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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