Thursday, May 08, 2008

All of Inflation’s Little Parts (The New York Times)

Below is an INTERACTIVE FLASH IMAGE, Click to follow link and see how we really spend our Money.

May 3, 2008

All of Inflation’s Little Parts

Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics
gathers 84,000 prices in about 200 categories — like gasoline, bananas,
dresses and garbage collection — to form the Consumer Price Index, one
measure of inflation.

It’s among the statistics that the Federal
Reserve considered when it cut interest rates on Wednesday. The
categories are weighted according to an estimate of what the average
American spends, as shown below.

An Average Consumer's Spending

Each shape below represents how much the average American spends in different categories.
Larger shapes make up a larger part of spending.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Michael Balzer, University of Konstanz (Germany)

Matthew Bloch, Shan Carter and Amanda Cox/The New York Times