Inflation Numbers

March 10, 2022
new data reflects higher inflation

The buying power of Americans is being squeezed more and more each day …

Bankrate chief financial analyst Greg McBride as new data showed a key inflation reading at a 40-year high.
  • The Consumer Price Index shows that inflation continues to rise, both month-to-month and year-over-year.
  • Higher inflation reflects, in part, higher prices that outpace wages. Two main drivers of higher prices in this month's data: rising gas and food prices.
  • This new data is consistent with data from the last several months that also showed a rise in inflation.
  • Why It Matters: The higher inflation is, the less your dollar buys. The less your dollar buys, the more you as a consumer are under pressure – and an American consumer under pressure can slow down not only the U.S. economy, but also the global economy.
  • Important To Note: This data reflects February – so while the war in Ukraine was a factor, it was only a limited factor in this data.

Inflation skyrockets 7.9% to four-decade high in February as gas prices surge

by Jenna Lee,