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The March 2019 CPI is 247.768, 0.6 percent above the FY 2019 COLA baseline.

The Consumer Price Index for April is scheduled to be released May 10. The CPI baseline for FY 2019 is 246.352.


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The final FY 2018 COLA, which took effect Jan. 1, 2019, is 2.8 percent, matching MOAA's prediction.

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.

Related content - Retired Pay vs Active Duty Pay Adjustments

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