Inflation falls to 3% in June, lowest since March 2021
Why it matters: Overall inflation has plunged from a peak of 9% last summer, a relief for American consumers. The core measure, watched by economists, also showed notable signs of cooling in June.
Driving the news: The 12-month change in overall CPI cooled rapidly from the 4% registered in May. Core CPI also edged down from May's 5.3%.
- On a monthly basis, overall CPI rose 0.2% compared to the 0.1% rise in May. The core measure that economic policymakers keep an eye on also rose 0.2%, a much slower pace than the 0.4% notched in the previous three months.
Details: Sharply lower energy prices continue to be a major factor pulling down overall inflation. Gasoline prices, for instance, are down 26.5% compared to a year ago.
- Used cars and trucks, a category that helped lead the way as prices across the nation started to soar, are down 5.2% compared to a year ago. In June alone, prices fell 0.5%. (New vehicles, meanwhile, were flat.)
Of note: Rent price increases showed no sign of slowing— rising 0.5% in June, the same pace as the previous month. Shelter costs have put upward pressure on inflation.
- Private data has suggested that nationwide rental prices have climbed at a more subdued pace.
- Economists expect that development to be reflected in official government data and cool core inflation further down the line.