Between the second and third quarters of 2015, the general level of misery experienced by people in the United States decreased and remains well below the 2014 level. This can be attributed to a small decrease in the unemployment rate, low levels of inflation and increases in housing prices. The level of misery in Kansas decreased slightly between the second and third quarters and remains somewhat below the 2014 level.
The Misery Index, as calculated by the Center for Economic Development and Business Research (CEDBR), includes the following components:
- The Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
- The House Price Index (HPI) from the Federal Housing Finance Agency
- Unemployment Rates (UR) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics