Women's suits and separates priced at $20 in 1998 $14.09 in 2020

Women's Suits And Separates Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Women's Suits And Separates, 1998-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for women's suits and separates were 29.55% lower in 2020 versus 1998 (a $5.91 difference in value).

Between 1998 and 2020: Women's suits and separates experienced an average inflation rate of -1.58% per year. In other words, women's suits and separates costing $20 in the year 1998 would cost $14.09 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 1998

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2020 (-5.82%), 2002 (-4.64%), and 2019 (-4.42%).

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

Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
CPI 101.017 99.250 98.192 95.842 91.392 88.133 89.792 87.317 88.200 88.913 85.697 84.861 83.918 84.182 86.630 86.768 85.298 81.808 81.565 80.143 79.066 75.569 71.170

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Buying power of $20 since 1998

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Women's suits and separates, over time, for $20 beginning in 1998. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1998 $20.00 -
1999 $19.65 -1.75%
2000 $19.44 -1.07%
2001 $18.98 -2.39%
2002 $18.09 -4.64%
2003 $17.45 -3.57%
2004 $17.78 1.88%
2005 $17.29 -2.76%
2006 $17.46 1.01%
2007 $17.60 0.81%
2008 $16.97 -3.62%
2009 $16.80 -0.98%
2010 $16.61 -1.11%
2011 $16.67 0.31%
2012 $17.15 2.91%
2013 $17.18 0.16%
2014 $16.89 -1.69%
2015 $16.20 -4.09%
2016 $16.15 -0.30%
2017 $15.87 -1.74%
2018 $15.65 -1.34%
2019 $14.96 -4.42%
2020 $14.09 -5.82%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for women's suits and separates, 1998-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1998 * 1998 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Women's suits and separates was 101.017 in the year 1998 and 71.170 in 2020:

71.170 / 101.017 * $20 = $14.09

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1998 has the same "purchasing power" as $14.09 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 1998. 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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