United States Inflation Rate 1914-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The inflation rate in the United States was recorded at 0 percent in May of 2015. Inflation Rate in the United States averaged 3.32 percent from 1914 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 23.70 percent in June of 1920 and a record low of -15.80 percent in June of 1921. Inflation Rate in the United States is reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.00 -0.20 23.70 -15.80 1914 - 2015 percent Monthly
1982-1984=100, NSA
In the United States, unadjusted Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers is based on the prices of a market basket of: food (14 percent of total weight), energy (9.3 percent), commodities less food and energy commodities (19.4 percent) and services less energy services (57.3 percent). The last category is divided by: shelter (32.1 percent), medical care services (5.8 percent) and transportation services (5.5 percent). This page provides - United States Inflation Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Content for - United States Inflation Rate - was last refreshed on Thursday, July 2, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-04-17 01:30 PM Mar -0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
2015-05-22 01:30 PM Apr -0.2% -0.1% -0.1% 0.0%
2015-06-18 01:30 PM May 0.0% -0.2% 0.0% 0.0%
2015-07-17 01:30 PM Jun 0.0% 0.1%
2015-08-19 01:30 PM Jul 0.12%
2015-09-16 01:30 PM Aug 0.14%


US Inflation Rate Flat in May


Consumer prices in the US were unchanged year-on-year in May, following a 0.2 percent drop in April. Yet, the monthly index rose 0.4 percent, the biggest increase in more than two years.

Year-on-year, the energy index fell 16.3 percent over the last 12 months, with the gasoline index down 25.0 percent despite rising in May. The food index increased 1.6 percent over the last year, and the index for all items less food and energy rose 1.7 percent.

On a monthly basis, the gasoline index increased sharply in May, rising 10.4 percent and accounting for most of the seasonally adjusted all items increase. Other energy indexes were mixed, with the fuel oil index rising but the electricity index declining and the index for natural gas unchanged. The food index was unchanged for the second month in a row, as a decline in the food at home index offset an increase in the index for food away from home. 

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.1 percent in May, its smallest increase since December. The indexes for shelter, airline fares, and medical care all increased, as did the indexes for personal care, recreation, new vehicles, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco. In contrast, the indexes for apparel, for household furnishings and operations, and for used cars and trucks all declined in May.

BLS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
6/18/2015 1:39:14 PM


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US Inflation Rate Falls Further
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Published on 2015-05-22

US Inflation Rate Back to Negative Territory
Consumer prices in the United States fell 0.1 percent year-on-year in March after being flat in February due to lower energy cost. Yet, core inflation edged up to 1.8 percent.
Published on 2015-04-17

US Inflation Rate at 0% in February
US consumer prices were unchanged in the year to February 2015, after dropping 0.1 percent in January as decline in energy index was offset by a higher cost of food, shelter and medical care.
Published on 2015-03-24

US Inflation Rate Turns Negative
Consumer prices in the US dropped 0.1 percent year-on-year in January, the lowest rate since late 2009. On a monthly basis, prices went down 0.7 percent due to falling gasoline cost.
Published on 2015-02-26


United States Prices Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Inflation Rate 0.00 -0.20 23.70 -15.80 percent [+]
Inflation Rate Mom 0.40 0.10 1.80 -1.80 percent [+]
Consumer Price Index CPI 237.03 235.98 237.75 23.51 Index Points [+]
Core Inflation Rate 1.70 1.80 13.60 0.00 percent [+]
Core Consumer Prices 241.76 241.40 241.76 28.50 Index Points [+]
GDP Deflator 108.61 108.64 108.64 13.49 Index Points [+]
Producer Prices 109.90 109.30 111.40 100.20 Index Points [+]
Producer Prices Change -1.10 -1.30 19.57 -6.86 percent [+]
Export Prices 125.80 125.10 135.30 82.40 Index Points [+]
Import Prices 126.60 125.00 147.50 75.00 Index Points [+]
Food Inflation 1.60 2.00 36.70 -34.30 percent [+]
Core Pce Price Index 108.78 108.59 108.78 17.59 Index Points [+]
Pce Price Index 109.03 108.69 109.20 17.12 Index Points [+]


Inflation Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 1.30 Mar/15 1.70 23.90 -1.30 percent [+]
Brazil 8.47 May/15 8.17 6821.31 1.65 percent [+]
Canada 0.90 May/15 0.80 21.60 -17.80 percent [+]
China 1.20 May/15 1.50 28.40 -2.20 percent [+]
Euro Area 0.20 Jun/15 0.30 5.00 -0.70 percent [+]
France 0.30 May/15 0.10 18.80 -0.70 percent [+]
Germany 0.30 Jun/15 0.70 11.54 -7.62 percent [+]
India 5.01 May/15 4.87 11.16 4.38 percent [+]
Indonesia 7.26 Jun/15 7.15 82.40 -1.17 percent [+]
Italy 0.10 Jun/15 0.10 25.64 -0.60 percent [+]
Japan 0.50 May/15 0.60 25.00 -2.52 percent [+]
Mexico 2.88 May/15 3.06 179.73 2.88 percent [+]
Netherlands 1.10 May/15 0.60 11.19 -1.30 percent [+]
Russia 15.80 May/15 16.40 2333.30 3.60 percent [+]
South Korea 0.70 Jun/15 0.50 32.50 0.20 percent [+]
Spain 0.10 Jun/15 -0.20 28.43 -1.37 percent [+]
Switzerland -1.20 May/15 -1.10 11.92 -1.37 percent [+]
Turkey 8.09 May/15 7.91 138.71 -4.01 percent [+]
United Kingdom 0.10 May/15 -0.10 8.50 -0.10 percent [+]
United States 0.00 May/15 -0.20 23.70 -15.80 percent [+]