6 percent during the month, pushed down, primarily, by a 1.0 percent drop in prices paid for women's and girls' clothing. All other sub-indexes except apparel services (up 0.3 percent) were also lower in May. Over the year apparel and upkeep prices were down 1.2 percent.
 Entertainment costs edged down 0.1 percent during the month but were 1.7 percent above year-ago levels. The miscellaneous other goods and services index increased 0.1 percent over the month and posted a 7.6 percent gain for the year.
 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers:
 Indexes and percent changes for selected periods
 (Data are not seasonally adjusted)
 West (1982-84 equals 100, unless otherwise noted)
 Percent changes
 Indexes to May 1993
 from:
 Apr. May May Apr.
 1993 1993 1992 1993
 Expenditure category
 All items 145.7 146.0 3.3 0.2
 All items (December 1977 equals 100) 235.6 236.0 -- --
 Food and beverages 143.1 143.4 3.2 .2
 Food 142.1 142.3 3.4 .1
 Food at home 143.1 143.3 4.3 .1
 Cereals and bakery products 158.2 159.1 4.5 .6
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 136.9 136.5 4.4 -.3
 Dairy products 132.3 132.5 1.7 .2
 Fruits and vegetables 171.0 170.4 9.0 -.4
 Other food at home 129.8 130.8 1.6 .8
 Sugar and sweets 137.8 137.6 -2.7 -.1
 Fats and oils 128.9 130.0 -.5 .9
 Nonalcoholic beverages 111.4 111.2 .5 -.2
 Other prepared food 143.0 145.2 4.3 1.5
 Food away from home 140.9 141.2 2.0 .2
 Alcoholic beverages 153.0 154.0 1.3 .7
 Housing 144.1 144.2 2.7 .1
 Shelter 155.9 155.8 3.0 -.1
 Renters' costs A/ 167.6 166.7 2.0 -.5
 Rent, residential 152.9 152.6 2.1 -.2
 Other renters' costs 196.5 193.4 1.7 -1.6
 Homeowners' costs A/ 164.1 164.3 3.4 .1
 Owners' equivalent rent A/ 164.3 164.5 3.4 .1
 Maintenance and repairs 128.2 128.1 3.9 -.1
 Maintenance and repair services 127.7 128.2 6.9 .4
 Maintenance and repair
 commodities 132.5 131.3 -.8 -.9
 Fuel and other utilities 127.4 128.9 2.2 1.2
 Fuels 121.0 123.8 1.1 2.3
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 99.7 98.3 4.0 -1.4
 Fuel oil 105.4 105.4 7.7 .0
 Other household fuel
 commodities B/ 115.5 113.1 2.4 -2.1
 Gas (piped) and electricity
 (energy services) 123.8 126.8 1.0 2.4
 Electricity 140.9 141.9 2.2 .7
 Utility (piped) gas 102.4 109.0 -1.4 6.4
 Other utilities and public
 services 141.8 141.9 3.5 .1
 Household furnishings and operation 118.8 118.6 1.9 -.2
 Housefurnishings 110.1 109.4 1.7 -.6
 Housekeeping supplies 129.6 131.1 1.6 1.2
 Housekeeping services 131.4 131.5 2.7 .1
 Apparel and upkeep 128.4 127.6 -1.2 -0.6
 Apparel commodities 125.5 124.6 -1.5 -.7
 Men's and boys' apparel 124.5 123.5 -1.6 -.8
 Women's and girls' apparel 121.4 120.2 -2.7 -1.0
 Infants' and toddlers' apparel 110.9 110.4 -4.5 -.5
 Footwear 120.2 119.9 1.3 -.2
 Other apparel commodities 151.7 150.7 .3 -.7
 Apparel services 146.5 147.0 1.9 .3
 Transportation 132.2 132.8 3.3 .5
 Private transportation 129.3 129.7 2.6 .3
 New vehicles 132.1 132.2 2.1 .1
 New cars 130.9 131.0 1.9 .1
 Used cars 127.6 130.3 8.9 2.1
 Motor fuel 103.4 103.8 .9 .4
 Gasoline 103.2 103.7 .9 .5
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA -- --
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 101.4 101.7 .5 .3
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 104.5 105.1 1.4 .6
 Maintenance and repairs 149.3 150.0 4.5 .5
 Other private transportation 157.0 157.0 2.1 .0
 Other private transportation
 commodities 101.9 102.1 -1.4 .2
 Other private transportation
 services 169.5 169.4 2.9 -.1
 Public transportation 166.8 170.2 8.7 2.0
 Medical care 201.1 203.8 7.4 1.3
 Medical care commodities 197.1 196.9 4.9 -.1
 Medical care services 202.1 205.4 7.9 1.6
 Professional medical services 177.5 181.5 6.5 2.3
 Entertainment 146.1 145.9 1.7 -.1
 Entertainment commodities 134.0 133.7 -.2 -.2
 Entertainment services 160.4 160.3 3.2 -.1
 Other goods and services 196.2 196.3 7.6 .1
 Tobacco and smoking products 256.8 257.2 9.7 .2
 Personal care 148.1 147.8 3.1 -.2
 Personal and educational expenses 212.3 212.6 8.1 .1
 Special indexes
 Energy 110.2 111.6 1.0 1.3
 All items less energy 150.0 150.2 3.4 .1
 A/ Indexes on a December 1982 equals 100 base.
 B/ Indexes on a December 1986 equals 100 base.
 NA/ Data not adequate for publication.
 -- Data not available.
 -0- 6/15/93
 /CONTACT: Sam M. Hirabayashi, 415-744-7166, or Joyce Sakai, 415-744-7133, both of the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics/


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