U.S. inflation rate in 2012: 2.07%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 2012-2017 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 2012 was 229.594. 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 1.36% per year. Prices in 2017 are 7.0% higher than prices in 2012.

In other words, $1 in the year 2012 is equivalent to $1.07 in 2017, a difference of $0.07 over 5 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 2012 to 2017
Cumulative price change 7.00%
Average inflation rate 1.36%
Price difference ($1 base) $0.07
CPI in 2012 229.594
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1 since 2012

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 2012 * 2012 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 229.594 in the year 2012 and 244.786 in 2017:

244.786 / 229.594 * $1 = $1.07

The "purchasing power" of $1 from 2012 is $1.07 in 2017.


News headlines from 2012

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

  • Wikileaks discloses 5 million emails from Stratfor, a private intelligence company.
  • Kim Jong-un is officially appointed as Supreme Leader of North Korea.
  • Ecuador guarantees political asylum to Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks.

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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