Inflation Was Much Higher Pre-Crisis than Post-Crisis

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fredgraph CPI food
Source: FRED


This morning’s column on Inflation truthers led to some emailers insisting inflation numbers are much higher post crisis than pre.

Sorry, but the data says that is simply not true.

Play with the attached FRED chart chart and XL spread sheet all you want, the data is hard to argue with. (Same goes for energy, especially Oil), Cherry pick whatever time period you want.

From 2000 to the end of 2008, Food at home averaged 3.00% year over year increases; since 2009 until today, its only been 1.78%.

With Oil, its much more dramatic: Oil averaged 24.9% year over year price increases from 2000 to 2008; Since 2009, its averaged a far more tame 6.5%.

Spreadsheet:  Inflation Food at home FRED

inflation Oil FRED

Category: Inflation, Mathematics

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