ECONOMIC UPDATE: CONSUMER PRICE INDEX, APRIL JOBS REPORT, INTEREST RATES AND YIELD CURVES

SVN Miller Economic Update

CONSUMER PRICE INDEX 

  • Consumer prices rose 8.3% year-over-year through April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index (CPI). April’s reading was the first reduction in annual inflation since August 2021, but price pressures remain near 40-year highs.
  • Prices rose just 0.3% month-over-month, a modest reduction from the monthly rates registered at the start of the year and the lowest 30-day increase since September. If prices grew at this rate over the course of one year, the annual inflation rate would sit at 4.1%.
  • Core CPI, which excludes food and energy prices, accelerated on a month-over-month basis, rising from 0.3% in March to 0.6% in April.
  • Energy prices moderated after facing significant pressures in March. The overall energy subcomponent of CPI fell by 2.7% month-over-month, down from an increase of 11.0% in March.

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