United States Misery Index

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Misery Index (7.56) equals Unemployment rate (5.9) plus Inflation rate (1.66)
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Year MI Bar Graph President
1948-0113.633.4010.23Truman
1948-0213.103.809.30
1948-0310.854.006.85
1948-0412.583.908.68
1948-0512.633.509.13
1948-0613.153.609.55Berlin airlift
1948-0713.513.609.91
1948-0812.793.908.89
1948-0910.323.806.52
1948-109.793.706.09
1948-118.563.804.76
1948-126.994.002.99
1949-015.574.301.27
1949-025.984.701.28
1949-036.715.001.71
1949-045.725.300.42
1949-055.686.10
1949-065.376.20
1949-073.836.70
1949-083.946.80
1949-094.156.60
1949-105.037.90
1949-114.756.40
1949-124.536.60
1950-014.426.50Min. Wage = $0.75
1950-025.146.40
1950-035.466.30
1950-044.545.80
1950-055.085.50
1950-064.985.40US Enters Korean War
1950-076.695.001.69
1950-086.604.502.10
1950-096.494.402.09
1950-108.004.203.80
1950-117.984.203.78
1950-1210.234.305.93
1951-0111.793.708.09
1951-0212.763.409.36
1951-0312.723.409.32
1951-0412.423.109.32
1951-0512.283.009.28
1951-0612.023.208.82
1951-0710.573.107.47
1951-089.683.106.58
1951-0910.273.306.97
1951-1010.003.506.50
1951-1110.383.506.88
1951-129.103.106.00
1952-017.533.204.33
1952-025.433.102.33
1952-034.842.901.94
1952-045.232.902.33
1952-054.933.001.93
1952-065.323.002.32
1952-076.293.203.09
1952-086.493.403.09
1952-095.403.102.30
1952-104.913.001.91
1952-113.942.801.14
1952-123.452.700.75
1953-013.282.900.38Eisenhower
1953-023.362.600.76
1953-033.742.601.14
1953-043.462.700.76
1953-053.642.501.14
1953-063.632.501.13
1953-072.972.600.37Korean War Armistice
1953-083.452.700.75
1953-093.652.900.75
1953-104.223.101.12
1953-114.253.500.75
1953-125.254.500.75
1954-016.034.901.13
1954-026.715.201.51
1954-036.835.701.13
1954-046.655.900.75
1954-056.655.900.75
1954-065.975.600.37
1954-076.175.800.37
1954-086.006.00
1954-095.736.10
1954-104.965.70
1954-114.935.30
1954-124.265.00
1955-014.164.90
1955-023.964.70
1955-033.864.60
1955-044.334.70
1955-053.564.30
1955-063.464.20
1955-073.634.00
1955-083.834.20
1955-094.474.100.37
1955-104.674.300.37
1955-114.574.200.37
1955-124.574.200.37
1956-014.374.000.37
1956-024.273.900.37
1956-034.574.200.37Min. Wage = $1
1956-044.754.000.75
1956-055.424.301.12
1956-066.174.301.87
1956-076.644.402.24
1956-085.974.101.87
1956-095.763.901.86
1956-106.133.902.23
1956-116.534.302.23
1956-127.194.202.99
1957-017.194.202.99
1957-027.263.903.36
1957-037.433.703.73
1957-047.623.903.72
1957-057.804.103.70
1957-067.614.303.31
1957-077.484.203.28
1957-087.764.103.66
1957-097.684.403.28
1957-107.414.502.91
1957-118.375.103.27
1957-128.105.202.90
1958-019.425.803.62
1958-029.656.403.25
1958-0310.306.703.60
1958-0410.987.403.58
1958-0510.617.403.21
1958-0610.157.302.85
1958-079.977.502.47
1958-089.527.402.12
1958-099.227.102.12
1958-108.826.702.12
