‘Inflation Is Far From Dead,’ Economist Says

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An economist says that “inflation is far from dead” after the consumer price index report showed inflation rose 0.1% in March, up 5% from March 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Wednesday.

“Today’s inflation data show prices rising more than twice as fast as the Fed’s target 2.0% rate,” EJ Antoni, a research fellow for regional economics in the Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal after the report’s release. “Inflation is far from dead, despite the White House taking a victory lap on today’s numbers. It’s ironic that they are taking credit for reducing inflation after causing it in the first place.” (The Daily Signal is Heritage’s multimedia news organization.)

“Energy prices are down from record highs, but that is likely to reverse in coming months as global energy production declines,” Antoni said. “Having depleted the strategic petroleum reserve and hamstrung domestic production, Biden has put America in a vulnerable position to meet the coming storm and inflation will continue.”

Antoni added:

The Fed has also created a $6 trillion problem with its reverse repurchase agreement operations and interest on reserve policy. These factors are creating $800 million everyday, which will fuel inflation going forward.

The shelter index rose 0.6%, the transportation services index rose 1.4%, the new vehicles index rose 0.4%, the medical care commodities index rose 0.6%, and the food away from home index rose 0.6% while the gasoline index decreased 4.6%, the fuel oil index decreased 4%, the utility (piped) gas service index decreased 7.1%, the energy index decreased 3.5%, and the used car and trucks index decreased 0.9%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

“The effect on the common man is devastating – earnings can’t keep up with the 15% increase in prices under Biden, so that real earnings are down more than 5% since his inauguration,” Antoni said. “Higher interest rates have further compounded the pain by increasing borrowing costs.”

“The average family has effectively lost $7,100 in annual income under Biden’s watch. That’s more than an entire month’s income for many families,” Antoni added.

Wednesday’s report was better than some economist predictions that inflation rose 0.2% in March and at a year-over-year rate of 5.1%.

(Screenshot: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

The consumer price index rose 0.4% in February, up 6% from February 2022, The Daily Signal reported.

The February report showed that the shelter index rose 0.8%, the food index rose 0.4%, the transportation services index rose 1.1%, and the gasoline index rose 1.0%, while the fuel oil index decreased 7.9%, the utility (piped) gas service index decreased 8.0%, the energy index decreased 0.6%, and the used car and trucks index decreased 2.8%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last month.

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The consumer price index for April will be released May 10.

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