All of Inflation’s Little Parts (NY Times)

This interactive from last month hasn’t aged at all.
From the New York Time’s Matthew Bloch, Shan Carter and Amanda Cox.
Clipped version above. View the full-size version here.

From the NY Times:

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.

View the interactive at NY . . .

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2 Responses to “All of Inflation’s Little Parts (NY Times)”

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  2. Arshak Navruzyan says:

    Is this a commercial flash / flex component or is it proprietary to nytimes?

    I also really liked the longtail graph and would like to get my hands on something like that.