Inflation Nation: Prices for Movers and Cleaners Surged at Record Pace in May

Inflation Nation: Prices for Movers and Cleaners Surged at Record Pace in May


American households paid a lot more for house cleaners and movers in May, data from the Department of Labor showed Thursday.

The government calculates the price of moving, storing, and shipping expenses as a component of its index for shelter in the broader Consumer Price Index. In May, the index for the prices related to moving shot up 5.5 percent. Compared with a year ago, the moving index is up 16.2 percent.

That is by far the largest monthly and annual gain for the index in records going back to 1997. On a monthly basis, the previous record high was October 2017’s 5.1 percent rise. On average, this index rises just two-tenths of a point each month.

The government also tracks a category it calls “domestic services,” which is mostly the price of house cleaners. It excludes lawn care. Cleaning prices jumped 6.4 percent in May, doubling

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