U.S. inflation rate in 2008: 3.84%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 2008-2018 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 2008 was 215.303. 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 1.50% per year. Prices in 2018 are 16.0% higher than prices in 2008.

In other words, $1 in the year 2008 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1.16 in 2018, a difference of $0.16 over 10 years.

The current inflation rate in 2018 is 1.72%1. If this number holds, $1 today will be equivalent to $1.02 next year.

Inflation from 2008 to 2018
Cumulative price change 16.00%
Average inflation rate 1.50%
Price difference ($1 base) $0.16
CPI in 2008 215.303
CPI in 2018 248.991


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


Inflation rates for specific categories

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Inflation-adjusted measures

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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1 since 2008

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2008 * 2008 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 215.303 in the year 2008 and 248.991 in 2018:

248.991 / 215.303 * $1 = $1.16

$1 in 2008 has the same "purchasing power" as $1.16 in 2018.


News headlines from 2008

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

  • Black Monday: stock markets crash all over the globe, resulting in enormous drops in global stock markets and halts in trading.
  • Fidel Castro retires as Cuban President due to ill health, after nearly 50 years in power.
  • Barak Obama becomes the first African American to receive the presidential nomination of his party.

Inflation Data Source

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (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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