Consumer index shows year-over-year increase

Area prices were down for the month, but up nearly 3.1 percent over a year ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The June decrease was influenced by lower gas prices, but the consumer price index for the Western region advanced over the same time last year, said regional commission Stanley W. Suchman.

Energy prices jumped 18.3 percent during the year, largely the result of an increase in the price of gas. The index for all items – minus food and energy – rose 1.5 percent since June 2010.

Food prices remained unchanged in June, and prices for food at home edged down .2 percent, but prices for restaurant food inched up that same amount for the same period.

During the year, food prices advanced 3.8 percent overall – 4.8 percent for food at home and 2.7 percent for food purchased in restaurants.

The energy index decreased 3 percent for the month. Prices for natural gas service rose 3.5 percent while prices for electricity decreased 1.1 percent in June, according to government figures.

Energy prices jumped 18.2 percent for the year, led by gasoline prices that are 29.2 percent higher than this time least year.

The index for all other items edged up .1 percent in June. Higher prices for new and used motor vehicles increased by just over 1 percent; medical care increased 2.9 percent and education increased 1.9 percent.

The consumer price index is a measure of the average change in prices over time in a fixed market of goods and services, BLS administrators said.