The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.2 percent in December on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.3 percent in November, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.3 percent before seasonal adjustment.
The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.1 percent in December after increasing 0.2 percent in November.
The all items index increased 2.3 percent for the 12 months ending December, the largest 12-month increase since the period ending October 2018. The index for all items less food and energy also rose 2.3 percent over the last 12 months, the same increase as the periods ending October and November.
Core inflation was slightly lower than expectations in December. I’ll post a graph later today after the Cleveland Fed releases the median and trimmed-mean CPI.