Commodities less food, energy, and used cars and trucks priced at $20 in 1991 $22.64 in 2021

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Prices for Commodities Less Food, Energy, And Used Cars And Trucks, 1991-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for commodities less food, energy, and used cars and trucks were 13.18% higher in 2021 versus 1991 (a $2.64 difference in value).

Between 1991 and 2021: Commodities less food, energy, and used cars and trucks experienced an average inflation rate of 0.41% per year. In other words, commodities less food, energy, and used cars and trucks costing $20 in the year 1991 would cost $22.64 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.25% during this same period, inflation for commodities less food, energy, and used cars and trucks was lower.

In the year 1991: Pricing changed by 4.32%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for commodities less food, energy, and used cars and trucks during the 1991-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1991 (4.23%), inflation for commodities less food, energy, and used cars and trucks was higher.

Price Inflation for Commodities less food, energy, and used cars and trucks since 1967

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (10%), 1975 (8.80%), and 1979 (8.44%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Commodities less food, energy, and used cars and trucks:

Year 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
CPI 42.777 44.392 46.469 48.631 50.508 51.754 53.100 57.262 62.300 65.108 68.308 72.500 78.615 86.477 91.892 96.485 100.585 102.931 105.946 108.631 112.215 116.115 120.062 124.500 129.877 133.523 135.885 137.500 139.000 141.062 142.500 143.354 144.285 144.777 144.977 143.862 141.600 141.023 141.169 141.523 141.251 141.633 144.246 144.357 145.841 147.742 147.730 147.255 146.679 146.259 145.751 145.346 145.502 145.063 146.989

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Buying power of $20 since 1991

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Commodities less food, energy, and used cars and trucks, over time, for $20 beginning in 1991. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1991 $20.00 4.32%
1992 $20.56 2.81%
1993 $20.93 1.77%
1994 $21.17 1.19%
1995 $21.40 1.09%
1996 $21.72 1.48%
1997 $21.94 1.02%
1998 $22.08 0.60%
1999 $22.22 0.65%
2000 $22.29 0.34%
2001 $22.33 0.14%
2002 $22.15 -0.77%
2003 $21.81 -1.57%
2004 $21.72 -0.41%
2005 $21.74 0.10%
2006 $21.79 0.25%
2007 $21.75 -0.19%
2008 $21.81 0.27%
2009 $22.21 1.85%
2010 $22.23 0.08%
2011 $22.46 1.03%
2012 $22.75 1.30%
2013 $22.75 -0.01%
2014 $22.68 -0.32%
2015 $22.59 -0.39%
2016 $22.52 -0.29%
2017 $22.44 -0.35%
2018 $22.38 -0.28%
2019 $22.41 0.11%
2020 $22.34 -0.30%
2021 $22.64 1.33%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for commodities less food, energy, and used cars and trucks, 1991-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1991 * 1991 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Commodities less food, energy, and used cars and trucks was 129.877 in the year 1991 and 146.989 in 2021:

146.989 / 129.877 * $20 = $22.64

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1991 has the same "purchasing power" as $22.64 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Commodities less food, energy, and used cars and trucks).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Commodities less food, energy, and used cars and trucks in 1967. In addition to commodities less food, energy, and used cars and trucks, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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