Consumer prices in the United States rose 5.4% last month compared to the same month of the previous year due to a shortage of goods due to the disruption of the supply network.

The rate of increase is wider than in the previous month, raising concerns that inflation will continue for a long time.

Consumer prices last month, announced by the US Department of Labor on Thursday, rose 5.4% compared to the same month last year.

The Fed, which is the central bank, has been in the 5% range for five months, far exceeding the 2% inflation rate set by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and the rate of increase has increased by 0.1 points from the previous month. bottom.

This is because demand is increasing due to the economic recovery, but the disruption in the distribution and factory supply networks affected by the new corona has not been resolved, and there is a shortage of goods.

In addition, wage increases to solve labor shortages are also thought to have led to higher prices for goods and services.

By item, “food”, which is indispensable for daily life, increased by 4.6%, and “gasoline” increased by 42.1%, showing a remarkable increase in energy prices.

Fed Chair Powell has said that the sharp rise in prices is a temporary phenomenon and will gradually subside once the turmoil in the supply network subsides, but there are growing concerns in markets and elsewhere that inflation will continue for a long time.

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