COLA Watch

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The November 2019 CPI is 250.644, 0.2 percent above the FY 2020 COLA baseline.
The Consumer Price Index for December is scheduled to be released Jan. 14, 2020. The CPI baseline for FY 2020 is 250.200.


The calculation is made by comparing the average CPI from July through September of the current fiscal year to the average for the same months of the year prior. Remember, active duty pay raises are calculated differently.

This information is calculated from the non-seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Calculation for monthly COLA change: (Monthly CPI-Yearly baseline CPI)/Yearly baseline CPI.

Learn more about CPI on the BLS web page.