Raw Data: Inflation Continues To Be Really, Really Low

| Thu Mar. 20, 2014 5:12 PM EDT

Apropos of nothing in particular, here's a chart that shows the inflation rate over (a) the past three decades and (b) the past three years. This is just to remind people that although the headline unemployment number has declined, there's really no sign yet of labor market tightness. No matter what your preferred measure of inflation is, it's (a) lower now than it has been for a long time, and (b) still on a downward path. Inflation is simply not a problem right now, and inflationary expectations continue to be well anchored.