Consumer Confidence with Caruso..


Recently I read about The Consumer Confidence Survey which is based on a representative sample of 5,000 U.S. households. There were some inceases, but also decreases as well. Consumer confidence, while slightly improved from September levels, is still hovering at historically low levels. Consumers’ assessment of the current state of the economy is relatively unchanged, primarily because labor market conditions have yet to significantly improve. And, despite the uptick in Expectations, consumers continue to be quite concerned about the short-term outlook. Both present and future indicators point toward more of the same in the coming months. Consumers’ appraisal of current conditions was somewhat mixed in October. Those claiming business conditions are “bad” decreased to 41.9 percent from 46.0 percent, while those claiming business conditions are “good” edged up to 8.5 percent from 8.2 percent. Consumers’ assessment of the labor market, however, was less favorable in October. Those claiming jobs are “hard to get” rose to 46.1 percent from 45.8 percent, while those stating jobs are “plentiful” decreased to 3.5 percent from 3.8 percent. Consumers’ expectations, while still quite bleak, were less pessimistic in October. Those expecting an improvement in business conditions over the next six months rose to 16.0 percent from 15.0 percent, while those expecting business conditions will worsen declined to 14.1 percent from 16.6 percent. Consumers were mixed about future job prospects. The percentage of consumers anticipating fewer jobs in the months ahead declined to 22.0 percent from 22.6 percent. However, the percentage anticipating more jobs declined to 14.1 percent from 14.5 percent. The proportion of consumers expecting an increase in their incomes declined to 9.1 percent from 10.3 percent. And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection. http://www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com Best regards, Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI 2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 753-7900

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