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Healthcare helps push Wyoming inflation up 2% since last year

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CASPER, Wyo. – Wyoming’s economist released the cost of living index for the second quarter of 2019 on Monday.

According to the report from the Wyoming Economic Analysis Division, statewide inflation was rated at 2% overall during the second quarter of 2019. In comparison, the national inflation rate between June 2018 and June 2019 was 1.6% according to the release.

Broken down by category, medical expenses saw the largest increase at 5%, followed by apparel at 3.6%, housing at 2.7%, and food at 2.3%.

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Categories that saw declines are recreation and personal care, falling back -.03%, and transportation which fell -0.8%.

Northeast and Central Wyoming saw the largest increases at 2.3%.

The cost of renting rose significantly in Converse County and Washakie County, with 16% and 12.8% increases respectively. Douglas has been experiencing a boom in the energy sector.

The highest cost of living indexes by county offered no surprises, with Teton, Sublette, Laramie and Campbell counties on top, and Washakie, Niobrara, Big Horn and Goshen counties rounding out the bottom.