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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR THE WEST -- NOVEMBER 1993

 SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Prices paid by consumers in the thirteen westernmost states rose 0.3 percent in November, according to Sam Hirabayashi, regional commissioner of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Increases in all major categories of consumer spending except medical care, which was unchanged, were dampened somewhat by a 1.7 percent drop in the energy index. Lower gasoline prices coupled with a seasonal return to winter residential gas allowances were principally responsible for the fall in energy prices. Excluding the effects of the energy component, the index rose 0.5 percent over the month. The All Items Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the West reached 147.5 (1982-84 equals 100) in November, up 2.5 percent for the year. Consumer Price Index data for the region are not seasonally adjusted.
 The food and beverages index increased 0.3 percent over the month on the strength of a 3.5 percent rise in the fruits and vegetables component. Prices averaged lower in November for dairy products, down 0.1 percent; and the other food at home category, down 0.8 percent; while other grocery items were unchanged. The food away from home index edged up 0.1 percent, and alcoholic beverages prices dipped 0.1 percent. Over the year, food and beverages prices advanced 2.6 percent -- about the same as the all items index.
 Housing costs moved up 0.2 percent in November as a 0.4 percent increase in the shelter index was partially offset by a seasonal decline in residential gas prices, down 5.7 percent. Most of the gain in the shelter component was attributable to the 0.6 percent rise in owners' equivalent rent. Higher prices were also noted for household furnishings and operation which advanced 0.4 percent during the month. Over the year, overall housing costs rose 2.2 percent with shelter up 2.1 percent, and fuel and other utilities prices up 3.2 percent.
 Apparel prices advanced 0.6 percent over the month but were down 0.8 percent for the year. Price tags were higher on all apparel items in November except for the other apparel category which edged down 0.1 percent. Apparel services also increased over the month posting a 0.3 percent gain. The overall apparel and upkeep index increased 0.6 percent for the month but was down 0.4 percent for the year.
 Lower gasoline prices moderated the effects of a 3.5 percent jump in public transportation fares (includes air fares) resulting in a 0.4 percent gain in the overall transportation index for November. Private transportation costs slipped 0.1 percent as increased prices of new vehicles, used cars, and maintenance and repairs failed to overcome declining gasoline prices. As compared with a year ago, private transportation costs were up 1.1 percent while public transportation fares gained 14.1 percent.
 Medical care costs were unchanged in November -- the only major expenditure category that did not show a gain. Over the year, medical care prices advanced 5.7 percent -- a pace that has been gradually decelerating over the past three years. Prices paid for entertainment goods and services rose 0.5 percent during the month and were 2.4 percent higher than a year ago. The miscellaneous other goods and services index advanced 0.3 percent in November on the strength of a 1.6 percent rise in prices paid for tobacco and smoking products. Over the year, tobacco and smoking products prices were down 5.4 percent.
 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 Nov. 1993
 from:
 Oct. Nov. Nov. Oct.
 1993 1993 1992 1993
 Expenditure category
 All items 147.1 147.5 2.5 0.3
 All items (December 1977 equals 100) 237.8 238.5 -- --
 Food and beverages 143.5 143.9 2.6 .3
 Food 142.3 142.8 2.7 .4
 Food at home 142.9 143.6 3.4 .5
 Cereals and bakery products 160.1 160.1 3.4 .0
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 138.0 138.0 4.2 .0
 Dairy products 135.3 135.1 2.4 -.1
 Fruits and vegetables 160.8 166.4 4.0 3.5
 Other food at home 132.2 131.2 2.3 -.8
 Sugar and sweets 137.3 136.7 -2.8 -.4
 Fats and oils 132.2 131.2 3.1 -.8
 Nonalcoholic beverages 112.7 112.3 2.2 -.4
 Other prepared food 146.9 145.4 4.0 -1.0
 Food away from home 141.8 142.0 1.6 .1
 Alcoholic beverages 154.7 154.6 1.8 -.1
 Housing 145.4 145.7 2.2 .2
 Shelter 156.9 157.5 2.1 .4
 Renters' costs A/ 168.2 168.3 1.9 .1
 Rent, residential 153.9 154.5 1.5 .4
 Other renters' costs 195.5 192.8 3.2 -1.4
 Homeowners' costs A/ 165.4 166.4 2.3 .6
 Owners' equivalent rent A/ 165.5 166.5 2.3 .6
 Maintenance and repairs 127.1 127.9 2.2 .6
 Maintenance and repair service 128.3 128.3 2.9 .0
 Maintenance and repair
 commodities 128.0 130.4 1.0 1.9
 Fuel and other utilities 130.7 129.6 3.2 -.8
 Fuels 125.9 123.8 3.7 -1.7
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 101.2 102.8 5.8 1.6
 Fuel oil 112.4 115.6 10.8 2.8
 Other household fuel
 commodities B/ 114.3 115.3 3.2 .9
 Gas (piped) and electricity
 (energy services) 128.9 126.6 3.6 -1.8
 Electricity 143.1 143.1 2.3 .0
 Utility (piped) gas 112.9 106.5 6.9 -5.7
 Other utilities and public
 services 143.4 143.4 2.6 .0
 Household furnishings and operatio 119.3 119.8 1.6 .4
 Housefurnishings 109.2 109.8 1.1 .5
 Housekeeping supplies 132.1 132.6 .8 .4
 Housekeeping services 134.5 134.7 3.1 .1
 Apparel and upkeep 125.2 126.0 -0.4 0.6
 Apparel commodities 121.8 122.5 -.8 .6
 Men's and boys' apparel 119.2 119.7 -4.4 .4
 Women's and girls' apparel 116.8 117.5 .2 .6
 Infants' and toddlers' apparel 110.7 113.8 -2.4 2.8
 Footwear 119.6 121.4 3.6 1.5
 Other apparel commodities 149.8 149.6 -.1 -.1
 Apparel services 148.8 149.3 2.1 .3
 Transportation 135.0 135.5 2.5 .4
 Private transportation 131.6 131.5 1.1 -.1
 New vehicles 132.3 132.9 2.2 .5
 New cars 130.3 130.9 1.2 .5
 Used cars 138.4 139.3 8.2 .7
 Motor fuel 107.0 105.2 -3.1 -1.7
 Gasoline 106.2 104.3 -4.1 -1.8
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA -- --
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 103.6 101.7 -5.4 -1.8
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 108.4 106.6 -2.8 -1.7
 Maintenance and repairs 152.0 152.9 4.2 .6
 Other private transportation 157.5 157.9 .1 .3
 Other private transportation
 commodities 102.3 103.3 -1.2 1.0
 Other private transportation
 services 170.1 170.2 .4 .1
 Public transportation 175.7 181.9 14.1 3.5
 Medical care 207.4 207.5 5.7 .0
 Medical care commodities 199.2 197.9 2.3 -.7
 Medical care services 209.4 209.8 6.4 .2
 Professional medical services 183.5 183.8 5.6 .2
 Entertainment 147.4 148.2 2.4 .5
 Entertainment commodities 134.1 134.7 -.1 .4
 Entertainment services 162.9 163.8 4.5 .6
 Other goods and services 197.6 198.1 4.0 .3
 Tobacco and smoking products 223.1 226.7 -5.4 1.6
 Personal care 147.9 147.4 -.5 -.3
 Personal and educational expenses 224.8 224.9 8.5 .0
 Special indexes
 Energy 114.3 112.4 .0 -1.7
 All items less energy 151.1 151.8 2.7 .5
 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- 12/10/94
 /CONTACT: Sam 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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