US economic confidence inching up
Gallup's Economic Confidence Index averaged -15 for the week ending April 6. This reading is similar to the recent week's average of -16 but is higher than the -20 recorded in early March, the low point so far for 2014. Though Americans' views of the economy were stagnant at the end of March, their optimism may have picked up in recent weeks, as suggested by their collective perception of an improving job market. Weekly index increases over the past month have been slight, but steady, and amount to a five-point gain since early March.
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