Cost-of-Living Adjustment

Below we have a table depicting the Federal Retiree COLA history from 1999 through 2018. Cost of Living increases are measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are adjusted to reflect any increase in the cost of living. The cost-of-living adjustment protects the purchasing power of Social Security and SSI benefits.

The silent thief of your comfortable federal retirement and why you should never ignore it.

Richard Eller

Most of us never really give inflation a second thought, though we know it exists. A loaf of bread that once cost $ 1.79 is now $ 1.99 and we think it’s only 20 cents. True, but it’s also a price increase of 11%. When did you last receive an 11% raise? We know that inflation in the late 1970’s