1958-118.316.202.11
1958-127.966.201.76
1959-017.406.001.40Alaska becomes 49th State
1959-026.955.901.05
1959-035.955.600.35
1959-045.555.200.35
1959-055.455.100.35
1959-065.695.000.69
1959-075.795.100.69
1959-086.245.201.04Hawaii becomes 50th State
1959-096.885.501.38
1959-107.435.701.73
1959-117.185.801.38
1959-127.035.301.73
1960-016.235.201.03
1960-026.534.801.73
1960-037.135.401.73
1960-046.925.201.72
1960-056.825.101.72
1960-067.125.401.72
1960-076.875.501.37
1960-086.975.601.37
1960-096.525.501.02
1960-107.466.101.36
1960-117.466.101.36
1960-127.966.601.36
1961-018.316.601.71Kennedy
Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba
1961-028.266.901.36
1961-038.266.901.36
1961-048.027.001.02
1961-058.127.101.02
1961-067.586.900.68
1961-078.357.001.35
1961-087.616.601.01
1961-098.056.701.35Min. Wage = $1.15
1961-107.176.500.67
1961-116.776.100.67
1961-126.676.000.67
1962-016.475.800.67
1962-026.515.501.01Cuban Missile Crisis
1962-036.615.601.01
1962-046.945.601.34
1962-056.845.501.34
1962-066.845.501.34
1962-076.405.401.00
1962-087.045.701.34
1962-096.935.601.33
1962-106.735.401.33
1962-117.035.701.33
1962-126.835.501.33
1963-017.035.701.33
1963-026.905.901.00
1963-037.035.701.33
1963-046.695.700.99
1963-056.895.900.99
1963-066.925.601.32
1963-076.925.601.32
1963-086.725.401.32
1963-096.495.500.99Min. Wage = $1.25
1963-106.825.501.32
1963-117.025.701.32Johnson
1963-127.145.501.64
1964-017.245.601.64
1964-027.045.401.64
1964-036.715.401.31
1964-046.615.301.31
1964-056.415.101.31
1964-066.515.201.31
1964-076.204.901.30
1964-085.985.000.98US Enters Vietnam War
1964-096.405.101.30
1964-106.075.100.97
1964-116.104.801.30
1964-125.975.000.97
1965-015.874.900.97
1965-026.075.100.97
1965-035.994.701.29
1965-046.424.801.62
1965-056.224.601.62
1965-066.544.601.94
1965-076.014.401.61
1965-086.344.401.94
1965-095.914.301.61
1965-106.134.201.93
1965-115.704.101.60
1965-125.924.001.92
1966-015.924.001.92
1966-026.363.802.56
1966-036.363.802.56
1966-046.673.802.87
1966-056.773.902.87
1966-066.333.802.53
1966-076.653.802.85
1966-087.283.803.48
1966-097.183.703.48
1966-107.493.703.79
1966-117.393.603.79
1966-127.263.803.46
1967-017.363.903.46
1967-026.613.802.81Min. Wage = $1.4
1967-036.603.802.80
1967-046.283.802.48
1967-056.593.802.79
1967-066.683.902.78
1967-076.573.802.77
1967-086.253.802.45
1967-096.553.802.75
1967-106.434.002.43
1967-116.643.902.74
1967-126.843.803.04
1968-017.353.703.65
1968-027.753.803.95Min. Wage = $1.6
1968-037.643.703.94
1968-047.433.503.93
1968-057.423.503.92
1968-067.903.704.20
1968-078.193.704.49
1968-087.983.504.48
1968-097.863.404.46
1968-108.153.404.75
1968-118.133.404.73
1968-128.123.404.72
1969-017.803.404.40Nixon
1969-028.083.404.68
1969-038.653.405.25
1969-048.923.405.52
1969-058.913.405.51
1969-068.983.505.48
1969-078.943.505.44
1969-089.213.505.71Tax Reform Act of 1969, dec.
