CPI (Inflation)

Consumer Price Index and Profile

Annual CPI

2017 2018 2019 2020
All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) 1.4% 1.6% 1.5% 0.9%
Urban Wage Earners & Clerical Workers (CPI-W) 1.4% 1.9% 1.4% 0.9%
     *based on December 1996 dollars

Source: USDC, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017-2020

Current CPI

12-Month Percent Change

Index

All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)

3.2%

157.528

Urban Wage Earners & Clerical Workers (CPI-W)

3.6%

157.324

     *based on December 1996 dollars

Source: USDC, Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 2021

All of the data above is for B/C Size Class cities (population of 50,000-1,500,000) located in the Midwest Region. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change in prices over time in a market basket of goods and services. It is a good indicator of consumer inflation rates and in terms of salary adjustments it is often referred to as “the cost of living increase.”

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Inflation Calculator

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