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Old 04-29-2007, 11:37 AM   #1
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COLA, anyone?

Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the March 2007 monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is the metric used to calculate the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for military retired pay, VA disability compensation, survivor annuities, and Social Security.

The Consumer Price Index continued its recent trend and rose a full 1% above February's value, edging inflation into positive territory for the first time in FY2007. Overall, the inflation rate stands at 0.8%. Inflation was this low in only four out of the previous 30 years through March. Still, those four previous years ultimately provided COLAs that ranged from 1.4% to 3.6%.

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Re: COLA, anyone?
Old 04-29-2007, 11:48 AM   #2
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Re: COLA, anyone?

CPI was up 0.3% in January 2007 (CPI index up 2.1% from Jan 06)
CPI was up 0.5% in February 2007 (CPI index up 2.4% from Feb 06)
CPI was up 0.9% in March 2007 (CPI index up 2.8% from Mar 06)

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