1969-099.403.705.70
1969-109.373.705.67
1969-119.433.505.93
1969-129.703.506.20
1970-0110.083.906.18
1970-0210.354.206.15
1970-0310.224.405.82
1970-0410.664.606.06
1970-0510.844.806.04
1970-0610.914.906.01
1970-0710.985.005.98
1970-0810.515.105.41
1970-0911.065.405.66
1970-1011.135.505.63
1970-1111.505.905.60
1970-1211.676.105.57
1971-0111.195.905.29
1971-0210.905.905.00
1971-0310.716.004.71
1971-0410.065.904.16
1971-0510.305.904.40
1971-0610.545.904.64
1971-0710.366.004.36
1971-0810.726.104.62
1971-0910.086.004.08
1971-109.615.803.81
1971-119.286.003.28
1971-129.276.003.27
1972-019.075.803.27
1972-029.215.703.51
1972-039.305.803.50
1972-049.195.703.49
1972-058.935.703.23
1972-068.415.702.71
1972-078.555.602.95
1972-088.545.602.94
1972-098.695.503.19
1972-109.025.603.42
1972-118.975.303.67
1972-128.615.203.41
1973-018.554.903.65
1973-028.875.003.87
1973-039.494.904.59
1973-0410.065.005.06
1973-0510.434.905.53
1973-0610.904.906.00
1973-0710.534.805.73
1973-0812.184.807.38
1973-0912.164.807.36
1973-1012.404.607.80
1973-1113.054.808.25
1973-1213.614.908.71
1974-0114.495.109.39
1974-0215.225.2010.02
1974-0315.495.1010.39
1974-0415.195.1010.09
1974-0515.815.1010.71Min. Wage = $2
1974-0616.265.4010.86
1974-0717.015.5011.51
1974-0816.365.5010.86Ford
1974-0917.855.9011.95
1974-1018.066.0012.06
1974-1118.806.6012.20
1974-1219.547.2012.34
1975-0119.908.1011.80Min. Wage = $2.1
1975-0219.338.1011.23
1975-0318.858.6010.25
1975-0419.018.8010.21US Exits Vietnam War
1975-0518.479.009.47
1975-0618.198.809.39
1975-0718.328.609.72
1975-0817.008.408.60
1975-0916.318.407.91
1975-1015.848.407.44
1975-1115.688.307.38
1975-1215.148.206.94
1976-0114.627.906.72Min. Wage = $2.3
1976-0213.997.706.29
1976-0313.677.606.07
1976-0413.757.706.05
1976-0513.607.406.20
1976-0613.577.605.97
1976-0713.157.805.35
1976-0813.517.805.71
1976-0913.097.605.49
1976-1013.167.705.46
1976-1112.687.804.88
1976-1212.667.804.86
1977-0112.727.505.22Carter
1977-0213.517.605.91
1977-0313.847.406.44
1977-0414.157.206.95
1977-0513.737.006.73
1977-0614.077.206.87
1977-0713.736.906.83
1977-0813.627.006.62
1977-0913.406.806.60
1977-1013.196.806.39
1977-1113.526.806.72
1977-1213.106.406.70
1978-0113.246.406.84Min. Wage = $2.65
1978-0212.736.306.43
1978-0312.856.306.55
1978-0412.606.106.50
1978-0512.976.006.97
1978-0613.315.907.41
1978-0713.906.207.70
1978-0813.745.907.84
1978-0914.316.008.31
1978-1014.735.808.93
1978-1114.795.908.89
1978-1215.026.009.02
1979-0115.185.909.28Min. Wage = $2.9
1979-0215.765.909.86
1979-0315.895.8010.09Three Mile Island meltdown
1979-0416.295.8010.49
1979-0516.455.6010.85
1979-0616.595.7010.89
1979-0716.965.7011.26
1979-0817.826.0011.82
1979-0918.085.9012.18
1979-1018.076.0012.07
1979-1118.515.9012.61
1979-1219.296.0013.29
1980-0120.216.3013.91Min. Wage = $3.1
1980-0220.486.3014.18
1980-0321.066.3014.76
1980-0421.636.9014.73
1980-0521.917.5014.41
1980-0621.987.6014.38
1980-0720.937.8013.13
1980-0820.577.7012.87
1980-0920.107.5012.60
1980-1020.277.5012.77
1980-1120.157.5012.65
1980-1219.727.2012.52
1981-0119.337.5011.83Reagan
Min. Wage = $3.35
1981-0218.817.4011.41
1981-0317.897.4010.49
1981-0417.207.2010.00
1981-0517.287.509.78
1981-0617.057.509.55
1981-0717.967.2010.76
1981-0818.207.4010.80Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981, dec.
