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

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 2009-2017 ($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, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.65% per year. Prices in 2017 are 14.0% higher than prices in 2009.

In other words, $1 in the year 2009 is equivalent to $1.14 in 2017, a difference of $0.14 over 8 years.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.99%1. If this number holds, $1 today will be equivalent to $1.02 next year.

Inflation from 2009 to 2017
Cumulative price change 14.00%
Average inflation rate 1.65%
Price difference ($1 base) $0.14
CPI in 2009 214.537
CPI in 2017 244.786


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 2009

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 2009 * 2009 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 214.537 in the year 2009 and 244.786 in 2017:

244.786 / 214.537 * $1 = $1.14

The "purchasing power" of $1 from 2009 is $1.14 in 2017.


News headlines from 2009

Politics and news often play an important role in economic performance.

  • 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: 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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