Inflation remains the top issue among Americans as the annual rate continues to increase to multidecade highs.

An estimated 38% of responding Americans cited the economic issue as the most important problem in the U.S. as part of a poll conducted by

Economic problems also had the highest percentage in August (37%), July (35%), June (40%), May (37%) and April (39%).

The latest poll coincides with the U.S. inflation rate hitting an 8.2% increase from September 2021 to September 2022, following an 8.3% reading for price increases from August 2021 to August 2022, according to statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Thursday (October 13) morning via NBC News.

Higher prices for food, shelter and medical care continue to cause the increased inflation totals, according to the data.

The Federal Reserve has already increased its benchmark rate five times in 2022 — including three consecutive hikes of 0.75% — in an effort to make borrowing and spending money more expensive to deter consumer demand.