1981-0918.557.6010.95
1981-1018.047.9010.14
1981-1117.898.309.59
1981-1217.428.508.92
1982-0116.998.608.39
1982-0216.528.907.62
1982-0315.789.006.78
1982-0415.819.306.51
1982-0516.089.406.68
1982-0616.669.607.06
1982-0716.249.806.44
1982-0815.659.805.85
1982-0915.1410.105.04
1982-1015.5410.405.14
1982-1115.3910.804.59
1982-1214.6310.803.83
1983-0114.1110.403.71
1983-0213.8910.403.49
1983-0313.9010.303.60
1983-0414.1010.203.90
1983-0513.6510.103.55
1983-0612.6810.102.58
1983-0711.869.402.46
1983-0812.069.502.56
1983-0912.069.202.86
1983-1011.658.802.85US invades Grenada
1983-1111.778.503.27
1983-1212.098.303.79
1984-0112.198.004.19
1984-0212.407.804.60
1984-0312.607.804.80
1984-0412.267.704.56
1984-0511.637.404.23
1984-0611.427.204.22
1984-0711.707.504.20
1984-0811.797.504.29
1984-0911.577.304.27
1984-1011.667.404.26
1984-1111.257.204.05
1984-1211.257.303.95
1985-0110.837.303.53
1985-0210.727.203.52
1985-0310.907.203.70
1985-0410.997.303.69
1985-0510.977.203.77
1985-0611.167.403.76
1985-0710.957.403.55
1985-0810.457.103.35
1985-0910.247.103.14
1985-1010.337.103.23
1985-1110.517.003.51
1985-1210.807.003.80
1986-0110.596.703.89Shuttle Challenger Disaster
1986-0210.317.203.11
1986-039.467.202.26
1986-048.697.101.59
1986-058.697.201.49
1986-068.977.201.77
1986-078.587.001.58
1986-088.476.901.57
1986-098.757.001.75
1986-108.477.001.47The Tax Reform Act of 1986, dec.
1986-118.186.901.28
1986-127.706.601.10
1987-018.066.601.46
1987-028.706.602.10
1987-039.636.603.03
1987-0410.086.303.78
1987-0510.166.303.86
1987-069.856.203.65
1987-0710.036.103.93
1987-0810.286.004.28
1987-0910.265.904.36
1987-1010.536.004.53
1987-1110.335.804.53
1987-1210.135.704.43
1988-019.755.704.05
1988-029.645.703.94
1988-039.635.703.93
1988-049.305.403.90
1988-059.495.603.89
1988-069.365.403.96
1988-079.535.404.13
1988-089.625.604.02
1988-099.575.404.17
1988-109.655.404.25
1988-119.555.304.25
1988-129.725.304.42
1989-0110.075.404.67Bush, G.H.W.
1989-0210.035.204.83
1989-039.985.004.98
1989-0410.325.205.12
1989-0510.565.205.36
1989-0610.475.305.17
1989-0710.185.204.98
1989-089.915.204.71
1989-099.645.304.34
1989-109.795.304.49
1989-1110.065.404.66
1989-1210.055.404.65US Invades Panama
1990-0110.605.405.20
1990-0210.565.305.26
1990-0310.435.205.23
1990-0410.115.404.71Min. Wage = $3.8
1990-059.765.404.36
1990-069.875.204.67
1990-0710.325.504.82
1990-0811.325.705.62
1990-0912.065.906.16
1990-1012.195.906.29
1990-1112.476.206.27Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1990, inc.
