The Midwest Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers increased 0.3 percent in February, according to a news release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The BLS splits the CPI into three categories: food, energy and all items less food and energy, which comprises items such as apparel, household furnishings, vehicle sales, recreation and shelter.
Motor fuel prices increased 1.2 percent in February, compared to the previous month. Prices for motor fuel have increased for six consecutive months.
Food prices increased 0.2 percent during the month - costs for food at home rose 0.4 percent while costs for food away from home were unchanged.
Prices for all items less food and energy increased by 0.2 percent.
During the last year, the Midwest CPI for all urban consumers rose 2.2 percent, including:
- an 11.3 percent increase in motor fuel and household fuel costs;
- a 2.2 percent food cost increase; and
- a 1.1 percent increase for all items less food and energy.