The original misery index, created by economist Arthur Okun, is an indicator of how the average American citizen is doing economically. The basic premise is that heightened unemployment rates and worsening inflation rates combined, create grave economic and social costs for the country. President Trump premised his successful administration and potential re-elect on a strong economy. The “Trump Misery Index” illustrates the economic and human cost of the Trump administration’s chaotic, haphazard response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inputs and methodology

The Trump Misery Index is a composite measure of the current unemployment rate, the current inflation rate, the aggregate number of COVID-19 cases in the United States and the aggregate number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States. Coronavirus metrics are sourced daily from Johns Hopkins University Research Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Economic figures are sourced from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics as frequently as reported publicly. The Trump Misery Index is calculated by combining the total number of COVID-19 deaths and cases divided by 1000 and then adding the sum of the current unemployment and inflation rates.