Put the blame on electricity and the clothes you wear.
The Consumer Price Index for the Tacoma-Seattle area rose 0.2 percent for the two months ending in February when compared with December’s prices, and the greatest contributors to the increase were apparel and energy.
The 0.2 percent price increase for the two-month period followed a 1.1 percent decrease in overall prices recorded in December. One year ago, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted a bi-monthly increase of 0.7 percent.
Electricity led gainers while sparking a price increase of 15.4 percent over December’s figures. The cost of apparel rose 4.8 percent over two months while the cost of shelter rose 0.5 percent.
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Among decliners, gasoline stationed itself in the lead with an overall decline of 18.3 percent through two months. Gasoline prices were down 30.1 percent over 12 months, although in just the past month the drop has moderated with prices rising 0.5 percent, the BLS reported.
The cost of groceries fell 0.3 percent over two months and has risen 3.2 percent over the year. The cost of food eaten away from home was unchanged, while alcoholic beverages decreased 1.0 percent.
The cost of medical care increased 0.9 percent and recreation rose 1.2 percent, the BLS said.