Inflation at the wholesale level climbed 11.3 percent in June compared with a year earlier, the latest painful reminder that inflation is running hot through the American economy.
The Labor Department reported Thursday that the U.S. producer price index – which measures inflation before it hits consumers – rose at the fastest pace since hitting a record 11.6 percent in March.
Last month’s jump in wholesale inflation was led by energy prices, which soared 54 percent from a year earlier. But even excluding food and energy prices, which can swing wildly from month to month, producer prices in June jumped 8.2 percent from June 2021. On a month-to-month basis, wholesale inflation rose a substantial 1.1 percent from May to June.
Thursday’s report on wholesale prices came a day after the Labor Department reported that surging prices for gas, food and rent catapulted consumer inflation to a new four-decade peak in June, further pressuring households and likely sealing the case for another large interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve. Consumer prices soared 9.1 percent compared with a year earlier, the biggest yearly increase since 1981.