US inflation slows from a 40-year peak but remains high


WASHINGTON (AP) – Falling gas prices gave Americans a slight break from the pain of high inflation last month, though the surge in overall prices slowed only modestly from the four-decade high it reached in June.

Consumer prices jumped 8.5% in July compared with a year earlier, the government said Wednesday, down from a 9.1% year-over-year jump in June.

On a monthly basis, prices were unchanged from June to July, the smallest such rise in more than two years.

Still, prices are spiking across a wide range of goods and services, leaving most Americans worse off.

Average paychecks are rising faster than they have in decades – but not fast enough to keep up with accelerating costs.

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8/10/2022 9:57:35 AM (GMT -5:00)

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