Cleveland Fed: Key Measures Show Inflation increased Year-over-year in August

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% August. The 16% trimmed-mean Consumer Price Index rose 0.3% in August. “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 August here. Used cars and trucks increased at a 88% annualized rate in August.

Inflation Measures Click on graph for larger image.

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 2.7%, the trimmed-mean CPI rose 2.5%, and the CPI less food and energy rose 1.7%. Core PCE is for July and increased 1.3% year-over-year.

Even with the increases in inflation in July and August, overall inflation will not be a concern during the crisis.

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