The biggest monthly rent increase in 36 years is adding fuel to inflation fire

Rent prices are helping to fuel inflation, new government data shows, seeing their largest monthly increase in more than three decades.

The consumer price index jumped by a stunning 9.1% in June from a year earlier, according to a Wednesday report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And while a lot of the blame is being placed on soaring gas prices — the overall energy index accounted for almost half the increase in inflation from May to June — housing costs are fanning the flames too.


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