Annual Economic Stress Index

Year U6 GDP Income Stress
2018 Through Nov 7.27 - 2.81 - 2.5 = 1.96
2017 8.53 - 2.2 - 1.8 = 4.53
2016 9.7 - 1.6 - 3.2 = 4.90
2015 10.5 - 2.9 - 5.2 = 2.40
2014 12 - 2.5 - -1.5 = 11.00
2013 13.8 - 1.8 - 0.3 = 11.70
2012 14.7 - 2.2 - 0 = 12.50
2011 15.9 - 1.6 - -1.5 = 15.80
2010 16.7 - 2.6 - -2.3 = 16.40
2009 16.2 - -2.5 - 0 = 18.70
2008 10.5 - -0.1 - -3.6 = 14.20
2007 8.3 - 1.9 - 1.3 = 5.10
2006 8.2 - 2.9 - 0.7 = 4.60
2005 8.9 - 3.5 - 1.1 = 4.30
2004 9.6 - 3.8 - 0 = 5.80
2003 10.1 - 2.9 - 0 = 7.20
2002 9.6 - 1.7 - -1.1 = 9.00
2001 8.1 - 1 - -2.2 = 9.30
2000 7 - 4.1 - 0 = 2.90
1999 7.4 - 4.7 - 2.7 = 0.00
1998 8 - 4.4 - 3.5 = 0.10
1997 8.9 - 4.5 - 1.9 = 2.50
1996 9.7 - 3.8 - 1.2 = 4.70
1995 10.1 - 2.7 - 2.7 = 4.70
1994 10.9 - 4 - 0 = 6.90
1993 10.2 - 2.7 - -1 = 8.50
1992 10.8 - 3.7 - 0 = 7.10
1991 10 - -0.1 - -3.5 = 13.60
1990 8.2 - 1.9 - -1.7 = 8.00
1989 7.9 - 3.7 - 1.3 = 2.90
1988 8.4 - 4.2 - 0 = 4.20
1987 9.3 - 3.5 - 0 = 5.80
1986 10.3 - 3.5 - 4.2 = 2.60
1985 10.6 - 4.2 - 1.7 = 4.70
1984 11.2 - 7.3 - 2.8 = 1.10
1983 13.9 - 4.6 - 1.6 = 7.70
1982 14 - -1.9 - -1.4 = 17.30
1981 10.8 - 2.6 - -3.5 = 11.70
1980 10.1 - -0.2 - -5.5 = 15.80
1979 8.2 - 3.2 - -1 = 6.00
1978 8.5 - 5.6 - 3 = -0.10
1977 9.8 - 4.6 - 0.1 = 5.10
1976 10.5 - 5.4 - 2 = 3.10
1975 11.6 - -0.2 - 3 = 8.80
1974 7.9 - -0.5 - -5 = 13.40
1973 7 - 5.6 - 2.1 = -0.70
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U6 Explanation

The U-6 counts the regular unemployed (known as the official Unemployment Rate or U-3), plus those marginally attached to the workforce (halfway looking for jobs), plus those who have part time jobs because they can’t find full-time jobs due to the state of the economy. The monthly Economic Stress Index uses a rolling 3-month average of the Seasonally Unadjusted U-6.

GDP Explanation

The percent change in GDP of the latest quarter compared to the same quarter a year earlier. In the Annual section it is the annual percent change in GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the current year compared to the year before.

Income Explanation

The three month average income level change from the same three months a year earlier. In the Annual section, it is the income level change of the current year compared to the proceeding year. The monthly numbers are from Sentier Research. The Annual number is preliminary until the Census releases its annual report.