1990-1212.416.306.11
1991-0112.056.405.65Persian Gulf War
1991-0211.916.605.31
1991-0311.706.804.90
1991-0411.596.704.89Min. Wage = $4.25
1991-0511.856.904.95
1991-0611.606.904.70
1991-0711.256.804.45
1991-0810.706.903.80
1991-0910.296.903.39
1991-109.927.002.92
1991-119.997.002.99
1991-1210.367.303.06
1992-019.907.302.60
1992-0210.227.402.82US & Russian declare end of cold war
1992-0310.597.403.19
1992-0410.587.403.18
1992-0510.627.603.02
1992-0610.897.803.09
1992-0710.867.703.16
1992-0810.757.603.15
1992-0910.597.602.99
1992-1010.507.303.20
1992-1110.457.403.05
1992-1210.307.402.90
1993-0110.567.303.26Clinton
1993-0210.357.103.25World Trade Center Bombed
1993-0310.097.003.09
1993-0410.337.103.23
1993-0510.327.103.22
1993-0610.007.003.00
1993-079.686.902.78
1993-089.576.802.77Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1993, inc.
1993-099.396.702.69
1993-109.556.802.75
1993-119.286.602.68
1993-129.256.502.75
1994-019.126.602.52
1994-029.126.602.52
1994-039.016.502.51
1994-048.766.402.36
1994-058.396.102.29
1994-068.596.102.49
1994-078.876.102.77
1994-088.906.002.90
1994-098.865.902.96
1994-108.415.802.61
1994-118.275.602.67
1994-128.175.502.67
1995-018.405.602.80
1995-028.265.402.86
1995-038.255.402.85
1995-048.855.803.05
1995-058.795.603.19
1995-068.645.603.04
1995-078.465.702.76
1995-088.325.702.62
1995-098.145.602.54
1995-108.315.502.81
1995-118.215.602.61
1995-128.145.602.54
1996-018.335.602.73
1996-028.155.502.65
1996-038.345.502.84
1996-048.505.602.90
1996-058.495.602.89
1996-068.055.302.75
1996-078.455.502.95
1996-087.985.102.88
1996-098.205.203.00
1996-108.195.202.99Min. Wage = $4.75
1996-118.665.403.26
1996-128.725.403.32
1997-018.345.303.04
1997-028.235.203.03
1997-037.965.202.76
1997-047.605.102.50
1997-057.134.902.23
1997-067.305.002.30
1997-077.134.902.23
1997-087.034.802.23The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, dec.
1997-097.054.902.15Min. Wage = $5.15
1997-106.784.702.08
1997-116.434.601.83
1997-126.404.701.70
1998-016.174.601.57
1998-026.044.601.44
1998-036.074.701.37
1998-045.744.301.44
1998-056.094.401.69
1998-066.184.501.68
1998-076.184.501.68
1998-086.124.501.62
1998-096.094.601.49
1998-105.994.501.49
1998-115.954.401.55
1998-126.014.401.61
1999-015.974.301.67
1999-026.014.401.61
1999-035.934.201.73
1999-046.584.302.28
1999-056.294.202.09
1999-066.264.301.96
1999-076.444.302.14
1999-086.464.202.26
1999-096.834.202.63
1999-106.664.102.56
1999-116.724.102.62
1999-126.684.002.68
2000-016.744.002.74
2000-027.324.103.22
2000-037.764.003.76
2000-046.873.803.07
2000-057.194.003.19
2000-067.734.003.73
2000-077.664.003.66
2000-087.514.103.41
2000-097.353.903.45
2000-107.353.903.45
2000-117.353.903.45
2000-127.293.903.39
2001-017.934.203.73Bush, G.W.
2001-027.734.203.53
2001-037.224.302.92
2001-047.674.403.27
2001-057.924.303.62
2001-067.754.503.25Tax Relief & Reconciliation Act of 2001, dec.
2001-077.324.602.72
2001-087.624.902.72
2001-097.655.002.659/11 terrorist attack
2001-107.435.302.13US enters Afghanistan War
2001-117.405.501.90
2001-127.255.701.55
2002-016.845.701.14
2002-026.845.701.14
2002-037.185.701.48
2002-047.545.901.64
2002-056.985.801.18
2002-066.875.801.07
2002-077.265.801.46
2002-087.505.701.80
2002-097.215.701.51
2002-107.735.702.03
2002-118.105.902.20
2002-128.386.002.38
2003-018.405.802.60
2003-028.885.902.98Shuttle Columbia Disaster
2003-038.925.903.02US enters Iraq War
2003-048.226.002.22
2003-058.166.102.06Tax Relief & Reconciliation Act of 2003, dec.
