Notice a certain confidence in your walk these days?
U.S. consumers' confidence in the economy is at its highest level since May 2011, according to Gallup.
But that's not a huge surprise. The weekly rating by the polling company has trended upward since this summer, and it has happened before.
“Americans’ views of current economic conditions are about the same as what they were at the comparable time in the prior two years,” Gallup said in a statement. The company said that in 2010 and 2011, confidence in the economy waned as the year progressed.
But there is a chance it will stick this time. Gallup chief economist Dennis Jacobe said that good news about unemployment and jobless claims, along with the general perception that the economy is getting better, is helping drive increased consumer confidence.