Detroit Evening Report, April 12, 2022: Inflation rose 8.5% in March, the largest increase in 40 years

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U.S. inflation is the worst it’s been in 40 years. The Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index rose 8.5% in March. That’s the largest year-over-year increase since 1981. The war in Ukraine, higher gas prices, supply chain issues and increased consumer demand  are among the reasons analysts cite for the jump in inflation. Across the country, the price of gasoline has jumped nearly 50% in the past year. And Detroiters are paying more for groceries such as fruit, eggs and baby food.

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  • Jerome Vaughn
    Jerome Vaughn is News Director at 101.9 WDET. His interest in news reporting began when he was five years old, after his mom bought him a yellow Panasonic ball and chain radio.