Transportation commodities less motor fuel priced at $20 in 2009 $20.82 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Transportation commodities less motor fuel

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Prices for Transportation Commodities Less Motor Fuel, 2009-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for transportation commodities less motor fuel were 4.12% higher in 2018 versus 2009 (a $0.82 difference in value).

Between 2009 and 2018: Transportation commodities less motor fuel experienced an average inflation rate of 0.45% per year. In other words, transportation commodities less motor fuel costing $20 in the year 2009 would cost $20.82 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.76% during this same period, inflation for transportation commodities less motor fuel was lower.

Price Inflation for Transportation commodities less motor fuel since 2009

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2011 (3.40%), 2012 (1.49%), and 2017 (-1.40%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Transportation commodities less motor fuel:

Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CPI 100.000 101.128 104.566 106.125 106.553 106.464 106.436 105.765 104.285 104.124

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Buying power of $20 since 2009

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Transportation commodities less motor fuel, 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 $20.23 1.13%
2011 $20.91 3.40%
2012 $21.23 1.49%
2013 $21.31 0.40%
2014 $21.29 -0.08%
2015 $21.29 -0.03%
2016 $21.15 -0.63%
2017 $20.86 -1.40%
2018 $20.82 -0.15%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for transportation commodities less motor fuel, 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 Transportation commodities less motor fuel was 100.000 in the year 2009 and 104.124 in 2018:

104.124 / 100.000 * $20 = $20.82

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2009 has the same "purchasing power" as $20.82 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Transportation commodities less motor fuel).


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

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