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Consumer Confidence Index Increases Again, Still at Five-Year High

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had improved in May, increased again in June. The Index now stands at 81.4, up from 74.3 in May. The Present Situation Index increased to 69.2 from 64.8. The Expectations Index improved to 89.5 from 80.6 last month.

Consumers’ assessment of current conditions continued to improve in June. Those stating business conditions are “good” held steady at 19.1%, while those saying business conditions are “bad” decreased to 24.9% from 26.0%. Consumers’ appraisal of the job market was also more positive. Those claiming jobs are “plentiful” increased to 11.7% from 9.9%, while those claiming jobs are “hard to get” edged up to 36.9% from 36.4%.

Consumers’ expectations regarding the short-term outlook improved again in June. Those expecting business conditions to be better over the next six months increased to 20.3% from 18.7%, while those expecting business conditions to worsen decreased to 11.4% from 12.2%.

Outlook for the labor market was also more optimistic. Those anticipating more jobs in the months ahead improved to 19.6% from 16.3%, while those anticipating fewer jobs decreased to 16.1% from 20.0%. The proportion of consumers expecting their incomes to increase dipped slightly to 15.2% from 15.6%, while those expecting a decrease declined to 14.4% from 15.3%.

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