Education and communication commodities priced at $20 in 2009 $15.13 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Education and communication commodities

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Prices for Education And Communication Commodities, 2009-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for education and communication commodities were 24.33% lower in 2018 versus 2009 (a $4.87 difference in value).

Between 2009 and 2018: Education and communication commodities experienced an average inflation rate of -3.05% per year. This rate of change indicates significant deflation. In other words, education and communication commodities costing $20 in the year 2009 would cost $15.13 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.76% during this same period, inflation for education and communication commodities was significantly lower.

Price Inflation for Education and communication commodities since 2009

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2016 (-4.09%), 2015 (-4.05%), and 2011 (-3.47%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Education and communication commodities:

Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CPI 100.000 99.002 95.562 92.707 89.864 86.916 83.400 79.988 77.709 75.669

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Buying power of $20 since 2009

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Education and communication commodities, over time, for $20 beginning in 2009. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2009 $20.00 -
2010 $19.80 -1.00%
2011 $19.11 -3.47%
2012 $18.54 -2.99%
2013 $17.97 -3.07%
2014 $17.38 -3.28%
2015 $16.68 -4.05%
2016 $16.00 -4.09%
2017 $15.54 -2.85%
2018 $15.13 -2.62%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for education and communication commodities, 2009-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2009 * 2009 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Education and communication commodities was 100.000 in the year 2009 and 75.669 in 2018:

75.669 / 100.000 * $20 = $15.13

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2009 has the same "purchasing power" as $15.13 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Education and communication commodities).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Education and communication commodities in 2009. In addition to education and communication commodities, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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