- Price declines reflected the effects of COVID-19 shutdowns, with gas prices falling, along with prices of auto insurance, air travel, apparel and lodging away from home.
- Price increases hit more necessary items: Food, shelter, medical care and, alcohol.
- How long with this deflationary trend continue? If gasoline prices increase sharply in summer months, inflation could hold nearly flat.
The May inflation report, just released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, offers an unnerving glimpse at the volatile U.S. economy, with prices rising dramatically in some sectors and falling dramatically in others.
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