The CPI-U for the West region rose 1.5 percent from August 2012 to August 2013. Energy costs, which include gasoline and household fuels, advanced 1.1 percent and food prices were up 0.9 percent. Excluding food and energy, the index increased 1.7 percent over the year.
Among the regions, the index for the Northeast rose 0.2 percent in August while prices in the South and the Midwest each edged up 0.1 percent. Over the year, prices advanced 1.7 percent in the South, 1.5 percent in the Northeast, and 1.2 percent in the Midwest.