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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 August 19, 2015 to adjust for inflation and calculate the cumulative inflation rate through July 2015. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) and inflation for August 2015 is scheduled for release by the United States government on September 16, 2015. (See a chart of recent inflation rates.)


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%

US Inflation Jumps in June 2013, Annual Inflation Rate Hits 1.8%

US inflation in June jumped by the biggest amount in four months as American consumers forked over more cash to buy groceries and gas, a government report showed on Tuesday.

It wasn’t just food and prices at the pump causing more pain to the pocket book. Prices for cloths, shelter, medical care and new cars also advanced. Continue reading US Inflation Jumps in June 2013, Annual Inflation Rate Hits 1.8%

US Inflation Falls for Second Month in April 2013

Falling gasoline prices in April drove US inflation lower for a second straight month, the US government reported Thursday in Washington.

Consumer prices settled 0.4% lower in April after declining 0.2% in March. The turnaround has been abrupt given the sharp 0.7% jump in February which went down in the books as the biggest increase since June 2009. Continue reading US Inflation Falls for Second Month in April 2013

US Inflation Eases as Consumer Prices Retreat in March 2013

US inflation over the past 12 months eased as consumer prices in March retreated for the first time in four months, government data released Tuesday shows.

Cheaper gasoline and clothing brought some relief to American consumers, keeping inflation mostly in check. Prices at the pump dropped 4.4% last month compared to the 9.1% increase in the prior month. Continue reading US Inflation Eases as Consumer Prices Retreat in March 2013

US Inflation Spikes as Consumer Prices Jump in February 2013

The American cost of living surged in February by the biggest amount in nearly four years, new inflation data from the US government shows.

Soaring gasoline prices, as expected, led increases. Consumers paid 9.1% more at the pump last month and that accounted for almost 75% of the gain in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the government’s key measure of US Inflation. Continue reading US Inflation Spikes as Consumer Prices Jump in February 2013