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It’s not just you: Everything really is getting more expensive
You're not imagining things: Prices are creeping up. Americans want to buy more stuff, and businesses are rushing to meet demand. Unemployment is below 4% for the first time in 17 years, wages are slowly inching up, and consumers are spending money on clothes, furniture, and cars. At the same time, elevated labor, transportation and commodity costs are pinching their profit margins.