1 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Consumer Price Index — August 2023,” September 13, 2023
2 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “CPI for All Urban Consumers,“ September 29, 2023
3 Social Security Administration, “Social Security Announces 8.7% Benefit Increase for 2023,” October 13, 2022
4 NBC News, “Social Security COLA increase for 2024 could be higher than expected,” September 13, 2023
5 SHRM, “Workers Say Inflation is Bigger Retirement Obstacle This Year than Last,” August 15, 2023
6 Social Security Administration, “When to Start Receiving Retirement Benefits,” January 2023
7Employee Benefits Research Institute, February 2023
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