Economic Stress Index by Decade

Decade Stress
2011 - 2017 9.07
2001 - 2010 9.57
1991 - 2000 5.10
1981 - 1990 6.60
1973 - 1980 6.42

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 Economic Stress Index uses a rolling 3-month average of the U-6.

GDP Explanation

The year-over-year/12 month percent change in U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Income Explanation

The year-over-year change in estimated Household Income based on a three month moving average.