Key Measures Show Inflation about the same in February as in January on a YoY basis
The Cleveland Fed released the median CPI and the trimmed-mean CPI this morning:
According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the median Consumer Price Index rose 0.3% (3.2% annualized rate) in February. The 16% trimmed-mean Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% (1.9% annualized rate) during the month. The median CPI and 16% trimmed-mean CPI are measures of core inflation calculated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland based on data released in the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) monthly CPI report.Note: The Cleveland Fed released the median CPI details for February here.
Earlier today, the BLS reported that the seasonally adjusted CPI for all urban consumers rose 0.2% (2.1% annualized rate) in February. The CPI less food and energy rose 0.1% (1.3% annualized rate) on a seasonally adjusted basis.
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This graph shows the year-over-year change for these four key measures of inflation. On a year-over-year basis, the median CPI rose 2.8%, the trimmed-mean CPI rose 2.2%, and the CPI less food and energy rose 2.1%. Core PCE is for December and increased 1.9% year-over-year (January has not been released yet).
On a monthly basis, median CPI was at 3.2% annualized, trimmed-mean CPI was at 1.9% annualized, and core CPI was at 1.3% annualized.
Using these measures, inflation was about the same in February as in January on a year-over-year basis. Overall, these measures are at or above the Fed's 2% target (Core PCE is below 2%).