Consumer Price Index - Historical Rates
Description: The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines the Consumer Price Index as a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a a market basket of consumer goods and services.
The Consumer Price Index measures the rates of change in prices, not the level of prices. For example, if the base price of a good is $1.25 and the current price is $1.44 the CPI for this period would be 152 ((1.44 - 1.25)/1.25). An important point to remember when evaluating the CPI is that it excludes investment items (i.e., stocks, bonds, real estate, etc). The primary categories it measures are:
Download the historical CPI table to use in your own analysis of inflation. The table includes all historic CPI rates available: 1913 to Current.
Where we got the data for the historic CPI table
Frequently asked questions on the CPI
Schedule of releases for the CPI rates
CPI as explained by Wikipedia
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