Economic Sentiment Improves Slightly As Consumers Feel Increasingly Confident In The Labor Market

Consumer confidence increased slightly by 0.4 points to 51.6 during the past two weeks, according to the HPS-CivicScience Economic Sentiment Index (ESI). The rise in confidence continues the ESI’s recent trend of modest improvement, as the index has improved 1.1 points since the June 27 reading. Consumers continue to feel more confident in 2017 than in 2016, with the 2017 ESI average of 51.3 hovering nearly 4.0 points above its 2016 average. The increase in consumer confidence was largely driven by improved confidence in the U.S. labor market and in personal finances, as these indicators rose 1.6 points and 1.5 points to 44.3 and 66.1, respectively.

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Improving economic sentiment toward personal finances brought the indicator to its highest level since March 2017, when it also reached 66.1. The other three ESI indicators experienced modest declines as consumer sentiment toward both the broader U.S. economy and the housing market each dropped by 0.5 points, bringing the indicators to 46.9 and 49.8, respectively. Consumer confidence in making a major purchase also fell, decreasing 0.4 points to 50.8.

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The ESI’s three-day moving average dropped 1.3 points during the two-week reading period. After beginning the period at 52.1, the moving average jumped to its peak of 52.7 during the first week of the reading on Thursday, July 13. The moving average then declined 1.5 points to 51.2 on Monday, July 17, before jumping 1.4 points in one day to reach 52.6 on Tuesday, July 18, the reading’s halfway point. Through the rest of the reading, the moving average declined steadily, falling to its trough of 50.6 on Sunday, July 23. The moving average ended the reading period on a slightly higher note, as it improved 0.2 points to reach 50.8 on the last day.

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The next release of the ESI will be August 8, 2017.

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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