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|
|December 2019||January 14, 2020|
|January 2020||February 13, 2020|
|February 2020||March 11, 2020|
|March 2020||April 10, 2020|
|April 2020||May 12, 2020|
|May 2020||June 10, 2020|
|June 2020||July 14, 2020|
|July 2020||August 12, 2020|
|August 2020||September 11, 2020|
|September 2020||October 13, 2020|
|October 2020||November 12, 2020|
|November 2020||December 10, 2020|
|December 2020||January 2021|
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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