The annual inflation rate of the United States reached 9.1 per cent in June, the highest rate in almost 41 years.
The Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) disclosed this on Wednesday in its latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) report.
It said the pace of the consumer-price index increased in June compared to May’s annual rate of 8.6 per cent.
According to BLS, the food and energy index are the major components with the highest rate.
“The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 1.3 per cent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 1.0 per cent in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 9.1 per cent before seasonal adjustment,” it said.
“The increase was broad-based, with the indexes for gasoline, shelter, and food being the largest contributors. The energy index rose 7.5 per cent over the month and contributed nearly half of the all items increase, with the gasoline index rising 11.2 per cent and the other major component indexes also rising. The food index rose 1.0 per cent in June, as did the food at home index.
“The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.7 per cent in June, after increasing 0.6 per cent in the preceding two months. While almost all major component indexes increased over the month, the largest contributors were the indexes for shelter, used cars and trucks, medical care, motor vehicle insurance, and new vehicles. The indexes for motor vehicle repair, apparel, household furnishings and operations, and recreation also increased in June.”
It further added that a similar increased rate was last recorded in November 1981. “Among the few major component indexes to decline in June were lodging away from home and airline fares. The all-items index increased 9.1 per cent for the 12 months ending June, the largest 12-month increase since the period ending November 1981. The all items less food and energy index rose 5.9 per cent over the last 12 months. The energy index rose 41.6 per cent over the last year, the largest 12-month increase since the period ending April 1980. The food index increased 10.4 per cent for the 12-months ending June, the largest 12-month increase since the period ending February 1981,” it added.
In May, the federal reserve raised the interest rate by 50 per cent basic points to curb rising inflation, the highest hike since 2000.
Since the Russia-Ukraine crisis started, global economies have been struggling to tame rising energy and food costs. The development is causing tension and frustration across the cities.