With two months left in the count toward the January 2017 retirement COLA, the count has slipped back to 0.2 percent, following a decrease of 0.2 percentage points in July in the inflation index used to set the COLA. The count had been in negative territory for most of the measuring period, until crossing into positive territory in June with release of the figures covering May. The decline, coming after four straight months of increases, virtually assures that the COLA will be minimal – if there is one at all.