Here’s Where Inflation Is Hurting Colorado Residents The Most

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DENVER, CO — Anyone who’s been to a Colorado grocery store recently knows the pinch of a 7.9 percent jump in inflation, the sharpest consumer price index spike since 1982.

The price of food increased on pace with inflation, costing Americans 7.9 percent more last month than in February 2021, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent report on consumer price index increases. The report is a cautionary tale, showing a steady increase in inflation since last fall.

Proteins like meat, fish, poultry and eggs are up nearly 13 percent. Fruits, vegetables, cereals and bakery items are up almost 9 percent. Dairy and related products cost about 5 percent more.

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But within those categories are steeper national increases. Milk, for example, costs about 11 percent more. A beef roast costs about 19 percent more and a steak 17 percent more. Citrus fruits cost about 16 percent more. Roasted coffee is up 11 percent. Eggs increased 8 percent.

Much of the focus on inflation has been on rising fuel costs. The average cost Colorado residents paid for a gallon of gas increased to $3.97 per gallon Thursday, according to AAA.

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Other energy costs also increased. Nationally, the cost to heat homes with natural gas increased almost 24 percent, and electricity increased about 9 percent. Almost everything else increased, too.

Nationwide, new cars and trucks cost about 12 percent more. But if you’re planning to buy a used vehicle in Colorado? Prepare to pay about 40 percent more. Nationally, Tires cost about 15 percent more. Oil costs about 13 percent more.

Nationally, the cost of women’s clothing increased 6 percent overall, but dresses alone cost almost 14 percent more. The cost to clothe babies and toddlers increased 12 percent, and there was an increase of more than 10 percent to buy shoes for kids.

The cost of vacation also is increasing across the country. Airline fares are up about 12 percent. Leasing a car? That’ll cost 24 percent more. Hotels cost about 29 percent more. If you’re planning to attend a major sporting event, expect to pay about 21 percent more.

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