According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for energy commodities were 18.72% lower in 2020 versus 2018 (a $3.74 difference in value).
Between 2018 and 2020: Energy commodities experienced an average inflation rate of -9.84% per year. This rate of change indicates significant deflation. In other words, energy commodities costing $20 in the year 2018 would cost $16.26 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.28% during this same period, inflation for energy commodities was significantly lower.
In the year 2018: Pricing changed by 13.84%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for energy commodities during the 2018-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2018 (2.44%), inflation for energy commodities was much 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 2018. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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