The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released their Consumer Price Index News Release for the month of July on August 11th, 2021.
- Annual Inflation 5.37% virtually identical to June’s 5.39%
- CPI Index rose from 271.696 in June to 273.003 in July.
- Monthly Inflation for June was 0.93% and July was 0.48%.
- Next release September 14th
Inflation for the 12 months ending in July was 5.37% identical to August 2008, July 2008 was the previous Peak at 5.60%
Last month’s 5.39% was the largest increase since August 2008’s 5.37%. (Since the BLS rounds to 1 decimal place they reported last month, this month, and August 2008 as 5.4%). If inflation tops the 5.6% of July 2008, we have to go all the way back to the 6.29% of October 1990 to find a higher peak.
We’ve been predicting Annual Inflation would shoot up in 2021 since September 2020 despite FED Chairmen Jerome’s pronouncement that inflation was “transitory”.
BLS Commissioner’s Inflation Report:
According to the BLS commissioner’s report, “The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.5 percent in July on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.9 percent in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 5.4 percent before seasonal adjustment. The indexes for shelter, food, energy, and new vehicles all increased in July and contributed to the monthly all items seasonally adjusted increase. The food index increased 0.7 percent in July as five of the major grocery store food group indexes rose, and the food away from home index increased 0.8 percent. The energy index rose 1.6 percent in July, as the gasoline index increased 2.4 percent and other energy component indexes also rose.”
(But remember when they talk about monthly numbers they are talking about “seasonally adjusted rates” while Annual numbers can’t be “Seasonally Adjusted”).
Seasonally Adjusted Inflation Components Table
As we can see from the table above key components are the increase in Energy prices which increased 23.8% over the last year and is up 1.6% over the last month. Used Cars and Trucks were also up 41.7% over year-ago prices. Food was up 3.4% over year-ago prices.
Current Inflation Situation
Looking at just the most recent years since 2010, we can see that the current levels are much higher than the 4 previous peaks since September 2011.
Moore Inflation Predictor
For the last couple of months, we’ve said that the FED’s projection of “transitory” inflation was overly optimistic and we included an additional line on our MIP Chart “if the FED is wrong”. On last month’s MIP chart that line was very close to perfect (although even that was a little low).
See: Moore Inflation Predictor for current info.
Not Seasonally Adjusted Monthly Inflation Rates
We can see from the table below that every month so far in 2021 is higher than the corresponding month in either 2019 or 2020.
See: Monthly Inflation Rate for more information and a complete table of Unadjusted Monthly Rates.
For more information See Annual Inflation.
Federal Reserve Actions
If you think this inflation is bad just wait until the FED pumps in another 1.25 Trillion into the economy. See NYSE ROC for more info.
FED Funds Rate
The FED has raised the FED funds a few hundredths of a percent since May, which is more symbolic than effective. The current FED Funds rate is 0.10% up from 0.08% in May. It has ranged from 0.05% to current levels since April 2020.
Chart Source St Louis FED.
The misery index spiked along with the inflation rate.
NYSE Rate of Change (ROC)©
Hold? Signal (Whipsaw)
The NYSE ROC index is down but still above its moving average.
See the NYSE ROC for more info.
NASDAQ Rate of Change (ROC)©
The NASDAQ ROC on the other hand has fallen below its moving average.
See NASDAQ ROC for more.
Regional Inflation Information
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also produces regional data. So if you are interested in more localized inflation information you can find it here.
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