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Unemployment and Inflation Pt. 3 Script Not all prices rise at the same rate, and some prices may stay constant while other prices fall. Reduced purchasing power means that each dollar of income will buy fewer items than before. The CPI measures the economy’s “market basket” of goods we all use like bread, milk, toilet paper, cell phone coverage, fuel for our cars to check if those prices are increasing, decreasing, or staying the same. This is done every month. You can also use the CPI to compare inflation from year to year. To measure inflation, subtract last year’s price index from this year’s price index and divide by last year’s index. Finally, multiply by 100 to express as a percentage. In this numerical example, using CPI data for 2014, there is a price index of 236.7 and 2013 has a price index of 233.0. You can calculate the inflation rate and find it is 1.6%. The BLS rounds to the tenths decimal place. You can also use the “Rule of 70” to do a quick calculation of the time it takes the price level to double. Divide 70 by the percentage rate of inflation and the result is the approximate number of years for the price level to double. Here the inflation rate is 1.6% so divide 70 by 1.6 and you get the number 43.75. Therefore, it would take about 44 years for prices to double at that rate of inflation. If the inflation rate is 7%, then it will take about ten years for prices to double. And hint, you may see that as a question on the practice problems or quiz.
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