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U.S. inflation exceeds economists’ forecasts in September.


WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH⁣ 14: Prices for ‌gas at ⁣an Exxon gas station on ⁤Capitol Hill are seen⁣ March 14, 2022 in⁤ Washington,​ DC. The‍ cost ⁢of gasoline continues to rise across ⁣the​ globe and in the United States due ‍to the⁣ Russian invasion ​of Ukraine and continued inflation associated with the global pandemic. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

OAN’s Stephanie Stahl
11:20 AM​ – Thursday, October 12, 2023

The ⁤Inflation Rate in the United States Surpasses Expectations

The inflation rate in the United States increased to 3.7% in‌ September, surpassing economists’‍ forecasts, according to⁢ new ‍data from⁣ the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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The increased inflation ​has placed an additional strain on consumers, who are⁢ already grappling with skyrocketing prices on essential items.

The Federal Reserve is reportedly ⁣contemplating raising⁢ interest‍ rates again before the end ‌of the year​ in an effort to ‌curb inflation.

The Consumer Price Index​ reading, which gauges inflation​ by monitoring changes in ‍the prices ⁢of everyday goods ‌and services, reflects the reading⁢ in August⁢ and slightly exceeds the economists’ projected 3.6%‍ increase.

Meanwhile,⁢ the ‌federal‌ agency ⁣noted that ⁢a 0.2% rise⁤ in ⁣shelter ⁢costs represented more than half​ of the overall increase.

The CPI‌ data also revealed that the gasoline index saw a significant 2.1%​ increase, making a substantial⁢ contribution to the overall CPI.

Last month, gasoline‌ prices soared with a remarkable 10.6%⁣ surge, as reported by AAA, with the ⁤average cost ​for a gallon of⁤ gas reaching⁣ $3.85.

According to ⁢the latest available data⁤ posted on Thursday, the average price for a gallon of gas⁤ in the United States is now $3.65.

However, food ‌price inflation has reached its lowest level since March 2021, matching the overall inflation rate of 3.7%. This marks ⁢the first instance since early​ 2022 that food⁤ prices have not exceeded the general inflation rate, as per CPI data.

Grocery price‍ increases have slowed, coming ⁤in at⁤ an annual rate of 2.4%.

Economists say that the⁢ underlying trends are progressing in the direction desired by ⁤the Federal Reserve, which has been actively ⁣engaged in a series ​of rate hikes ⁤to combat inflation​ since ‌March 2022.

Following the peak in inflation last summer, the central bank has been diligently raising rates. The ⁣Fed increased rates by another 25 basis points to ​a⁣ 22-year high in August in hopes of⁤ an economic slowdown.

In the‌ last policy meeting that was held last‌ month, Fed officials unanimously ⁤opted to⁢ maintain this historically high rate steady ⁣for the second time this ‌year.

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How has the inflation rate in ⁣the United States performed compared to economists’ expectations?

The Inflation Rate in the United States Surpasses Expectations

The inflation rate in the United States has exceeded ‌economists’ expectations, reaching‍ 3.7% in September, according to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This increase in ⁢inflation has put additional strain on consumers who are already dealing with rising prices ​on essential items.

In response to ‌the rising inflation, the Federal ⁢Reserve is reportedly considering raising interest rates again before the end of the year in‍ an effort ⁤to curb inflation. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), ​which measures⁢ inflation by monitoring changes in the prices of everyday ‍goods and services, slightly⁢ exceeded economists’ projected 3.6% increase.

The CPI data also showed that a 0.2% rise in ⁣shelter costs accounted for more than half of the overall increase. Additionally, the gasoline index saw a significant 2.1% increase, making a substantial contribution to the overall CPI. Last month, gasoline prices surged by 10.6%, ⁣with the average cost for a gallon of gas reaching $3.85. The latest available data shows that the average price for a gallon of gas in the United States is now $3.65.

On the other hand, food price inflation has⁢ reached its lowest level since‌ March 2021, matching the overall inflation rate of 3.7%. This is the first time since early 2022 that food prices have not exceeded the general inflation ⁢rate. Grocery price increases have also slowed, with an annual rate of 2.4%.

Economists believe that these ⁤underlying trends are moving in the⁢ desired direction of the Federal Reserve. The central bank has been actively raising interest⁤ rates since March 2022 to‍ combat inflation. ‌After reaching its peak ⁣last summer, the Fed has continued to raise rates, reaching a 22-year high‌ in‍ August. In the most​ recent policy meeting, Fed officials decided to maintain this historically high rate steady for the second time this year.

In conclusion, the ‌inflation rate in the United‍ States has surpassed expectations, putting⁢ pressure on consumers who are already facing⁢ rising prices. The Federal Reserve is considering further⁢ rate‍ hikes to curb⁢ inflation. While food⁣ prices‌ have matched the overall inflation​ rate, grocery price increases​ have ‌slowed. The Fed’s efforts to combat inflation through rate hikes are showing signs of progress.



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