The US Inflation Calculator measures the buying power of the dollar over time. Just enter any two dates between 1913 and 2016, 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 August 16, 2016 to adjust for inflation and calculate the cumulative inflation rate through July 2016. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) and inflation for August 2016 is scheduled for release by the United States government on September 16, 2016. (See a chart of recent inflation rates.)


US Inflation in September Falls; Annual Inflation Rate Flat

US inflation fell for a second straight month in September as American consumers once again paid more for food but a lot less for gas. Overall costs of goods and services fell by the most in eight months, driving the annual inflation rate to zero, according to a government report released Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Continue reading US Inflation in September Falls; Annual Inflation Rate Flat

US Inflation in July Edges Up 0.1%; Annual Inflation Rate at 0.2%

US inflation rose for a sixth straight month in July but at a markedly slower pace than in June and May, according to government data released on Wednesday, August 19.

American consumers spent less on vehicles, transportation and some energy items like fuel oil and electricity but they continued to pay more for food, gasoline and housing. In addition, clothing and healthcare costs went up. Continue reading US Inflation in July Edges Up 0.1%; Annual Inflation Rate at 0.2%

US Inflation in June Gains; Annual Inflation Rate Hits 0.1%

US inflation in June climbed for a fifth month in a row, and sharply for a second straight month, as American consumers paid more for a broad range of goods to include gasoline, food and housing.

The increases drove the annual rate of inflation into positive territory for the first time in 2015, according to government data released on Friday, July 17. Continue reading US Inflation in June Gains; Annual Inflation Rate Hits 0.1%

US Inflation in May Jumps; Annual Inflation Rate Flat

The cost of living in the United States jumped in May by the most in more than two years as prices at the pump surged by the biggest amount in nearly six years, according to government data released on Thursday, June 18.

Inflation over the past year, however, was unchanged and that was after falling for the steepest decline in 5-1/2 years through the 12 months ended April. Continue reading US Inflation in May Jumps; Annual Inflation Rate Flat

US Inflation in April Rises; Annual Inflation Rate Slides

United States inflation in April climbed for a third month in a row as American consumers caught some pricing breaks in clothing, energy and food but paid more for homes and rent, healthcare, transportation and vehicles.

In a tale of opposites, according to government data released Friday, May 22, annual inflation declined by the biggest amount in 5-1/2 years while core consumer prices posted their biggest monthly increase in over 2 years. Continue reading US Inflation in April Rises; Annual Inflation Rate Slides

US Inflation in February Climbs; Annual Rate Flattens

The cost of living in the United States climbed in February for the first time in four months. Increases in areas like housing, energy, and food lifted overall inflation more than expected, new figures from the government show.

Reversing from a decline, inflation over the past year was unchanged after falling in January for the first time in over five years. Continue reading US Inflation in February Climbs; Annual Rate Flattens

US Inflation in January Falls, Annual Inflation Rate at -0.1%

Inflation fell in January for a third straight month as American consumers continued to spend less on gas, food prices flattened and as costs retreated for new vehicles, used cars and trucks, household furnishings and operations, airline fares, alcohol and tobacco.

And on an annual basis, according to the government, US inflation turned negative for the first time since 2009. Continue reading US Inflation in January Falls, Annual Inflation Rate at -0.1%

Annual US Inflation in 2014 Rises 0.8%

US consumer prices in December dropped the most for a month in six years as energy costs plummeted, according to government figures released Friday, and inflation in 2014 was the second weakest for a calendar year in the last five decades.

Consumer price fell 0.4% in December, the largest decline since December 2008, after sliding 0.3% in November, according to the US Labor Department and its monthly report on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Continue reading Annual US Inflation in 2014 Rises 0.8%