President Trump is beginning a economic revival — and Americans are really starting to feeling it.
In March, consumer confidence skyrocketed to a 16-year high, according to new data released on Tuesday. More specifically, the American middle class registered incredible gains in confidence.
The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index soared to 125.6 in March, up from 116.1 in February. Economists experts had expected a decline to 114.1.
Measures of consumer and business confidence continue to defy experts by climbing ever higher since the election of President Donald Trump. Despite media reports of hate crimes and an ongoing narrative that America has unentered a period of uncertainty and ill-will, surveys of consumers show that Americans are feeling better than they have for nearly all of this century.
The rise in confidence since the election has widespread, cutting across regional and income groups. The biggest rise in confidence came from middle earners. The confidence index for households with incomes between $50,000 and $75,000 has risen from 100.4 prior to the election to 135.2. Households with incomes between $35,000 and $50,000 registered a rise from 79.9 to 113.4. Only those with incomes below $15,000 are less confident now than before the election.
Consumers are more confident about both their present situations and their expectations for the future, according to the Confidence Board. Confidence in the jobs market has improved as well, with those saying jobs are “plentiful” rising while those claiming jobs are “hard to get” falling.
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