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June 26, 2008

Inflation Emergency!!!

I am doing research for my beat this quarter, covering the economy and the markets. As part of that, I am working on a story that I think might be an interesting look at how inflation is calculated and the information brought to the public.

However, to do that, I have to get in touch with one of the speakers from my class last quarter. I knew right where to get his name, but I needed to get it.

When I did, I happened to scroll to the bottom of the release and found this:

CPI HOTLINE SERVICE PROVIDES LATEST INDEXES 24 HOURS A DAY

The all items CPI-U and CPI-W for the U.S. City Average, the Midwest region, and the Chicago area are available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the Bureau's CPI Hotline service. This recorded message also provides percent changes from the prior period and from a year earlier, as well as the scheduled release date for the next CPI issuance. The Hotline number in Chicago is (312) 353-1880, menu option 2.

Just what you need for the late night emergencies when you need to know what the inflation rate might be.

This entry is tagged: business, Chicago, CPI, inflation, journalism

Posted by bmiraski at June 26, 2008 3:33 PM