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CONSUMER PRICES IN THE WESTERN REGION EDGED UP 0.1 PERCENT IN JUNE-- UP 3.5 PERCENT FOR THE YEAR

CONSUMER PRICES IN THE WESTERN REGION EDGED UP 0.1 PERCENT IN JUNE--
 UP 3.5 PERCENT FOR THE YEAR
 SAN FRANCISCO, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer prices in the thirteen westernmost states rose 0.1 percent in June, according to Regional Commissioner Sam Hirabayashi of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. This was the third consecutive month prices had risen 0.1 percent in the region. He added that declines in the apparel and upkeep and entertainment categories virtually offset increases in the other five major expenditure categories in June. Energy prices rose 2.3 percent last month. Excluding energy, prices in the West remained unchanged. Consumer price index data for the region are not seasonally adjusted.
 The All Items Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the West reached 141.6 in June (1982-84-100), 3.5 percent above June 1991 levels. Western region prices had advanced 5.0 and 4.6 percent in the years ending June 1990 and June 1991 respectively. So far this year, prices have increased 1.9 percent, compared to 1.3 percent in the first six months of 1991.
 Private transportation costs advanced 1.2 percent in June as gasoline prices rose for the sixth consecutive month. Gasoline prices jumped 4.3 percent in June and were 12.4 percent above June 1991 levels. The public transportation index, which includes airline fares, fell 4.1 percent last month, moderating some of the increases in the private transportation component, resulting in a 0.6 percent advance in overall transportation costs. When compared to year-ago levels, private transportation increased 5.1 percent, the public transportation index was down 3.2 percent, and overall transportation costs increased 4.2 percent.
 The housing index rose 0.2 percent in the month as the indexes for fuels and other utilities and household furnishings and operation both advanced 0.3 percent, and shelter costs edged up 0.1 percent. When compared to June 1991, there were increases of 3.3 percent in the cost of shelter, 3.9 percent in the index for fuel and other utilities, 1.7 percent in the cost of household furnishings and operation, and 3.2 percent in the overall cost of housing.
 The apparel and upkeep category fell 2.4 percent last month but this index was up 4.8 percent when compared to a year ago. In June, there were declines of 2.4 percent in price tags for men's and boys' apparel, 5.0 percent in the index for women's and girls' apparel, and 0.6 percent in the cost of footwear. Barely offsetting these declines were advances of 1.3 percent in other apparel commodities, 0.8 percent in apparel services, and 0.3 percent in prices for infants' and toddlers' apparel.
 Increases of 0.1 percent in both prices for food and alcoholic beverages resulted in a 0.1 percent rise in the overall index for food and beverages. Within the food component, grocery prices (food at home) and the index for food away from home both also edged up 0.1 percent. Prices for fruits and vegetables in the West fell again last month. The 2.5 percent decline in June meant that these prices have fallen 8.6 percent since April and 12.9 percent when compared to a year ago. Offsetting this decline were increases of 1.1 percent in prices for cereals and bakery products, 0.2 percent in the index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs, 1.4 percent in the cost of dairy products, and 0.7 percent in prices for miscellaneous grocery products. The overall cost of food and beverages in the West advanced a moderate 0.7 percent from June 1991 to June 1992.
 The cost of medical care in the West rose 0.6 percent in the month as medical care commodities increased 1.0 percent and medical care services were up 0.5 percent. Over the past year, the cost of medical care rose 7.6 percent. The cost of entertainment in the region was down 0.3 percent largely on the strength of a 0.7 percent decline in entertainment services. The overall entertainment index was 1.7 percent above June 1991 levels. The other goods and services category was up 8.3 percent for the year after advancing 0.4 percent in June.
 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 June 1992
 from:
 May June June May
 1992 1992 1991 1992
 Expenditure category
 All items .......................... 141.4 141.6 3.5 0.1
 Food and beverages ............... 139.0 139.1 .7 .1
 Food ........................... 137.6 137.7 .2 .1
 Food at home ................. 137.4 137.5 -1.1 .1
 Food away from home .......... 138.4 138.6 2.4 .1
 Alcoholic beverages ............ 152.0 152.2 4.5 .1
 Housing .......................... 140.4 140.7 3.2 .2
 Shelter ........................ 151.3 151.5 3.3 .1
 Fuel and other utilities ....... 126.1 126.5 3.9 .3
 Household furnishings and
 operation 116.4 116.8 1.7 .3
 Apparel and upkeep ............... 129.2 126.1 4.8 -2.4
 Transportation ................... 128.6 129.4 4.2 .6
 Private transportation ......... 126.4 127.9 5.1 1.2
 Motor fuel ................... 102.9 107.1 11.8 4.1
 Public transportation .......... 156.6 150.2 -3.2 -4.1
 Medical care ..................... 189.8 191.0 7.6 .6
 Entertainment .................... 143.5 143.0 1.7 -.3
 Other goods and services ......... 182.5 183.3 8.3 .4
 Personal care .................. 143.4 143.7 2.0 .2
 Special indexes
 Energy ............................. 110.5 113.0 7.0 2.3
 All items less energy .............. 145.3 145.3 3.3 .0
 -0- 7/14/92
 /CONTACT: Sam Hirabayashi, 415-744-7166, or Leon Bornstein, 415-744-7163, both of U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics/ CO: U.S. Department of Labor ST: IN: SU: ECO


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