2003-068.416.302.11
2003-078.316.202.11
2003-088.266.102.16
2003-098.426.102.32
2003-108.046.002.04
2003-117.575.801.77
2003-127.585.701.88
2004-017.635.701.93
2004-027.295.601.69
2004-037.545.801.74
2004-047.895.602.29
2004-058.655.603.05
2004-068.875.603.27
2004-078.495.502.99
2004-088.055.402.65
2004-097.945.402.54
2004-108.695.503.19
2004-118.925.403.52
2004-128.665.403.26
2005-018.275.302.97
2005-028.415.403.01
2005-038.355.203.15
2005-048.715.203.51
2005-057.905.102.80
2005-067.535.002.53
2005-078.175.003.17
2005-088.544.903.64
2005-099.695.004.69
2005-109.355.004.35
2005-118.465.003.46
2005-128.324.903.42
2006-018.694.703.99
2006-028.404.803.60
2006-038.064.703.36
2006-048.254.703.55
2006-058.774.604.17
2006-068.924.604.32
2006-078.854.704.15
2006-088.524.703.82
2006-096.564.502.06
2006-105.714.401.31
2006-116.474.501.97
2006-126.944.402.54
2007-016.684.602.08
2007-026.924.502.42
2007-037.184.402.78
2007-047.074.502.57
2007-057.094.402.69
2007-067.294.602.69
2007-077.064.702.36Min. Wage = $5.85
2007-086.574.601.97
2007-097.464.702.76
2007-108.244.703.54
2007-119.014.704.31
2007-129.085.004.08
2008-019.285.004.28
2008-028.934.904.03
2008-039.085.103.98
2008-048.945.003.94
2008-059.585.404.18
2008-0610.625.605.02
2008-0711.405.805.60Min. Wage = $6.55
2008-0811.476.105.37
2008-0911.046.104.94
2008-1010.166.503.66
2008-117.876.801.07
2008-127.397.300.09
2009-017.837.800.03Obama
2009-028.548.300.24
2009-038.328.70
2009-048.168.90
2009-058.129.40
2009-068.079.50
2009-077.409.50Min. Wage = $7.25
2009-088.129.60
2009-098.519.80
2009-109.8210.00
2009-1111.749.901.84
2009-1212.629.902.72
2010-0112.339.702.63
2010-0211.949.802.14
2010-0312.119.802.31
2010-0412.149.902.24
2010-0511.629.602.02
2010-0610.459.401.05
2010-0710.749.501.24
2010-0810.759.601.15US exits Iraq War
2010-0910.649.501.14
2010-1010.679.501.17
2010-1110.949.801.14
2010-1210.909.401.50
2011-0110.739.101.63
2011-0211.119.002.11
2011-0311.588.902.68
2011-0412.169.003.16
2011-0512.579.003.57
2011-0612.669.103.56
2011-0712.739.103.63
2011-0812.879.103.77
2011-0912.879.003.87
2011-1012.438.903.53
2011-1112.098.703.39
2011-1211.468.502.96
2012-0111.238.302.93
2012-0211.178.302.87
2012-0310.858.202.65
2012-0410.408.102.30
2012-059.908.201.70
2012-069.868.201.66
2012-079.718.301.41
2012-089.798.101.69
2012-099.797.801.99
2012-1010.067.902.16
2012-119.467.701.76
2012-129.547.801.74
2013-019.497.901.59
2013-029.687.701.98
2013-039.077.601.47
2013-048.567.501.06
2013-058.967.601.36
2013-069.357.601.75
2013-079.367.401.96
2013-088.827.301.52
2013-098.387.201.18
2013-108.267.300.96
2013-118.247.001.24
2013-128.206.701.50
2014-018.186.601.58
2014-027.836.701.13
2014-038.216.701.51
2014-048.256.301.95
2014-058.436.302.13
2014-068.176.102.07
2014-078.196.201.99
2014-087.806.101.70
2014-097.565.901.66

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