The consumer price index (CPI) in 1996 was 156.9. 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 2.13% per year. Prices in 2018 are 59.0% higher than prices in 1996.
In other words, $1 in the year 1996 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1.59 in 2018, a difference of $0.59 over 22 years.
|Cumulative price change||59.00%|
|Average inflation rate||2.13%|
|Price difference ($1 base)||$0.59|
|CPI in 1996||156.9|
|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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