Here's one thing you don’t have to worry about locally for now.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday issued its report on prices in the Tacoma-Seattle- Bremerton area, and the news is good.
Prices are down.
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Overall, consumer prices declined 0.2 percent from April to June, the department said. The decrease was primarily because of a dip in prices for groceries and energy.
The index was also down 0.5 percent from June 2009.
Within the fine print of the BLS report:
• Grocery prices are down 1.9 percent for the two months, and down 3.1 percent for the year.
• The price of food at restaurants is up 0.3 percent for the two months and up 0.6 percent for the year.
• Alcoholic beverages likewise poured a 0.3 percent increase for the shorter period.
• Housing prices were down 0.2 percent and 3.1 percent respectively, although electricity sparked a 1.3 percent increase for two months and is ahead by 8.9 percent over the year.
• Furniture, down 8 percent for the year, was down 1.8 percent for the two months.
• Clothing was down 1.3 percent for the two months, leading to a 0.3 percent decrease for the year.
• Gasoline prices fueled a decrease of 3.6 percent since April, but are up 3.8 percent for the year.
• Medical care, recreation and education and communication were all down, each by less then 1 percent for the two months.