Annual inflation rate in the US eased to 0.3% in April of 2020 from 1.5% in March and below market expectations of 0.4%. It is the lowest inflation rate since October of 2015, mainly due to a 32% plunge in gasoline prices. In April, oil prices turned negative for the first time in history amid storage and oversupply concerns. Also, coronavirus lockdown restrictions led to a 5.7% drop in cost of apparel and a 5.5% fall in cost of transportation services. On the other hand, cost of food increased 3.5%, the highest rate since February of 2012. On a monthly basis, consumer prices declined 0.8%, the largest drop since December of 2008, mainly due to a 20.6% fall in gasoline prices although the indexes for apparel, motor vehicle insurance, airline fares, and lodging away from home all fell sharply as well. Excluding food and energy, core inflation eased to 1.4%, the lowest rate since April of 2011.
Inflation Rate in the United States averaged 3.25 percent from 1914 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 23.70 percent in June of 1920 and a record low of -15.80 percent in June of 1921. This page provides - United States Inflation Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. United States Inflation Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2020. source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Inflation Rate in the United States is expected to be 0.50 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Inflation Rate in the United States to stand at 0.40 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Inflation Rate is projected to trend around 1.00 percent in 2021 and 1.30 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.