ECONOMY

Lower gas, food costs keep US producer prices unchanged in August as inflation remains mild.

In this Tuesday, April 15, 2014 photo, Glendy Vega inspects a blender container before final packaging at the Vitamix  manufacturing facility in Strongsville, Ohio. The Labor Department reports, on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, on U.S. producer price inflation in August. The report measures price changes before they reach consumers. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

In this Tuesday, April 15, 2014 photo, Glendy Vega inspects a blender container before final packaging at the Vitamix manufacturing facility in Strongsville, Ohio. The Labor Department reports, on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, on U.S. producer price inflation in August. The report measures price changes before they reach consumers. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)  (The Associated Press)

A measure of prices that producers receive for their goods and services was unchanged in August, the latest sign that inflation is in check.

The Labor Department says that wholesale gas prices fell 1.4 percent last month and food costs dropped 0.5 percent. Those declines offset higher prices for transportation and shipping services.

The producer price index rose just 1.8 percent last month from a year earlier. The index measures price changes before they reach the consumer.