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Hold Up: Inflation Was Even Worse Than Reported, Federal Data Shows

By Casey Harper (The Center Square)

Inflation rose more than expected in August, leaving Americans facing even higher prices on a range of everyday purchases, according to newly released federal inflation data.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis released the pricing data, which showed the Personal Consumption Expenditure excluding food and energy, a key marker of inflation, rose 0.6%, higher than expected by Dow Jones.

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“From the preceding month, the PCE price index for August increased 0.3 percent…” BEA said. “Prices for goods decreased 0.3 percent and prices for services increased 0.6 percent.”

Food prices have risen faster than most other items, making groceries harder for Americans to afford. The overall rise in prices has been in part offset by the recent drop in gas prices from record highs in June.

Last week, though, those gas prices began to rise again, suggesting September data could tell a different story.

“Food prices increased 0.8 percent and energy prices decreased 5.5 percent,” BEA said.

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Overall, prices are much higher than they were a year ago.

“From the same month one year ago, the PCE price index for August increased 6.2 percent…” BEA said. “Prices for goods increased 8.6 percent and prices for services increased 5.0 percent. Food prices increased 12.4 percent and energy prices increased 24.7 percent. Excluding food and energy, the PCE price index increased 4.9 percent from one year ago.”

Syndicated with permission from The Center Square.

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  • I don't believe one thing coming out of DC. They are the King of Liars and I would not trust them if my life depended on it and it does. Liars all!

  • Just wait until septembers inflation numbers come in food up 40% in september and gas up at least 25% went from $3.99 to $5.50 here in oregon.

  • It's frustrating to have such incompetent people in power who seem disconnected from reality. They create a mess and then lie that it's not their fault. So, we know Biden isn't running things in the White House. It's pretty clear someone else is, who is not senile or unable to complete a sentence. They have no excuse for their horrible decisions which have negatively affected so many Americans. The liberal elites are in control and want to bring down America and make it into some have and have not socialist country. Which is exactly where it is headed right now.

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