Consumer prices jump 7.5% over last 12 months, marking fastest pace in 40 years


(WASHINGTON) — The prices Americans pay for a basket of goods and services continued to climb rapidly last month, according to new government data.

The consumer price index — a key measure of inflation — surged 7.5% over the last 12 months, the Labor Department said Thursday. This marks the largest 12-month increase since February 1982. The index surged 0.6% in January alone.

The so-called core index, or measure for all items except the more volatile food and energy indices, spiked 6% over the last 12 months. It was the largest 12-month change since August 1982.

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