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The US Inflation Calculator measures the buying power of the dollar over time. To begin, just enter any two dates between 1913 and 2014, 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 15, 2014 to adjust for inflation and calculate the cumulative inflation rate through March 2014. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) and inflation for April 2014 is scheduled for release by the United States government on May 15, 2014. (See inflation rates since 2003.)

US Inflation at 1.4%, Consumer Prices Flat in July 2012

August 15, 2012 · Filed Under Inflation · 1 Comment 

US inflation tamed a bit more in July with consumer prices once again unchanged as Americans paid more for food and other items but less on energy. Overall, most US government tracked categories logged very small pricing movements.

Consumer prices were flat in July for a second straight month and the third time in four months, the US Labor Department reported Wednesday in Washington. Most economists were expecting at least a slight pick-up due to rising food prices. Read more

US Inflation Rate at 1.7%, Consumer Prices Flat in June 2012

July 17, 2012 · Filed Under Inflation · Comment 

Lower gasoline prices offset rising food, medical care and other costs, flattening consumer prices in June and keeping US Inflation at the same 12-month rate as reported by the government in May.

Consumer prices were unchanged in June after dropping 0.3 percent in the previous month, the US Labor Department said Tuesday morning. Americans got a break at the pump as gasoline prices were down for a third straight monthly decline. Read more

US Inflation Eases as Consumer Prices Fall Sharply in May 2012

June 14, 2012 · Filed Under Inflation · 1 Comment 

US inflation eased over the past year as consumers prices fell in May by the most in more than three years, the US government reported Thursday.

Thanks to sharply lower gasoline costs and leveled food prices, American consumers were able to better handle increases in items like clothing, transportation, shelter and medical care.

Consumer prices declined 0.3 percent in May after being flat in April, the US Labor Department reported. It was the first downturn since October and the biggest drop since December 2008. Read more

US Inflation at 2.3%, Consumer Prices Flat in April 2012

May 15, 2012 · Filed Under Inflation · Comment 

American consumers got a bit of a break in April as US inflation was flat for the month, the US government reported today in Washington.

Consumer prices were unchanged in April and for the first time since December, thanks to falling energy costs. The unchanged reading followed a 0.3% increase in the previous month when gasoline and other energy items were on the rise.

US Labor Department inflation data shows that gasoline prices dropped 2.6% last month compared to March and February increases of 1.7% and 6.0%, respectively. Read more

US Inflation Climbs 2.7% as Consumer Prices Rise 0.3% in March 2012

April 13, 2012 · Filed Under Inflation · Comment 

US inflation tamed just a bit in March and over the past twelve months as energy prices increased at a slower pace last month, the US government reported Friday in Washington. Still, the costs of food and most other goods and services went up last month to add further distress to the pocketbooks of many Americans.

Consumer prices advanced 0.3 percent in March after increasing of 0.4 percent in the previous month, US Labor Department inflation data revealed. Increases were again led by energy, followed by food.

Prices at the pump grew 1.7% last month, although that was significantly slower than the prior month’s 6.0 percent surge which had been the main driver to the biggest monthly increase in consumer prices since April 2011. Read more

US Inflation Rate Remains at 2.9%, but Consumer Prices Jump 0.4% in February 2012

March 16, 2012 · Filed Under Inflation · 4 Comments 

While the annual percentage rate remained unchanged, US inflation climbed sharply in February as soaring gasoline costs drove the biggest monthly increase in consumer prices since April 2011.

Consumer prices rose 0.4 percent in February after an increase of 0.2 percent in January, the US government reported today in Washington. The cost of food was actually flat last month, marking the first time food prices have not advanced since July 2010. But energy prices surged in February as prices at the pump jumped 6.0 percent. Read more

US Inflation Hits 2.9% on 12-Month Basis, Consumer Prices Climb 0.2% in January 2012

February 17, 2012 · Filed Under Inflation · 1 Comment 

US inflation ticked higher in January as Americans paid more at the pump for the first time in four months, government data released on Friday revealed. However, consumer prices dipped a bit over the past year as compared to the previous 12-months ending in December.

Consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in January, marking the biggest jump since September and coming on the heels of two straight flat monthly readings.

Food and energy costs are among the items that drove US inflation higher as both of the government-watched indexes advanced 0.2 percent in January. The increase for food actually matched the previous month. However, energy prices tumbled 1.3 percent in December and the change into January accounted for a more noticeable burden on the wallet. Advances occurred in other areas as well, the government noted. Read more

US Inflation at 3%, Consumer Prices Unchanged in December 2011

January 19, 2012 · Filed Under Inflation · Comment 

US inflation eased as consumer prices remained in check last month, the US government said Thursday in Washington. While Americans paid more for food, housing and transportation, cheaper energy costs offset the increases.

Consumer prices were flat in December for a second straight month following advances of 0.1, 0.3, and 0.4 percent in October, September, and August. Read more

US Inflation Lessens as Consumer Prices Remain Flat in November 2011

December 16, 2011 · Filed Under Inflation · Comment 

After surging earlier in 2011, US inflation has trended lower in recent months, inflation data released Friday by the US government highlights. Consumer prices were flat in November as food prices cooled and American’s paid less for gasoline which offset higher costs in other items like shelter, medical care, and clothing.

Consumer prices were unchanged in November on a seasonally adjusted basis after falling 0.1 percent in October. Increases of 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5 percent had been reported by the bureau for the respective months of September, August and July. Falling energy prices have been the major catalyst in recent inflation dips. Read more

US Inflation Slows as Consumer Prices Dip 0.1% in October 2011

November 16, 2011 · Filed Under Inflation · Comment 

Consumer prices retreated in October 2011 for the first time in four months as Americans paid less for gasoline, cars and other items. The decline trimmed the annual US inflation rate by four points from the previous 12-month reading which had marked the biggest increase in three years.

The US Labor Department on Wednesday said consumer prices fell 0.1 percent in October after rising 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5 percent in the respective months of September, August and July. Consumer prices last dipped on a monthly basis in June (by 0.2 percent) due to sharply lower energy costs. The catalyst for October’s decrease was markedly the same. Read more

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