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 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 18, 2017|
|January 2017||February 15, 2017|
|February 2017||March 15, 2017|
|March 2017||April 14, 2017|
|April 2017||May 12, 2017|
|May 2017||June 14, 2017|
|June 2017||July 14, 2017|
|July 2017||August 14, 2017|
|August 2017||September 14, 2017|
|September 2017||October 13, 2017|
|October 2017||November 15, 2017|
|November 2017||December 13, 2017|
|December 2017||January 2018|
|January 2018||February 2018|
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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