Alternative Poverty Estimates in the United States - The CPI-U and the CPI-U-RS
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) and the Consumer Price Index Research Series Using Current Methods (CPI-U-RS) are indexes that are used to adjust dollar amounts for inflation.
CPI-U is used to adjust the official poverty thresholds for inflation, as instructed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in Statistical Policy Directive 14. The
CPI-U-RS is a revised inflation index that uses current methods for computing inflation.
Both the CPI-U and CPI-U RS are computed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
For more information about the
CPI-U-RS methodology, see the BLS's . CPI-U-RS web page
For more information about the CPI-U, and price indexes in general, see the BLS's .
For information about the price indexes used in Census Bureau income data, see
Comparison of Trends in Income Using the CPI-U-RS and CPI-U-X1.
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division: Poverty |
December 27, 2010