According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for moving, storage, freight expense were 4.39% higher in 2019 versus 2018 (a $8.78 difference in value).

**Between 2018 and 2019:** Moving expenses experienced an average inflation rate of 4.39% per year.
This rate of change indicates significant inflation.
In other words, moving expenses costing $200 in the year 2018 would cost $208.78 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase.
Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.81% during this same period, inflation for moving expenses was
higher.

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for *Moving, storage, freight expense*:

Year |
2018 | 2019 |

CPI |
166.249 | 173.543 |

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Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Moving expenses, over time, for $200 beginning in 2018. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year | USD Value | Inflation Rate |
---|---|---|

2018 | $200.00 | - |

2019 | $208.78 | 4.39%* |

CPI in 2019 / CPI in 2018 * 2018 USD value = 2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Moving, storage, freight expense was 166.249 in the year 2018 and 173.543 in 2019:

173.543 / 166.249 * $200 =

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $200 in 2018 has the same "purchasing power" as $208.78 in 2019 (in the CPI category of Moving, storage, freight expense).