JACKSON, Wyo. — In the past year, egg prices across the U.S. have more than doubled, rising faster than any other grocery category.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, in December, the Consumer Price Index for eggs rose 11.1%, 160% over the level of December 2021, to an average price of $4.25 per dozen, 238% higher than the $1.79 price set in December 2021.

Experts have attributed soaring egg prices and low stock to the lingering avian influenza (bird flu) outbreak and increased feed, fuel and labor costs across the U.S.

This dashboard reports average egg prices over time. The latest government data shows that the national average cost for a dozen eggs hit $4.25 in December. Photo: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Egg prices are up significantly more than other foods, even more than chicken or turkey, because egg farmers were hit harder by the bird flu, according to a report from the Associated Press (AP).

“More than 43 million of the 58 million birds slaughtered over the past year to control the virus have been egg-laying chickens, including some farms with more than a million birds apiece in major egg-producing states like Iowa,” said the AP.

In its Egg Market Overview last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said that more eggs were delivered to sellers, an increase of 11%, and future deliveries are projected to be up 14%. This increase in inventory will help decrease prices for consumers.

“Wholesale prices for cartoned shell eggs continue to move lower through the week with supplies rising to moderate levels but offerings remaining light to moderate,” said the U.S.D.A.

As bird flocks recover from the avian flu, experts say that post-holiday demand should also ease supply issues, although Easter is another high-demand season that will likely affect prices once again.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.