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Links to the CPI Tables Going Back to 2000

By JLP | February 23, 2011

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.












Topics: Inflation (CPI) | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Links to the CPI Tables Going Back to 2000”

  1. BG Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    “To put that in perspective, a textbook that cost you $100 in 2003, cost you $162 in 2010.”

    Which is why I sold all of my textbooks as soon as the semester ended — at least you get to recoup some of that cost and roll it into buying (used) books the next semester.

    Using, you can buy a specific (used) macroeconomics book for $123, and then sell it back to them for $52 (or $108 credit) — not too bad.

  2. Jon Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    On the bright side. You can get a full education over the internet now days for free. You just can’t get the little piece of paper that everyone wants (but only your first employer actually checks) at the end of your education.

    Since I’m switching from a masters in EE to programming I don’t much care since I can still wave around my EE degree.