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Consumer Price Index (CPI-U)

Rose 0.2 percent

The Consumer Price Index increased 0.2 percent
in April. Over the last 12 months, the all items index rose 2.5 percent before seasonal adjustment.

Next release: June 12, 2018

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Unemployment rate

3.8% in May 2018

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 223,000 in March, and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Job gains occurred in retail trade, health care, and construction.

Since their peaks in August 2008 (state) and July 2008 (local), state and local government employment remains down 334,000 jobs: 131,000 in state government and 203,000 in local government.

Next release: July 6, 2018