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CONSUMER PRICES IN THE WEST ADVANCED 0.3 PERCENT IN NOVEMBER 1991, UP 3.3 PERCENT FOR THE YEAR

 CONSUMER PRICES IN THE WEST ADVANCED 0.3 PERCENT
 IN NOVEMBER 1991, UP 3.3 PERCENT FOR THE YEAR
 SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer prices 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. Higher food prices as well as increases in new vehicles and homeowners' costs pushed the index upward, while lower winter residential gas rates did little to moderate the advance. The All Items Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the West reached 139.0 (1982-84-100), up 3.3 percent for the year. For the 11 months of this year, the CPI for the West has advanced 3.0 percent, about half the 6.1 percent increase recorded for the same period in 1990. Consumer Price Index data for the region are not seasonally adjusted.
 Food prices advanced 0.7 percent in November as increases were noted in both the food at home and away from home indices. Grocery prices, as measured by the food at home index, jumped 1.1 percent during the month. The increase was due almost entirely to a steep rise in fruits and vegetables prices, reflecting in part, supply shortages resulting from the white fly infestation. Cereals and bakery products also posted a noticeable gain, moving up 1.4 percent, while the other food at home category dropped 1.1 percent. Over the year, grocery prices advanced 1.6 percent, fruits and vegetables prices rose 3.3 percent, and cereals and bakery products increased 4.4 percent. The cost of alcoholic beverages fell 0.3 percent during the month but was 12.0 percent above last year's level.
 Housing costs edged up 0.1 percent in November as a 0.5 percent increase in the shelter index was almost entirely erased by a seasonal decline in residential gas prices, down 9.4 percent, and a 0.2 percent drop in the cost of household furnishings and operation. Although all the components of the shelter index contributed to this month's advance, most of the gain was attributable to the 0.6 percent rise in owners' equivalent rent. Over the year, overall housing costs rose 4.1 percent with shelter up 4.3 percent, fuel and other utilities prices up 5.6 percent, and household furnishings and operation higher by 1.6 percent.
 Higher new vehicle prices (up 1.0 percent) coupled with increases in public transportation fares (up 1.8 percent) pushed the transportation index up 0.3 percent for the month. Compared with November a year ago, the overall transportation index was down 2.5 percent due largely to the 18.6 percent drop in gasoline prices. Also, on an annual basis, public transportation posted a decline, down 3.3 percent, while new vehicles prices rose 3.8 percent.
 The apparel and upkeep index was unchanged in November as increases in some apparel items offset declines in other categories. Price tags on women's and girls' clothing were up 0.8 percent, and footwear prices advanced 0.3 percent. Men's and boys' apparel fell 0.9 percent and infants' and toddlers' apparel declined 0.7 percent. Apparel services also dropped during the month, edging down 0.2 percent. Over the year, apparel commodities were up 4.9 percent.
 Medical care costs rose 0.7 percent during the month and were 7.9 percent above the year-ago level. Higher costs were noted for both medical care commodities and medical care services, up 0.8 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively. Entertainment costs moved down 0.3 as a slight increase in entertainment services, up 0.1 percent, failed to affect a 0.8 percent drop in the entertainment commodities index. Over the year, the entertainment expenditure category has risen 5.6 percent. In November, the other goods and services index gained a slight 0.2 percent as a result of a 0.9 percent increase in tobacco prices.
 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers:
 Indexes and percent changes for selected periods
 (Data are not seasonally adjusted)
 West (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 .......................... 138.6 139.0 3.3 0.3
 Food and beverages ............... 137.0 137.8 3.0 .6
 Food ........................... 135.7 136.7 2.0 .7
 Food at home ................. 135.3 136.8 1.6 1.1
 Food away from home .......... 136.8 137.1 2.8 .2
 Alcoholic beverages ............ 149.1 148.6 12.0 -.3
 Housing .......................... 138.2 138.4 4.1 .1
 Shelter ........................ 148.6 149.4 4.3 .5
 Fuel and other utilities ....... 124.0 122.3 5.6 -1.4
 Household furnishings and
 operation ..................... 115.5 115.3 1.6 -.2
 Apparel and upkeep ............... 126.8 126.8 4.9 0.0
 Transportation ................... 124.9 125.3 -2.5 .3
 Private transportation ......... 122.7 123.0 -2.4 .2
 Motor fuel ................... 95.8 95.8 -18.5 .0
 Public transportation .......... 151.6 154.3 -3.3 1.8
 Medical care ..................... 182.1 183.4 7.9 .7
 Entertainment .................... 143.7 143.3 5.6 -.3
 Other goods and services ......... 176.4 176.8 8.6 .2
 Personal care .................. 141.8 141.4 3.8 -.3
 Special indexes
 Energy ............................. 106.4 104.8 -8.4 -1.5
 All items less energy .............. 142.5 143.1 4.2 .4
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 /CONTACT: Sam Hirabayashi, 415-744-7166; or Joyce Sakai, 415-744-7132; 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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