Inflation Eased in June to 3 Percent

Beth Mirza By Beth Mirza July 12, 2023

Inflation slowed again in June to a 3 percent annual rate, the slowest pace in two years, according to new figures out today.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all items rose 3 percent for the 12 months ending in June, before seasonal adjustment, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported. That’s well below the 4 percent year-over-year notch it reached in May and a significant improvement from when it peaked last summer at 9.1 percent. It is the smallest 12-month increase since the period ending March 2021.

On a monthly basis, the CPI rose 0.2 percent in June, seasonally adjusted, after increasing 0.1 percent in May.

Real average hourly earnings rose 1.2 percent, seasonally adjusted, from June 2022 to June 2023, the BLS reported separately today. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with a decrease of 0.6 percent in the average workweek resulted in a 0.6-percent decrease in real average weekly earnings over this period.



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