Sunday, September 16, 2012

Expensive clothes? In Pittsburgh??

From last month, but the latest data on local inflation has an odd factoid in it.   If you look into the detail of how prices went up year over year in Pittsburgh, the data is showing an 11% annual increase in local apparel costs? What's up with that, it does not seem to be part of a larger pattern elsewhere??  The end of Scotch-Irish frugality?  All the shale workers in town have a hankering for locally procured Tommy Hilfinger?   Something more innocuous popping up in the data?  I really have no idea and would love any insight.

By far apparel has the biggest annual jump among any of the major categories the BLS itemizes for Pittsburgh.  By my quick calculation it is the biggest percentage increase in over a decade for and one of the biggest jumps ever recorded for apparel in Pittsburgh. 

The big picture is in their graphic:

But the detail with the apparel data is on the bottom of the page here.  Check out the change betweeen the first half of 2011 and first half of 2012.


Anonymous MH said...

Pirates selling more officially licensed shirts?

Sunday, September 16, 2012 9:16:00 PM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

I confess; its my fault. I have been spending some gas lease money at the Settler's Cabin REI buying mountain biking/camping clothing.

Sunday, September 16, 2012 10:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps it's a response to GQ naming Pittsburgh the "3rd Worst Dressed City" a couple years ago.

Monday, September 17, 2012 9:40:00 AM  

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