Energy commodities priced at $20 in 2000 $36.34 in 2019

Historical Price Inflation for Energy commodities

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Prices for Energy Commodities, 2000-2019 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for energy commodities were 81.71% higher in 2019 versus 2000 (a $16.34 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2019: Energy commodities experienced an average inflation rate of 3.19% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, energy commodities costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $36.34 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.09% during this same period, inflation for energy commodities was higher.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by 29.50%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for energy commodities during the 2000-2019 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for energy commodities was much higher.

Price Inflation for Energy commodities since 1984

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2000 (29.50%), 2009 (-27.81%), and 2015 (-27.01%).

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

Year 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
CPI 98.133 98.167 77.200 80.200 80.767 87.900 101.200 99.100 98.267 97.333 97.600 98.800 105.700 105.733 92.100 100.000 129.500 125.200 117.133 136.667 161.200 197.433 223.000 241.018 284.352 205.281 242.636 306.445 315.999 307.373 296.900 216.714 191.589 216.285 246.210 235.317

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Energy commodities, over time, for $20 beginning in 2000. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2000 $20.00 29.50%
2001 $19.34 -3.32%
2002 $18.09 -6.44%
2003 $21.11 16.68%
2004 $24.90 17.95%
2005 $30.49 22.48%
2006 $34.44 12.95%
2007 $37.22 8.08%
2008 $43.92 17.98%
2009 $31.70 -27.81%
2010 $37.47 18.20%
2011 $47.33 26.30%
2012 $48.80 3.12%
2013 $47.47 -2.73%
2014 $45.85 -3.41%
2015 $33.47 -27.01%
2016 $29.59 -11.59%
2017 $33.40 12.89%
2018 $38.02 13.84%
2019 $36.34 -4.42%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for energy commodities, 2000-2019

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019 / CPI in 2000 * 2000 USD value = 2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Energy commodities was 129.500 in the year 2000 and 235.317 in 2019:

235.317 / 129.500 * $20 = $36.34

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $36.34 in 2019 (in the CPI category of Energy commodities).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Energy commodities in 1984. In addition to energy 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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