misery index

noun
an unofficial indication of a nation's economic health, derived by adding the percentage rate of inflation to the percentage of unemployed workers: With inflation running at 15 percent and unemployment at 8 percent, the misery index is 23 percent.

Origin:
1975–80

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It comes top of our misery index, which combines two powerful indicators of
  economic gloom-unemployment and inflation.
If the inflation rate is three percent and the unemployment rate is six
  percent, then the misery index is said to be nine percent.
In fact, the country's overall human misery index is among the highest in the
  world.
The misery index is the sum of the civilian unemployment rate and the inflation
  rate.
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