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Consumer prices up 2.1% in July in the NY-metro area

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday that its consumer price index for the 31-county region that includes Long Island rose 2.1 percent. The report indicated that strong contributors were the price of electricity, up 5 percent in July, and gasoline, up 4,1 percent. These are power lines near Port Jefferson. (Aug. 5, 2013) Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Prices in the New York metropolitan area climbed in July compared with a year earlier because of higher costs for energy and housing.

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics  reported Thursday that its consumer price index for the 31-county region that includes Long Island rose 2.1 percent last month compared with July 2012. The year-over-year increase was the largest since February.

Energy costs were partially to blame. The price of electricity rose 5 percent in July compared with a year earlier, while gasoline was up 4,1 percent.

Another driver was residential rents, which climbed 2.9 percent year over year, according to Martin Kohli, the bureau's chief regional economist.

The cost of health care and groceries rose moderately, up 3.1 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively.

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