THE 4PM POLL: How Is Inflation Hitting You Hardest? Prices rose 8.6% in the year through May, the government said Friday, the fastest rate of inflation for the Consumer Price Index in more than 40 years. Which of the record-high national prices is hitting you hardest? $4.99 for an average gallon of regular gas $2,000 for a month of median rent $7.40 for an average pound of bacon $403 for an average round-trip domestic flight Something else. Email us your answer. Have more to say about this? Email us at [email protected], and we may publish your response.