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The CPI chart on the home page shows our inflation forecast for today as if it were calculated in the same way as it was in 1990. The CPI on the Optional Data Series tab here shows the CPI as if it were calculated using the methodology. 1980. In general terms, as methodological changes in government reporting have reduced reported inflation, the concept of the CPI has been moved away from a measure of the cost of living needed to maintain a standard of living.

Our next definition. given in CPI terminology. Further background on the SGS-optional CPI series is available in our Public Comment on Inflation Measurement.

cpi data series (Subscription required.) opinion download excel csv file Last Updated: June 10, 2021

The CPI-U (Consumer Price Index) is a comprehensive measure of consumer price inflation for goods and services published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

While the headline number is usually a seasonally adjusted month-to-month change, the formal CPI is reported on a non-seasonally-adjusted basis, with annual inflation as a year-over-year percentage change in the price index. Is measured.

In the chart on the right we show two SGS-alternative CPI estimates: one based on the pre-1990 official methodology for calculating the CPI-U and the other based on the methodology employed before 1980.

PLEASE NOTE: Our data download is currently only providing 1980-based numbers, but 1990-based numbers will be introduced shortly.

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Reprint of our charts: Permissions, restrictions and instructions (Critical requirements to be successful include hot add)

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