Consumer Price Index

CPI Methodology


BLS Handbook of Methods, Chapter 17, Consumer Price Indexes

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How is the CPI calculated?
  2. How is the CPI market basket determined?
  3. How do I read or interpret an index?
  4. How are CPI prices collected and reviewed?

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How BLS Measures Price Changes in the CPI for...

How BLS Measures Price Change in the Consumer Price Index for:


Articles and Research Papers

Reports

BLS Statistical Survey Papers

Monthly Labor Review Articles on CPI Methodology

CPI Working Papers

Citations for papers not available online (HTML)

Special Notices

"Publishing Consumer Price Indexes to Three Decimal Places: Questions and Answers".

Seasonal adjustment in the CPI, our page on seasonal adjustment.


Further Information

For further assistance contact the CPI Section of Index Analysis and Public Information at cpi_info@bls.gov or (202) 691-7000.

Last Modified Date: April 11, 2012

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