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SAN FRANCISCO PRICES ROSE 0.1 PERCENT IN NOVEMBER

 SAN FRANCISCO PRICES ROSE 0.1 PERCENT IN NOVEMBER
 SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Prices for goods and


services purchased by consumers in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area increased 0.1 percent in November, according to Regional Commissioner Sam Hirabayashi of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. He said that declines in the apparel, housing, and entertainment categories virtually offset increases in the cost of food and beverages, medical care, and other goods and services. Housing costs were unchanged last month. Bay area prices had declined 0.1 percent in October, and increased 0.4 percent in September. So far this year, local prices have increased 3.5 percent, compared to 5.7 percent in the first eleven months of 1990. Consumer price index data for local releases are not seasonally adjusted.
 The Bay Area All Items Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) reached 139.8 in November (1982-84-100), 3.8 percent above November 1990 levels. For the 12 months ending November 1989 and November 1990, prices rose 4.1 percent and 5.9 percent respectively.
 Prices for food and beverages rose 1.6 percent last month, despite a 0.8 percent decline in the cost of alcoholic beverages. Grocery prices jumped 3.5 percent as the cost of fruits and vegetables soared 13.2 percent. (An infestation by the poinsettia strain of the sweet potato whitefly impacted crops in several agricultural areas in California.) Other sizable gains were noted in prices for cereals and bakery products, 2.3 percent, and meats, poultry, fish, and eggs, 1.3 percent. Both the dairy products and food away from home indexes edged up 0.1 percent in November, while prices for miscellaneous grocery items fell 0.1 percent. When compared to year-ago levels, the index for food and beverages rose 3.8 percent.
 The cost of housing in the Bay Area remained unchanged in November as a 1.5 percent increase in the household furnishings and operation index and a 0.2 percent rise in the cost of shelter balanced out a 2.7 percent decline in the fuel and other utilities component. This month's drop in the fuels and other utilities index was in large part due to a change in the baseline allowance for home gas usage. Residential gas prices fell 15.3 percent in November but remained 3.9 percent above year-ago levels. The overall housing category rose 3.6 percent in the past year.
 The cost of transportation fell 0.4 percent in November despite a 2.3 percent rise in the public transportation index. The cost of private transportation in the Bay Area fell 0.9 percent as gasoline prices dropped 0.7 percent. When compared to November 1990 levels, gasoline prices declined 17.4 percent while the overall transportation index fell 1.8 percent.
 The apparel and upkeep index decreased 0.7 percent last month as price tags for men's and boys' apparel fell 2.1 percent. Prices for women's and girls' apparel remained unchanged and the local cost of footwear advanced 0.4 percent. There was a 6.0 percent increase in the apparel and upkeep category from November 1990 to November 1991.
 A 0.4 percent increase in the cost of medical care meant that this index was 8.6 percent above year-ago levels. The cost of entertainment fell 1.3 percent in November but this category was still 7.0 percent above November 1990 levels. A 2.1 percent jump in the cost of personal care was a major factor in the 0.4 percent increase in the other goods and services category. In the past year, the index for goods and services has increased 11.2 percent.
 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers:
 Indexes and percent changes for selected periods
 (Data are not seasonally adjusted)
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA
 (1982-84-100, unless otherwise noted)
 Percent changes
 Indexes to Nov. 1991
 from:
 Oct. Nov. Nov. Oct.
 1991 1991 1990 1991
 Expenditure category
 All items .......................... 139.6 139.8 3.8 0.1
 Food and beverages ............... 140.1 142.4 3.8 1.6
 Food ........................... 139.0 141.8 2.3 2.0
 Food at home ................. 138.8 143.6 2.1 3.5
 Food away from home .......... 140.3 140.4 2.8 .1
 Alcoholic beverages ............ 148.0 146.8 16.0 -.8
 Housing .......................... 144.1 144.1 3.6 .0
 Shelter ........................ 154.9 155.2 3.7 .2
 Fuel and other utilities ....... 139.4 135.6 9.0 -2.7
 Household furnishings and
 operation ..................... 111.1 112.8 -2.4 1.5
 Apparel and upkeep ............... 116.6 115.8 6.0 -.7
 Transportation .................. 117.9 117.4 -1.8 -0.4
 Private transportation ......... 116.6 115.5 -2.2 -.9
 Motor fuel ................... 100.1 99.5 -17.3 -.6
 Public transportation .......... 135.9 139.0 .6 2.3
 Medical care ..................... 178.2 178.9 8.6 .4
 Entertainment .................... 155.8 153.8 7.0 -1.3
 Other goods and services ......... 181.6 182.4 11.2 .4
 Personal care .................. 154.7 157.9 6.7 2.1
 Special indexes
 All items less energy .............. 142.5 143.1 4.4 .4
 Energy ............................. 119.7 115.4 -5.3 -3.6
 -0- 12/13/91
 /CONTACT: Sam Hirabayashi, 415-744-7166; or Leon Bornstein, 415-744-7163, both of the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics/ CO: U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics ST: California IN: FIN SU: ECO


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