inflation in US closed 2021 at 7%, which was an unprecedented record in the past 39 years for the country.
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The world’s leading economy is no stranger to the shocks left by the arrival of covid-19 pandemicSuch as disruption to supply chains. And this effect is already beginning to be felt by its inhabitants in everyday life.
In the accumulation of the year, several categories rebounded, such as the case of gasoline (49.6%); energy (29.3%); gas (24.1%); meat, chicken, eggs and fish (12.5%); Among other things.
“This is a worrying issue. Inflation was gradual, but it sure happensGabriel Guerrero, 27, a resident of Columbus, Ohio, said. Marcel Guerrero, Gabriel’s father, added, “Other than the issue of inflation, one thing is very certain, which is that a large part of the population has never experienced inflation, because this country has been stable.”
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Inflation in the United States, as in any part of the world, has different levels of influence, depending on social class, but in this country another element is added: Salary.
Inflation is a worrying issue. It’s been gradual, but it’s already happening and having an impact
Wages in this country are subject to working hours and place of residence. In fact, by around 2022 21 states have raised the base pay.
To give examples, in Delaware it went up $1.25 to $1,050; Whereas in Ohio this is $9.30 and in Massachusetts it is $14.25.
Regarding rents, “there was a noticeable increase in rent, about $1,000 or $1,500,” said Manuela Jaramillo, a Colombian based in San Francisco (California).
category Proteins were among the most abundant Last year was in numbers (see chart), but without a doubt one of the ones that has had the biggest impact on citizens’ pockets due to the large number of home purchases.
In addition to the issue of inflation, one thing is very certain that a large part of the population has never experienced inflation
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), indoor dining was 6.5% annual increase And dining out was 6.0%.
Maria Garcia, a Venezuelan from Atlanta (Georgia), commented: “The most here is beef and chicken. A family chicken tray you can buy before for $10 or $12 costs $20 (… ) Meat is between $40 or $50, preferably going to a restaurant.”
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Similarly, Attilio Lugo noted that in Cathy (Texas), a 12-22-pound beef steak rose from $2.64 to $47.47.
“Meat used to be $20 but now it’s between $24 and $25, for the same reason there’s also chicken and pork‘,” added Gabriel Guerrero, while Manuela Jaramillo commented that ‘a pound of salmon costs $7 or $8’ when before that it was $5.
“Fruit that I used to buy for $5 is now worth $7 and doesn’t really affect me, but families with less purchasing power can’t buy milk,” said Monica Sells, a resident of Los Angeles, California.
In addition to food, there are other important items today, such as The value of the masks is also increasing.
“A pack of masks started at $4, now you can find them for $7 or $8,” said Leonardo Tarazona, who lives in Houston, Texas.
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In the field of construction and housing, Jason Danny (North Carolina) commented that the costs of building his home increased by $10,000 per month.
Yes good More fuel increased (See graph) At the country level, it is worth remembering that this varies by region, although in the survey, all increases were expressed.
“We decided to look for an electric car to protect ourselves from rising gasoline prices,” said Daniel Salz.