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Inflation in America due to COVID-19

Inflation in the United States has hit a 13 year high, elevating 5.5%

Posted: Aug 16, 2021 1:35 PM
Updated: Aug 16, 2021 1:52 PM

LAFAYETTE, La. - It all started when the price of used cars and rentals shot up by 45.2%. Since then the prices of other necessities have gone up as well. Things like fast good and groceries jumped 3.2% and milk up 5.6%.


"Definitley milk, definitley fruit, everything that's healthy definitley has went up," said Christine Johnson.

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"Produce has gone up and that's been something that has been effecting my diet. I feel like pricing should've went down especially because right now we need to focus on being healthy," said Angelina Battifora.


The restaraunt buisness is up 4.2% and to get there you will need some gas but it won't cheap. Gas prices have risen by a stunning 45%.


"Gas is very important for me. It used to cost me $20 to fill up my car and now it's about $35 almost $40," said Dylan Stelly.


Alongside gas the cost of flight, rideshares and Airbnb has also gotten more expensive. The travel industry took a massive hit last year.
The Biden Administration weighed in saying that the uptick in inflation is a direct result of the pandemic. On the upside they expect prices to drop sometime in the fall.


The fashion industry is also soaring but some don't think it's that big of a deal.


"They're always giving discounts on top of discounts so I don't see it effecting the fashion industry that much. It's just depending on the brand," said Maja Guiamelon.


Adding to the already pricey and long list is home appliances and toiletries. Such as shampoo, soap and razors climbing an unlucky 12%.


Positively what has also gone up is the number of job opening in America. Right now there is an estimated 9.3 million jobs up for grabs. When I hit the streets of Lafayette to ask people why they were not applying, they said all the jobs are offering minimum wage. Residents say that is just simply not enough money for them to be able to live their lives comfortably.

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