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Current CPI and unemployment rate

Consumer Price Index (CPI-U)

Rose 0.3 percent

The Consumer Price Index increased 0.3 percent
in October. Over the last 12 months, the all items index rose 2.5 percent before seasonal adjustment.

Next release: December 12, 2018

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Unemployment rate

3.8% in May 2018

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 250,000 in October, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Job gains occurred in health care, manufacturing, construction, and in transportation and warehousing.

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: December 7, 2018