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New home in Los Angeles, California on March 19, 2014.

Photograph by Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

New home in Los Angeles, California on March 19, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 83

The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index advanced to 83 this month. The index improved from 81.7 in April to its second-highest level since 2008, when a credit crisis took hold. “It looks like we’re getting a little bit of momentum....

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Auto mechanics at a small shop in the Queens borough of New York City.

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Auto mechanics at a small shop in the Queens borough of New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 95.2

The National Federation of Independent Business’s Small Business Optimism Index rose to 95.2 last month, a post-recession high. The index improved from 93.4 in March to its highest level since 2007, before a credit crisis took hold. While the NFIB...

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Students training to become electrical linemen ascend poles during class at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College on March 12, 2014.

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Students training to become electrical linemen ascend poles during class at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College on March 12, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 4.6

On its current trendline, the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index would reach its pre-recession level in 4.6 years. Based on its growth rate since June 2009, when the recession officially ended, the index would finally reach its pre-recession reading of 45.3...

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A job fair attendee  in Los Angeles.

Photograph by Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

A job fair attendee in Los Angeles.

Jobs Euphoria? Americans Not Feeling it

Before we get too optimistic about Friday’s jobs report, consumers are taking some air out of the balloon. The New York-based Conference Board today reported that its consumer confidence index slipped in April from a six-year high a month earlier....

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Shoppers at a dealership in New York City.

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Shoppers at a dealership in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -30.1

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index averaged minus 30.1 in the first three months of this year. That’s the strongest first-quarter rating for the consumer sentiment gauge since 2007, before the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression took hold. The...

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A salesman assists a customer at the GEARYS Rodeo Drive Rolex Group store in Beverly Hills on Dec. 9, 2013.

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

A salesman assists a customer at the GEARYS Rodeo Drive Rolex Group store in Beverly Hills on Dec. 9, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -28.4

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to minus 28.4 in the week ended Jan. 5. The index, which asks Americans to rate the national economy, the buying climate and their personal finances, improved from minus 28.7. “Growing employment opportunities, higher...

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