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The Consumer Price Index, published by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, may be briefly defined as a measure of the average change in prices over time in a fixed market basket of goods and services. Information includes an index for wage earners such as clerical workers, professional, managerial, technical workers, self-employed, short-terms workers, the unemployed, retirees, and others not in the labor force.

Consumer Price Index measurements include:

Wages for workers, prices of food, clothing, shelter, fuels, transportation fares, charges for doctors' and dentists' services, drugs, and other goods people buy for day-to-day living. Prices are collected in 85 urban areas across the U.S. from about 57,000 housing units and about 19,000 retail stores, supermarkets, hospitals, gas stations, and other types of stores and services. Other complex calculations include taxes derived from goods sold as well as percentage and average changes in price during the base period.

Consumer Price Index 24 Hour Hotline Numbers in California:

Los Angeles
(310) 235-6884

San Diego
(619) 557-6538

San Francisco
(415) 975-4406

Federal level

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
Division of Economical Analysis and Information
71 Stevenson Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 975-4350 (statistics inquiry)

Department of Industrial Relations
Division of Labor Statistics and Research
Bureau of Labor Statistics
(415) 703-4780
(415) 703-4771 Fax

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