The consumer price index (CPI) in 1979 was 72.6. 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 3.21% per year. Prices in 2018 are 243.0% higher than prices in 1979.
In other words, $1 in the year 1979 is equivalent in purchasing power to $3.43 in 2018, a difference of $2.43 over 39 years.
|Cumulative price change||243.00%|
|Average inflation rate||3.21%|
|Price difference ($1 base)||$2.43|
|CPI in 1979||72.6|
|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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