Economic Statistics

Cost of Living

Data and tools

Which data should I use?

  • Should I use monthly CPI figures or annual averages?
    Calculating annual inflation for a specific month (for example, from December to December) gives you more recent data, but using annual averages smooths out the volatility that can occur in monthly CPI data.
  • Should I use seasonally adjusted or unadjusted data?
    BLS advises using unadjusted CPI data for escalation clauses
  • More BLS CPI Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Living Wage In My Area?


Compensation data

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Other Economic Statistics

U.S. Census Bureau

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