According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.09% per year. Prices in 2017 are 42.2% higher than prices in 2000.
In other words, $100 in the year 2000 is equivalent to $142.15 in 2017, a difference of $42.15 over 17 years.
Politics and news often play an important role in economic performance.
Inflation Data Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics' annual Consumer Price Index (CPI), established in 1913. Inflation data from 1665 to 1912 is sourced from a historical study conducted by political science professor Robert Sahr at Oregon State University.