Note: The Bureau of Labor Statistics "embargoes" the release of Consumer Price Index Inflation Data. In other words, they keep it secret until a specified date so no one will have an unfair advantage by getting the Consumer Price information early.
The table below shows the dates the Consumer Price Index information will be released each month. Note that information is compiled for the previous month i.e. data released mid-February is for the year ending in January.
The CPI is used to calculate the Annual Inflation Rate and the monthly inflation rate. At the same time the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also releases other data including the Core Inflation Rate (which excludes the volatile components of food and energy).
|Reference Month||CPI Release Date|
|March 2022||April 12, 2022|
|April 2022||May 11, 2022|
|May 2022||June 10, 2022|
|June 2022||July 13, 2022|
|July 2022||August 10, 2022|
|August 2022||September 13, 2022|
|September 2022||October 13, 2022|
|October 2022||November 10, 2022|
|November 2022||December 13, 2022|
|December 2022||January 2023 (TBA)|
Using the inflation information combined with the Unemployment rate data which is generally released during the first week of the month you can calculate the U.S. Misery Index which is used to estimate the overall health of the economy since a high unemployment rate combined with a high inflation rate can make life quite miserable. If you wish to use the CPI to calculate the inflation rate the easiest way is to simply plug the dates into our inflation calculator.
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