Consumer Price Index (CPI) Release Dates

Note: The Bureau of Labor Statistics "embargoes" the release of Consumer Price Index Inflation Data. In other words, they keep it secret until a specified date so no one will have an unfair advantage by getting the Consumer Price information early.

The table below shows the dates the Consumer Price Index information will be released each month. Note that information is compiled for the previous month i.e. data released mid-February is for the year ending in January.

The CPI is used to calculate the Annual Inflation Rate and the monthly inflation rate. At the same time the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also releases other data including the Core Inflation Rate (which excludes the volatile components of food and energy).

 

Reference Month CPI Release Date
January 2015 February 26, 2015
February 2015 March 24, 2015
March 2015 April 17, 2015
April 2015 May 22, 2015
May 2015 June 18, 2015
June 2015 July 17, 2015
July 2015 August 19, 2015
August 2015 September 16, 2015
September 2015 October 15, 2015
October 2015 November 17, 2015
November 2015 December 15, 2015
December 2015 January 20, 2016
January 2016 February 19, 2016
February 2016 March 16, 2016
March 2016 April 14, 2016
April 2016 May 17, 2016
May 2016 June 16, 2016
June 2016 July 15, 2016
July 2016 August 16, 2016
August 2016 September 16, 2016
September 2016 October 18, 2016
October 2016 November 17, 2016
November 2016 December 15, 2016
December 2016 January 2017

Using the inflation information combined with the Unemployment rate data which is generally released during the first week of the month you can calculate the U.S. Misery Index which is used to estimate the overall health of the economy since a high unemployment rate combined with a high inflation rate can make life quite miserable.  If you wish to use the CPI to calculate the inflation rate the easiest way is to simply plug the dates into our inflation calculator

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