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Will inflation continue to rise? Your questions, answered.

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You may have noticed that gallon of milk or carton of eggs costs a bit more than it did a year ago. U.S. households are paying more for food, gas, housing and health care. And the rising prices have lifted inflation to its highest level in 40 years.

Global supply chain backlogs and booming demand from shoppers have pushed up prices on consumer goods, and many economists say the price hikes may leave a lasting mark on household budgets. Policymakers now acknowledge that the pandemic-induced inflation is larger and more persistent than they expected.

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Teddy Amenabar, an editor on The Post’s audience team, produced this Q&A.