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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 2014, an amount, and click 'Calculate'.

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    then in (enter year*)
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*Learn how this calculator works. This US Inflation Calculator uses the latest US government CPI data published on November 20, 2014 to adjust for inflation and calculate the cumulative inflation rate through October 2014. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) and inflation for November 2014 is scheduled for release by the United States government on December 17, 2014. (See inflation rates since 2003.)

US Inflation Subdued as Consumer Prices Drop in November 2012

US inflation declined in November for the first time in six months as sharply lower gasoline prices offered American consumers some relief, newly released data from the US government shows.

Consumer prices fell 0.3 percent in November after rising 0.1 percent in the previous month. Economists expected an easing but pegged the likely number at minus 0.2 percent. The first decline since May was mostly attributed to a 7.4 percent drop in prices at the pump, Continue reading

US Inflation Rises as Gasoline Lifts Consumer Prices in September 2012

US inflation advanced in September for a second month as higher energy costs again lifted consumer prices, newly released data from the US government shows.

Consumer prices climbed 0.6 percent in September, matching the level in August that had registered as the biggest advance since mid-2009. Gains were led by higher fuel with the month’s sharpest increase of 7% tagged to gasoline prices. They are 6.8% higher than a year ago. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

US Inflation Eases as Consumer Prices Fall Sharply in May 2012

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. Continue reading