Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu secured the top positions on the index table with 1,415 points each, while Himachal Pradesh ranked at the bottom with 1,011 points.

In October 2023, retail inflation for agricultural laborers and rural workers experienced a slight increase, reaching 7.08% and 6.92%, respectively, compared to 6.70% and 6.55% in September 2023. The point-to-point inflation rates based on CPI-AL (Consumer Price Index-Agricultural Laborers) and CPI-RL (Consumer Price Index-Rural Laborers) were reported at 7.22% and 7.34%, respectively, in October 2022.

Food inflation for CPI-AL and CPI-RL in October 2023 stood at 8.42% and 8.18%, up from 8.06% and 7.73% in September 2023 and 7.05% and 7.00%, respectively, in the corresponding month of the previous year.

The All India CPI-AL and CPI-RL for October 2023 increased by 15 points and 14 points, respectively, reaching 1,241 points and 1,251 points, compared to 1,226 and 1,237 points in September 2023.

The rise in the general index of Agricultural Laborers and Rural Laborers was primarily contributed by the food group, accounting for 13.20 points and 12.48 points, respectively. This increase was attributed to the higher prices of items such as rice, wheat atta, pulses, vegetables, milk, onion, chillies (green), mixed spices, etc.

Across all states, there was an upward trend in the index. For Agricultural Laborers, five states recorded an increase of 1 to 10 points, 13 states saw an increase of 11 to 20 points, and two states experienced an increase of more than 20 points. In this category, Tamil Nadu secured the top position with 1,427 points, while Himachal Pradesh ranked at the bottom with 960 points.

For Rural Laborers, five states recorded an increase of 1 to 10 points, 13 states saw an increase of 11 to 20 points, and two states experienced an increase of more than 20 points. Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu secured the top positions on the index table with 1,415 points each, while Himachal Pradesh ranked at the bottom with 1,011 points.

Among the states, Jammu & Kashmir witnessed the maximum increase in both CPI-AL and CPI-RL (32 and 29 points, respectively), primarily due to rising prices of rice, wheat atta, onion, kadam saag/spinach, etc. Kerala experienced the minimum increase in both indices, with 1 point each.

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