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Social Security COLA, updated Oct. 13, 2022

The Social Security cost-of-living adjustment is based on an unusual inflation index – CPI-W – and is determined by averaging the indexes for July, August and September and comparing that number with the same average for the year before.

For 2023: Inflation from July to September 2022 was 8.7% higher than the same period of 2021, so the Social Security COLA will be 8.7% for payments beginning in January.

This will be the fourth highest Social Security COLA in history:

More information:

September inflation report sets Social Security COLA at 8.7% for 2023 payments

Good news: Medicare costs are going down for 2023

Does The Social Security COLA Shortchange Seniors?

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