ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage residents paid more for items ranging from groceries to housing in the first half of this year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The agency said Thursday that housing rose 2.5 percent during the six-month period. Fuels and utilities rose 9.4 percent largely because of a more than 20 percent increase in natural gas service prices.
Groceries were up 1.8 percent and 4.3 percent from a year ago. Medical care rose 2.1 percent and was 4.1 percent higher than a year ago. Clothing rose 1.5 percent and showed a 9.9 percent increase compared to last year. Gasoline prices were up less than 1 percent, but were 11.2 percent higher than a year ago.
Prices for education inched up. Education declined slightly and was down 1.2 percent from a year ago.
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