The US Inflation Calculator measures the buying power of the dollar over time. Just enter any two dates from 1913 to 2018, an amount, and then click 'Calculate'.

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*Learn how this calculator works. This US Inflation Calculator uses the latest US government CPI data published on April 11 to adjust for inflation and calculate the cumulative inflation rate through March 2018. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) and inflation for April 2018 is scheduled for release by the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics on May 10, 2018. (See a chart of recent inflation rates.)


US Inflation Highest in Year Even as Consumer Prices Drop in March

U.S. consumer prices declined for the first time in 10 months in March while inflation over the past 12 months rose the most in a year, according to government figures released Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Higher costs in areas like healthcare, shelter and food were offset by falling gasoline prices, the data for March showed.  Continue reading US Inflation Highest in Year Even as Consumer Prices Drop in March

US Inflation Climbs Slower in February Yet Strengthens Year-Over-Year

Inflation in the United States climbed in line with expectations in February after exceeding projections in January, based on government figures released Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Clothing and auto insurance costs continued to rise by higher-than-typical amounts with respective 1.5% and 1.7% increases from 1.7% and 1.3% previously, but prices at the pump fell by almost 1% after jumping nearly 6% in January. Continue reading US Inflation Climbs Slower in February Yet Strengthens Year-Over-Year

US Inflation in January Tops Expectations with Broad Gains in Consumer Prices

Inflation in the United States exceeded projections in January as American consumers paid more for a broad range of goods and services, including gasoline, shelter, clothing, medical care, car insurance, personal care, and used cars and trucks, according to government figures released Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

In two unique standouts, clothing costs rose 1.7% for their biggest monthly increase since 1990 and auto insurance climbed 1.3% for its largest advance since 2001. In addition, higher gasoline prices were again in play following a reprieve in December. Continue reading US Inflation in January Tops Expectations with Broad Gains in Consumer Prices

US Inflation Grows 2.1% in 2017

U.S. inflation over the full year 2017 matched the pace in 2016, which registered as the quickest in five years, according to government figures published Friday, January 12, 2018.

Digging into the details for standouts, underlying or core consumer prices jumped in December to an almost one-year high. Overall, however, price increases tapered from the previous month with the help of cheaper gasoline. Continue reading US Inflation Grows 2.1% in 2017

Annual Inflation Rises 2.2% as Consumer Prices in November Climb 0.4%

Inflation in the United States ran quicker in November as Americans paid a lot more for energy, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

Energy costs accounted for about three-fourths of overall pricing gains, the report said, but U.S. consumers also paid more for things like shelter, transportation, and vehicles. Of note and on the flip side, clothing costs fell the most for a month since September 1998. Continue reading Annual Inflation Rises 2.2% as Consumer Prices in November Climb 0.4%

Annual Inflation Eases to 2%; Consumer Prices Inch Higher in October

U.S. inflation at the consumer level barely climbed in October after jumping in September by the most in eight-months, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Rising costs in healthcare and shelter were mostly offset by falling gasoline prices, the data showed. Prices at the pump had been boosted in earlier months by storm-related disruptions from hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Continue reading Annual Inflation Eases to 2%; Consumer Prices Inch Higher in October

US Inflation Rises 2.2% on Annual Basis as Gas Prices Surge in September

The cost of living in the United States increased the most in eight months in September and the annual rate of inflation climbed the highest since April, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Friday, October 13, 2017.

Taking away soaring gasoline prices, however, pricing gains overall were rather muted. They mostly eased from the previous month. Continue reading US Inflation Rises 2.2% on Annual Basis as Gas Prices Surge in September

US Inflation Remains Subdued in July

U.S. inflation at the consumer level rose slightly in July and the annual rate of inflation picked up modestly, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Friday, August 11, but gains were softer than expected.

Rising costs in food, medical care, clothing, housing and transportation were mostly offset by falling prices in other areas like energy and vehicles. Continue reading US Inflation Remains Subdued in July

US Inflation Decelerates as Consumer Prices Flatten in June

The cost of living in the United States was little changed in June, and the annual rate of inflation slowed, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Friday, July 14.

Cheaper gas, vehicles, and clothing offset cost increases in other areas like health care, transportation and shelter; while food prices leveled off after five straight increases. Continue reading US Inflation Decelerates as Consumer Prices Flatten in June