misery index

noun

Definition of misery index

: the sum of the rate of unemployment and the rate of inflation used as an economic indicator

Examples of misery index in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But his personal misery index reached a new plateau during a weekend of record-setting heat. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2021 That original misery index was a simple sum of a nation’s annual inflation rate and its unemployment rate. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 20 June 2021 That original misery index was a simple sum of a nation’s annual inflation rate and its unemployment rate. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 20 June 2021 That original misery index was a simple sum of a nation’s annual inflation rate and its unemployment rate. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 20 June 2021 The first misery index was constructed by economist Arthur Okun in the 1960s to provide President Lyndon Johnson with an easily digestible snapshot of the economy. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 17 Apr. 2021 That original misery index was a simple sum of a nation’s annual inflation rate and its unemployment rate. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 17 Apr. 2021 Here's a look at the teams spiraling downward in the first week of March in the latest edition of the misery index. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 5 Mar. 2021 Case in point: One team that has made frequent appearances in the weekly misery index is Duke. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of misery index

1975, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jul 2021

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“Misery index.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misery%20index. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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