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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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*Learn how this calculator works. This US Inflation Calculator uses the latest US government CPI data published on August 19, 2014 to adjust for inflation and calculate the cumulative inflation rate through July 2014. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) and inflation for August 2014 is scheduled for release by the United States government on September 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

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

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. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading