As I’ve written before, there will be no cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits in 2011. This is the second year in a row with no increase. Of course the reason is that inflation did not rise enough to trigger an automatic increase.
The actual rule is a bit complicated: the COLA is determined by comparing the change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) from the third quarter of 2008, the last year that a COLA was determined, to the third quarter of 2010. There was no increase in that period. This is in contrast to the change from 2008 to 2009, which was 5.8 percent, the largest increase since 1982.
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