Economic sentiment among consumers rebounded slightly over the past two weeks, rising 0.2 points to 46.9, according to the HPS-CivicScience Economic Sentiment Index (ESI). Despite declining confidence in the labor market, the housing market, and making a major purchase, the index achieved modest gains thanks to increasing confidence in the broader U.S. economy and personal finances. Heading into the 2016 election, consumer confidence remains marginally below its 12-month average of 47.1.
Consumer confidence in personal finances increased dramatically, correcting the last reading’s decline, rising 5.2 points to 60.6. This is the indicator’s highest level since January 2016. Confidence in the broader U.S. economy also increased, rising for the fifth consecutive reading to 44.1. Economic sentiment toward the labor market, the housing market, and making a major purchase declined by more than 1.0 point across all three indicators. Consumer confidence in the housing market continued to fall, declining by 1.7 points to 48.1, its lowest level in more than 12 months. Confidence in making a major purchase fell 1.8 points to 46.1, while confidence in the labor market fell 1.2 points to 35.7.
During the two-week period, the index’s three-day rolling average increased 1.6 points, from 46.2 on Wednesday, October 19, to 47.8 on Tuesday, November 1. Despite falling to 45.2 on Tuesday, October 25, the ESI quickly recovered in the following days, rising to its peak of 48.5 on Monday, October 31. The ESI ended the reading with a slight declining, finishing at 47.8.
The next release of the ESI will be November 15.
About the Index
The HPS-CivicScience Economic Sentiment Index (“ESI”) is a “living” index that measures U.S. adults’ expectations for the economy going forward, as well as their feelings about current conditions for major purchases. The primary goal of the Index is to accurately measure movements in overall national economic sentiment, and to provide a more sophisticated alternative to existing economic sentiment indices. Unlike other prominent indices that release consumer sentiment estimates infrequently, the HPS-CivicScience Index is updated in real time as responses are collected continuously every hour, every day. Large-scale cross-tabulation of survey responses and consumer attributes enable more granular analyses than are currently possible through prevailing measures.
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