Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA)
The Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) is 2.5% for 2019 and was approved by the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners on March 21, 2019.
A summary of Historical COLA Percentages is also available for viewing.
Determining the COLA
Pursuant to the City of Los Angeles Charter and Administrative Code, the size of any year’s COLA is based on the annual change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the area in which the City is located as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Specifically, we look at the change in the CPI for All Urban Consumers in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim area sample for the prior 12-month period ending in February.
A list of the goods and services included in the CPI is available here. You may also review the step-by-step instructions on .
Consumer Price Index/Bureau of Labor Statistics
The COLA is based on the annual change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). COLAs are calculated based on the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim area using a 12-month period from March to February.
For questions about the CPI, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website, or call (202) 691-7000.