Senior citizens will not welcome 2011 joyfully. For the second year in a row their Social Security checks will not see a cost of living increase, despite some increases in prices of things like food, fuel and medical care.
Social Security increases depend on a rise in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). The way the CPI is calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there has been no increase in the CPI-W for the second straight year. “[T]herefore,” says the Social Security Administration, “under existing law, there can be no COLA in 2011.”