According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for communication are 4.79% lower in 2022 versus 2016 (a $0.96 difference in value).
Between 2016 and 2022: Communication experienced an average inflation rate of -0.82% per year. In other words, communication costing $20 in the year 2016 would cost $19.04 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.36% during this same period, inflation for communication was significantly lower.
In the year 2016: Pricing changed by -1.21%, which is below the average yearly change for communication during the 2016-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2016 (1.26%), inflation for communication was lower.
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Communication, over time, for $20 beginning in 2016. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
|Year||USD Value||Inflation Rate|
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Communication: