This US Inflation Calculator measures the buying power of the dollar over time. To use it, just enter any two dates from 1913 to 2021, an amount, and then click 'Calculate'.

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Learn how this calculator works. The US Inflation Calculator uses the latest US government CPI data published on October 13, 2021 to adjust for inflation and calculate the cumulative inflation rate through September 2021. The U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the Consumer Price Index (CPI) with inflation data for October on November 10, 2021. (See a chart of recent inflation rates.)


U.S. Inflation Resumes Quicker Pace in September

The pace of inflation accelerated in September as Americans paid more for food, rent, new vehicles and other items, government data released Wednesday, Oct. 13, shows.

Energy price increases tapered a tad over the month and from a year ago compared to the levels reported in August, but prices overall for food jumped by all measures. Continue reading U.S. Inflation Resumes Quicker Pace in September

Annual U.S. Inflation Cools Slightly; Consumer Price Gains Ease in August

Inflation in the United States eased a bit with gains in consumer prices slowing some in August, according to government data released Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Although underlying inflation pressures softened somewhat last month, Americans continued to pay significantly more for food and energy as compared to a year earlier. Continue reading Annual U.S. Inflation Cools Slightly; Consumer Price Gains Ease in August

U.S. Consumer Price Gains Slow in July; Annual Inflation Remains Near 13-Year High

Americans paid less for goods and services in July versus June but inflation remained near a 13-year high on an annual basis, according to government data released Wednesday, August 11.

The pace of pricing increases rose virtually across the board from a year ago. Compared to the inflation report released a month earlier, annual levels eased just a tad for energy while prices ticked a percent higher for food. Continue reading U.S. Consumer Price Gains Slow in July; Annual Inflation Remains Near 13-Year High

Annual Inflation and Consumer Prices in June Rise Most Since 2008

For a second straight instance, the annual pace of United States inflation ran the quickest in nearly 13 years, according to government data released Tuesday, July 13.

Food and energy prices maintained higher-than-desired increases from a month and a year earlier. Annual core inflation, which discounts both, posted its highest rate since late 1991. And again, used car and truck prices showed drastic gains.

The question still remains on whether the pick-up in inflation is transitory due to circumstances related to the pandemic. Continue reading Annual Inflation and Consumer Prices in June Rise Most Since 2008

U.S. Inflation Hottest Annually Since August 2008; Consumer Prices in May Rise Strongly

The cost of living in the United States jumped again in May, boosting the annual rate of inflation to an almost 13-year high, according to a government report released Thursday, June 10.

Inflation pressures increased across a broad range of goods and services last month — markedly strongly for a second straight month for used car and truck prices, although food and energy prices saw little to no change.

Longer term as compared to a year earlier, prices for food and energy continued to be robust. Core inflation, which discounts the pair, marked its highest annual rate in nearly three decades. The question remains unanswered on whether the spike in inflation is transitory due to the pandemic. Continue reading U.S. Inflation Hottest Annually Since August 2008; Consumer Prices in May Rise Strongly

Inflation Marks Quickest Pace Since 2008; Consumer Prices Surge in April

U.S. consumer prices surged in April and inflation over the past 12 months marched at the quickest pace in nearly 12 years, according to a government report released Wednesday, May 12.

American consumers paid more for a broad range of goods and services last month, highlighted by used car and truck prices which soared 10%. In a bit of a relief, the cost of energy retreated. Compared to a year ago when parts of the U.S. economy were in the earlier stages of pandemic-caused shutdowns, pricing hikes look more striking. Gasoline prices jumped nearly 50% year-over-year. Continue reading Inflation Marks Quickest Pace Since 2008; Consumer Prices Surge in April

U.S. Inflation Hits 2 1/2-Year High; Consumer Prices in March Log Biggest Gain in 8 1/2 Years

U.S. inflation over the past year registered at a more than two-and-a-half-year high and consumer prices in March posted their biggest increase in more than eight and a half years, according to a government report released Tuesday, April 13.

Energy prices compared to a year ago increased for a second time following 11 consecutive declines. The over 13% surge is obviously significant. Then again, year-over-year pricing changes for many items, like energy, is somewhat skewed as consumer spending was impacted significantly in March 2020 due to the pandemic and resulting shutdowns. Continue reading U.S. Inflation Hits 2 1/2-Year High; Consumer Prices in March Log Biggest Gain in 8 1/2 Years

U.S. Consumer Prices Climb in February; Inflation Excluding Energy Tame

Inflation in the United States would have been exceptionally tame in February had it not been been for surging gasoline prices, according to a government report released Wednesday, March 10, as underlying inflation pressures remained weak.

Annual inflation increased the most since a year ago, driven up by energy which had previously logged 11 straight annual pricing declines. Energy and food prices increased together year-over-year for the first time since February 2020. Continue reading U.S. Consumer Prices Climb in February; Inflation Excluding Energy Tame

Annual U.S. Inflation Steady at 1.4%; Consumer Prices in January Highest in 5 Months

U.S. consumer inflation rose the most in five months, but was nevertheless mostly tame in January, according to a government report released Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Inflation over the past year read pretty much the same as the period ending in December with food prices higher and energy prices lower. Continue reading Annual U.S. Inflation Steady at 1.4%; Consumer Prices in January Highest in 5 Months

U.S. Inflation Rises 1.4% in 2020, Marking Slowest Yearly Rate Since 2015

United States inflation ticked higher in December but for 2020 it still ran at its slowest pace for a calendar year since 2015, according to a government report released Wednesday, Jan. 13. The monthly level was driven up largely by higher gas prices.

As for the year overall, energy prices fell sharply, including those for gasoline and fuel oil, while the cost of food increased significantly. Continue reading U.S. Inflation Rises 1.4% in 2020, Marking Slowest Yearly Rate Since 2015