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Floridians’ consumer confidence jumps in January – Sun-sentinel * coral springs realtor jennyformiamihome / 마이애미 한인 부동산 jennformiamihome *

By Donna Gehrke-White South Florida Sun Sentinel11:10 a.m. EST, January 31, 2012

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Floridians’ consumer confidence  jumped in January with many showing the same level of optimism they had a year ago before their hopes were sunk with a faltering economy, a University of Florida survey found.

The UF poll found that overall confidence surged this month, up seven points from a revised December reading of 70.

A lower unemployment rate in the Sunshine State as well as rising housing prices and stock market investments may have helped boost Floridians’ spirits, said Chris McCarty, director of UF’s Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research. He said Floridians’ more upbeat attitude matched other Americans’: A University of Michigan survey found U.S. consumer confidence shot up from 69.9 in December to 75 in January. “Consumer confidence in Florida is now back to the level it was in January 2011,” said McCarty. “We are beginning the year with the same pattern as last year where there were relatively steady increases in confidence from the end of the summer with a surge to 77 in January 2011.”

In fact, the overall perception among Florida survey takers that they are better off financially than they were a year ago rose four points to 60, the highest figure since March 2008 when the U.S. economy began to falter. Floridians’ expectations that their personal finances will improve by this time next year also rose eight points to 86.

In addition, confidence in the nation’s economy over the next year jumped 14 points to 74. Floridians were also optimistic about the U.S. economy, surging 10 points to 83.

Only when it came to deciding if the present is a good time to buy big-ticket items such as an automobile or a refrigerator, did confidence among respondents fall  four points to 81.

“While many aspects of the economy are better this year, it remains to be seen whether this level of confidence will be sustained,” McCarty said. 

The biggest threat to the Florida’s economy — and the entire nation’s — is a recession in Europe, he added.

 The index is bench marked to 1966, so a value of 100 represents the same level of confidence for that year. The lowest index possible is a 2; the highest is 150.

The UF survey was conducted between Jan. 2 and Jan. 25, and reflects the responses of 420 individuals statewide.

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