According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for energy commodities were 36.67% lower in 2020 versus 2012 (a $7.33 difference in value).
Between 2012 and 2020: Energy commodities experienced an average inflation rate of -5.55% per year. This rate of change indicates significant deflation. In other words, energy commodities costing $20 in the year 2012 would cost $12.67 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.49% during this same period, inflation for energy commodities was significantly lower.
In the year 2012: Pricing changed by 3.12%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for energy commodities during the 2012-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2012 (2.07%), inflation for energy commodities was higher.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Energy commodities:
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Energy commodities, over time, for $20 beginning in 2012. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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