Women's suits and separates priced at $20 in 1997 $13.89 in 2020

Women's Suits And Separates Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Women's Suits And Separates, 1997-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for women's suits and separates were 30.54% lower in 2020 versus 1997 (a $6.11 difference in value).

Between 1997 and 2020: Women's suits and separates experienced an average inflation rate of -1.57% per year. In other words, women's suits and separates costing $20 in the year 1997 would cost $13.89 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.10% during this same period, inflation for women's suits and separates was significantly lower.

Price Inflation for Women's suits and separates since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2020 (-8.03%), 2002 (-4.62%), and 2019 (-4.47%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Women's suits and separates:

Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
CPI 100.000 100.962 99.215 98.185 95.815 91.392 88.115 89.792 87.315 88.223 88.921 85.679 84.864 83.892 84.170 86.633 86.746 85.263 81.785 81.537 80.117 79.056 75.526 69.463

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Buying power of $20 since 1997

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Women's suits and separates, over time, for $20 beginning in 1997. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1997 $20.00 -
1998 $20.19 0.96%
1999 $19.84 -1.73%
2000 $19.64 -1.04%
2001 $19.16 -2.41%
2002 $18.28 -4.62%
2003 $17.62 -3.59%
2004 $17.96 1.90%
2005 $17.46 -2.76%
2006 $17.64 1.04%
2007 $17.78 0.79%
2008 $17.14 -3.65%
2009 $16.97 -0.95%
2010 $16.78 -1.15%
2011 $16.83 0.33%
2012 $17.33 2.93%
2013 $17.35 0.13%
2014 $17.05 -1.71%
2015 $16.36 -4.08%
2016 $16.31 -0.30%
2017 $16.02 -1.74%
2018 $15.81 -1.32%
2019 $15.11 -4.47%
2020 $13.89 -8.03%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for women's suits and separates, 1997-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1997 * 1997 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Women's suits and separates was 100.000 in the year 1997 and 69.463 in 2020:

69.463 / 100.000 * $20 = $13.89

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" as $13.89 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Women's suits and separates).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Women's suits and separates in 1997. In addition to women's suits and separates, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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