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The US Inflation Calculator measures the buying power of the dollar over time. Just enter any two dates between 1913 and 2015, an amount, and click 'Calculate'.

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*Learn how this calculator works. This US Inflation Calculator uses the latest US government CPI data published on March 24, 2015 to adjust for inflation and calculate the cumulative inflation rate through February 2015. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) and inflation for March 2015 is scheduled for release by the United States government on April 17, 2015. (See a chart of recent inflation rates.)


US Inflation in April Jumps, Annual Inflation Rate at 2%

US inflation in April advanced the most in nearly a year as Americans paid more for a wide range of goods and services, the latest report from the government on consumer prices shows.

Costs continued to climb for food and shelter, and picked up again for gas and other energy categories after three straight months of some relief. Continue reading US Inflation in April Jumps, Annual Inflation Rate at 2%

US Inflation Up in March on Food, Rent Costs; Inflation Rate at 1.5%

Inflation in the United States pushed up in March as higher costs in food and shelter offset lower energy prices, newly released Consumer Price Index (CPI) data from the US government shows.

Most Americans are now very familiar with conditions common to this year, having to pay much more at grocery stores while enjoying some reprieve in prices at the pump. The latter condition is likely to change with summer approaching. Continue reading US Inflation Up in March on Food, Rent Costs; Inflation Rate at 1.5%

US Inflation in February 2014 Rises 0.1%, Inflation Rate at 1.1%

US inflation inched up in February as American consumers felt the pinch at grocery stores but caught a break when paying gasoline and electricity bills, according to the latest US government figures released on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Food prices marched at the quickest pace in 2 1/2 years with gains in meats, poultry, fish and eggs the biggest drivers. Continue reading US Inflation in February 2014 Rises 0.1%, Inflation Rate at 1.1%

US Inflation in January 2014 Ticks Up, Annual Inflation Rate at 1.6%

US inflation climbed at a slower pace in January, by an amount considered tame through the eyes of economists.

More noticeable is the rate of inflation over the past 12 months, an increase many Americans can perhaps better associate with as they are reminded of higher costs in energy, food, shelter and medical care. Continue reading US Inflation in January 2014 Ticks Up, Annual Inflation Rate at 1.6%

US Annual Inflation in 2013 Increases 1.5%

The cost of living in the United States jumped the most in six months in December as prices at the pump picked up, though annual inflation in 2013 climbed by the smallest amount in three years, data released by the US Labor Department shows.

US inflation accelerated 1.5% in 2013, marking the lowest reading for a calendar year since 2010’s matching 1.5% increase. In between the two years Continue reading US Annual Inflation in 2013 Increases 1.5%

US Inflation Unchanged in November 2013, Annual Inflation Rate Rises

US inflation was unchanged in November from a month earlier as lower gasoline and natural gas prices offset what American’s had to pay for pricier items like food, shelter and transportation, this according to consumer price data published Tuesday by the government.

Annual inflation did bounce higher from the last reading, though that one went down as the smallest 12-month increase in four years. The bottom line, US inflation remains tame from the standpoint of economists and well under the Fed’s target. Continue reading US Inflation Unchanged in November 2013, Annual Inflation Rate Rises

US Inflation in October 2013 Retreats, 12-Month Inflation Rate Eases

The American cost of living decreased in October for the first time in six months and the annual inflation rate was the lowest in four years, the US government reported Wednesday in Washington.

Annual inflation eased and consumer prices retreated last month as sharply lower gasoline prices offset higher prices in food, transportation, used vehicles and the cost to rent and own homes Continue reading US Inflation in October 2013 Retreats, 12-Month Inflation Rate Eases

US Inflation Up 0.2% in September 2013, Annual Inflation Rate at 1.2%

Inflation ticked a bit higher in September as American consumers paid more for energy related items, like gasoline and electricity, and they spent more for shelter, medical care and new vehicles.

A break from higher food prices did help to contain costs, according to the latest report on consumer prices from the US Labor Department. Overall, food prices stayed about the same last month after having climbed for three straight months. Continue reading US Inflation Up 0.2% in September 2013, Annual Inflation Rate at 1.2%

US Inflation Edges Up in August 2013, Inflation Rate at 1.5%

Inflation rose modestly in August with Americans paying less at the pump and as the overall cost of energy dropped for the first time since April, inflation figures from the United States government showed today in Washington.

Conversely, prices did rise sharply for medical care and they continued to gain in major items like food, clothing and shelter. Continue reading US Inflation Edges Up in August 2013, Inflation Rate at 1.5%