Prices in the Tacoma-Seattle area rose 0.9 percent for the two months ending in April, the highest two-month increase since April, 2014. Bimonthly figures for February were up 0.2 percent, this following a 1.1 percent skid last December.
Among the detailed sector reports, the overall cost of shelter was up 4.7 percent in April over the year before, and rent was up 5.2 percent.
Electricity plugged in a rise of 0.5 percent for the year, including a two-month jump of 2.8 percent. The cost of clothing unbuttoned a decrease of 4.3 percent over the year while the past two months saw an increase of 4.7 percent. Natural gas prices increased 1.7 percent over the year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, while there has been neither increase nor decrease since February.
Food prices increased with groceries up 0.9 percent for the year, and the cost of meals taken away from home cooked a 2.4 percent advance. For the two months, groceries were down 0.8 percent and outside meals up 0.5 percent. Alcoholic beverages are seeing double, with an increase of 0.5 percent for both the year and the two months.
Over the past 12 months, gasoline prices fueled a 27.7 percent decline while the past two months have seen an increase of 16.6 percent.
Meanwhile, the cost of medical care has dropped 0.4 percent in the past two months while recreation, education and communication each dipped 1.2 percent.