Average Annual Inflation Rates

The chart and table of averages for rates of inflation in the United States displays yearly results from 2012-2022. This information is made available by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and it is published every month in the Consumer Price Index. The chart and table were last updated Nov. 10 with BLS data for October. The next update is scheduled for Dec. 13, which will offer the eleventh (November) reading for 2022.

Generally, more interest — at least what you hear or read from news media — is directed toward current inflation rates instead of these average rates.

 

Table: Average Annual U.S. Inflation Rates

Year CPI (Annual Average) Inflation Rate (Annual Average)
2022* 298.012 7.7%
2021 270.970 4.7%
2020 258.811 1.2%
2019 255.657 1.8%
2018 251.107 2.4%
2017 245.120 2.1%
2016 240.007 1.3%
2015 237.017 0.1%
2014 236.736 1.6%
2013 232.957 1.5%
2012 229.594 2.1%

*For 2022, the most recent monthly inflation data (12-month based) is displayed.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: All items in U.S. city average, all urban consumers, not seasonally adjusted.