New figures released by the Labor Department this week showed that overall prices increased by 0.8 percent in November on a seasonally adjusted basis, the biggest monthly increase since September 2005.
The cost of fuel, driven by rising crude oil prices, was the chief culprit. Energy costs increased 5.7 percent in November and have increased at an astonishing 33 percent annual rate in the past three months. Transportation costs rose 14.4 percent for the three months. Food costs rose just 0.3 percent for the month of November.
The inflation report is bad news for consumers and investors as the damage of higher fuel costs spreads to other sectors of the economy. But our economy is tied to the whims of foreign oil cartels. So as long as we are energy dependent upon others, we'll all pay the price.
Source: Department of Labor
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