The consumer price index (CPI) in 1938 was 14.1. the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses this CPI value to track inflation on a monthly basis.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.65% per year. Prices in 2018 are 1666.0% higher than prices in 1938.
In other words, $1 in the year 1938 is equivalent in purchasing power to $17.66 in 2018, a difference of $16.66 over 80 years.
|Cumulative price change||1666.00%|
|Average inflation rate||3.65%|
|Price difference ($1 base)||$16.66|
|CPI in 1938||14.1|
|CPI in 2018||248.991|
Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:
Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 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.
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