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Cost and standard of living -- United States

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View Resource Release of the Experimental CPI Using Geometric Means

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics will shortly begin an experimental Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers using a geometric mean formula to combine individual price quotations at the lower level of aggregation. The experimental index will be called the Experimental CPI Using Geometric Means or CPI-U-XG. BLS claims the new index will adjust the CPI to reflect the fact that consumers can and...
View Resource Inflation Calculator

This simple inflation calculator uses the Consumer Price Index to adjust any given amount of money, from 1800 to 1998. Creator S. Morgan Friedman uses data from the Historical Statistics of the United States for statistics predating 1975 and the annual Statistics Abstracts of the United States for data from 1975 to 1998. Links to other online inflation information are also included.
View Resource What is a dollar worth?

This site, provided by Rob Grunewald of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, is simple, yet elegant and powerful in both concept and execution. Based on the Consumer Price Index (all major expenditure classes), users enter a year between 1913 and 1997 (at present) and a dollar amount purchased. Then another year is entered, and the "CPI Calculation Machine" produces an equivalent dollar amount...
View Resource The 1998 HHS Federal Poverty Guidelines

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently released the 1998 federal poverty measures. There are two slightly different versions of the federal poverty measure: poverty thresholds and poverty guidelines. Data for both versions are available at this site. Separate data are listed for the 48 states, Alaska, and Hawaii.
View Resource September Consumer Price Index

On Tuesday October 19, 1999, the US Department of Labor released its September 1999 Consumer Price Index (CPI), which showed a rise of 0.4 percent, the third monthly rise in a row. Wall Street breathed a sigh of relief at the news of the report as recent anxiety over the rising CPI and the threat of interest rates had sent the Nasdaq plunging. Tuesday, after the release of the report, stocks...
View Resource Trends in the Well-Being of America's Children and Youth

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently placed online its third annual report on trends in the well-being of America's children and youth. Drawn from over 90 indicators of well-being, the report is designed to provide policy makers, the media, and interested citizens an accessible overview of data on the condition of children in the US. The report is divided into two parts,...;vi...
View Resource Consumer Price Index

According to the Consumer Price Index for March 2000, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.8 percent in March. This is a 3.7 percent increase since March 1999. After seasonal adjustments, the CPI-U rose 0.7 percent, after a 0.5 percent increase in February 2000.
View Resource Fed to Raise Interest Rates

As expected, the Federal Reserve voted to raise interest rates 0.25 percent, the fifth rate raise since June. The interest rate boost is expected to help keep inflation in check during this record period (108 months) of economic expansion. Technology companies have continued to signal healthy economic growth, and unemployment rates remain low. Despite drastic price hikes in gasoline and heating...
View Resource offers an invaluable range of information about salaries and benefits. The site showcases its Salary Wizard, which allows users to see whether their salaries meet the average in their area, as well as what kinds of salaries they would make in other parts of the country. The data is complimented with a large collection of related salary surveys; has written detailed...
View Resource US Interests Rates Take a Hike

As speculated, on Tuesday, May 16, 2000, the Federal Reserve Board decided to raise US interest rates another 0.5 percent, to 6.5 percent. This interest rate hike follows five previous increases of a quarter-point each since June 1999. This is the first time in sixteen years that US interest rates have risen above 5 percent. The new rate will affect the borrowing costs for many Americans,...
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