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From Gas to Groceries: Navigating Georgia’s Fluctuating Sectoral Dynamics


The February 2024 Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) data reveals pivotal insights into Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell’s economic landscape. Regional Commissioner Victoria G. Lee emphasized the noteworthy trend of the shelter index, which contributed significantly to the 3.3 percent overall inflation rate over the past 12 months.

Shelter Costs Drive Inflation: The focal point of this economic narrative is the surge in shelter costs, which have increased by a remarkable 6.1 percent over the past year. From December to February alone, the shelter index witnessed a notable 1.3 percent rise, acting as a key driver behind the region’s overall inflation rate.

Economic Landscape: Reflecting a broader economic trend, the CPI-U increased by 3.3 percent over the past year, portraying a general price rise that shapes the financial experiences of residents and businesses in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell.

Food Stability and Sectoral Dynamics: By maintaining equilibrium in food costs, the overall food index advanced by 3.9 percent over the year, while the food-at-home index saw a marginal dip of 0.2 percent. However, the 5.9 percent increase in the food away from home index is noteworthy, providing insights into evolving consumer behaviors.

On the energy front, the sector displayed nuanced fluctuations. From December to February, the energy index rose by 2.9 percent, driven by spikes in natural gas (+10.3 percent), electricity (+2.2 percent), and gasoline (+1.7 percent). Yet, a counter-narrative unfolds over the 12 months, with the gasoline index experiencing a decline of 4.0 percent.

Purchasing Power Dynamics: Unveiling the intricacies of purchasing power, the index for all items less food and energy rose by 1.3 percent from December to February. The shelter index played a pivotal role, with a substantial 1.6 percent increase during the same bi-monthly period. Over the 12 months ending in February, all items less food and energy witnessed a 3.2 percent increase, highlighting the delicate balance between wages and overall price dynamics.

Georgia Legislature approves coverage to help first responders cope with job-related PTSD treatment

The Ashley Wilson Act, named for Gwinnett police sergeant Ashley Wilson, passed unanimously in the Georgia House of Representatives, aiming to provide supplemental health insurance for first responders diagnosed with PTSD due to on-the-job experiences. This landmark legislation, celebrated for its potential to significantly aid in the recovery and support of traumatized first responders, reflects a broader recognition of PTSD’s serious impact on public safety personnel, promising financial and treatment support beginning January 1, 2025.

FAFSA delays pose challenges for Georgia college-bound students

Students across Georgia are facing delays in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, particularly challenging due to its late January rollout and additional complications for mixed-status families. Despite these setbacks, the Department of Education has implemented fixes for major issues, and officials, including MorraLee Keller of the National College Attainment Network, urge students not to give up on securing financial aid for college.