Photo of a hand holding very small dollar bills.The Consumer Price Index is used to calculate inflation, or the change in price of a basket of goods and services, as it impacts consumers; whereas, the Producer Price Index measures changes in selling prices, thereby expressing price changes from the perspective of the seller who produces a particular commodity.

A slide presentation updated with July 2014 data shows the Midwest inflation rate decreased from June to July in urban metros, as well as in non-metro urban areas.

The Producer Price Index data shows that prices in the United States have increased from July 2013 to July 2014 for aircraft (1.9 percent), natural gas (14.7 percent), and slaughter livestock (29.7 percent). During that same time period, crude petroleum decreased 9.1 percent, sorghum prices decreased 42.9 percent and wheat decreased 6.5 percent. 

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