U.S. inflation rate in 2009: -0.36%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 2009-2018 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 2009 was 214.537. 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 1.66% per year. Prices in 2018 are 16.0% higher than prices in 2009.

In other words, $1 in the year 2009 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1.16 in 2018, a difference of $0.16 over 9 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 2009 to 2018
Cumulative price change 16.00%
Average inflation rate 1.66%
Price difference ($1 base) $0.16
CPI in 2009 214.537
CPI in 2018 248.991

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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1 since 2009

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2009 * 2009 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 214.537 in the year 2009 and 248.991 in 2018:

248.991 / 214.537 * $1 = $1.16

$1 in 2009 has the same "purchasing power" as $1.16 in 2018.

News headlines from 2009

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

  • Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States.
  • An arrest warrant is issued for Omar Hassan al-Bashir, Sudanese President, by International Criminal Court, for war crimes and crimes against humanity. This is the first time a sitting head of state was indicted.
  • Chrysler, an automotive company, files for bankruptcy.

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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