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Basic Info

The US Misery Index is released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This metric is calculated by adding the US inflation rate and the US unemployment rate. The misery index can be used as a gauge at how the economy is doing. Because of the components, this indicator tends to be at its highest when inflation or unemployment has increased. For example, one of the most notable time periods in regards to high inflation was the 1980s. The US misery index went as high as 21.98 in 1980.

US Misery Index is at a current level of 8.620, up from 7.876 last month and up from 5.939 one year ago. This is a change of 9.44% from last month and 45.13% from one year ago.

Stats

Last Value 8.620
Latest Period Mar 2021
Last Updated Apr 13 2021, 08:43 EDT
Next Release
Average Growth Rate 2.30%
Value from 1 Year Ago 5.939
Change from 1 Year Ago 45.13%
Frequency Monthly
Adjustment N/A
Notes Defined as the unemployment rate added to the inflation rate. Unemployment is seasonally adjusted; inflation is not.
Formula US Unemployment Rate + US Inflation Rate

Historical Data

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Date Value
March 31, 2021 8.620
February 28, 2021 7.876
January 31, 2021 7.700
December 31, 2020 8.062
November 30, 2020 7.874
October 31, 2020 8.082
September 30, 2020 9.171
August 31, 2020 9.710
July 31, 2020 11.19
June 30, 2020 11.75
May 31, 2020 13.42
April 30, 2020 15.13
March 31, 2020 5.939
February 29, 2020 5.835
January 31, 2020 5.987
December 31, 2019 5.885
November 30, 2019 5.651
October 31, 2019 5.364
September 30, 2019 5.211
August 31, 2019 5.450
July 31, 2019 5.412
June 30, 2019 5.248
May 31, 2019 5.490
April 30, 2019 5.696
March 31, 2019 5.662
Date Value
February 28, 2019 5.320
January 31, 2019 5.551
December 31, 2018 5.810
November 30, 2018 5.877
October 31, 2018 6.322
September 30, 2018 5.977
August 31, 2018 6.499
July 31, 2018 6.750
June 30, 2018 6.872
May 31, 2018 6.601
April 30, 2018 6.463
March 31, 2018 6.360
February 28, 2018 6.312
January 31, 2018 6.170
December 31, 2017 6.209
November 30, 2017 6.403
October 31, 2017 6.141
September 30, 2017 6.433
August 31, 2017 6.339
July 31, 2017 6.028
June 30, 2017 5.934
May 31, 2017 6.275
April 30, 2017 6.600
March 31, 2017 6.781
February 28, 2017 7.438

Basic Info

The US Misery Index is released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This metric is calculated by adding the US inflation rate and the US unemployment rate. The misery index can be used as a gauge at how the economy is doing. Because of the components, this indicator tends to be at its highest when inflation or unemployment has increased. For example, one of the most notable time periods in regards to high inflation was the 1980s. The US misery index went as high as 21.98 in 1980.

US Misery Index is at a current level of 8.620, up from 7.876 last month and up from 5.939 one year ago. This is a change of 9.44% from last month and 45.13% from one year ago.

Stats

Last Value 8.620
Latest Period Mar 2021
Last Updated Apr 13 2021, 08:43 EDT
Next Release
Average Growth Rate 2.30%
Value from 1 Year Ago 5.939
Change from 1 Year Ago 45.13%
Frequency Monthly
Adjustment N/A
Notes Defined as the unemployment rate added to the inflation rate. Unemployment is seasonally adjusted; inflation is not.
Formula US Unemployment Rate + US Inflation Rate