I have been spending some time the last couple of days, looking at the CPI reports. If you’ve never looked at one of these reports, I urge you to do so. They’re pretty interesting.
I still can’t for the life of me figure out why the BLS groups Education and Communications together. Why not give them each their very own category?
I noticed that the CPI began publishing an index for college textbooks in 2003. That index has increased 62.14% since it was first published. To put that in perspective, a textbook that cost you $100 in 2003, cost you $162 in 2010.
Here are the links to PDF files for each year’s report. I put them together here because they aren’t easy to find on the BLS’s website.