Americans have seen their financial woes slowly abate, and now money-related problems have fallen to their lowest level in four years, a report says.
Consumers who reported financial troubles have dropped more than 50% since hitting a peak in September 2009, according to a Tuesday report from Consumer Reports. The index tracking these problems has fallen to its smallest level since April 2009.
Households that earned less than $50,000 and those that raked in more than $100,000 have experienced the largest drops in financial headaches, while middle-class Americans say their money worries got slightly worse last month.
"The data offer a glimpse that consumers may be starting to see and feel the progress of the economic recovery," said Ed Farrell, director of consumer insight at the Consumer Reports National Research Center.