Jobs Recovery Leaves Those Who Lack College Degrees Behind

The uneven U.S. recovery isn't lifting all boats. For those with college degrees, jobs are plentiful, while for those with high school education or less, they're nearly nonexistent. This is America's real inequality problem. Add a comment

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Slips in May

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index slipped 1.6 points, or 3.1% in May, posting a reading of 49.7 vs. 51.3 in April.  The index is 2.0 points above its 12-month average of 47.7, 5.3 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 0.5 points above its all-time average of 49.2.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Rebounds in April

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index gained 2.2 points, or 4.5% in April, posting a reading of 51.3 vs. 49.1 in March.  The index is 3.9 points above its 12-month average of 47.4, 6.9 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 2.1 points above its all-time average of 49.2.

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Working Class Gives Up On Obama, Fears Job Losses

In what could be a significant opening for the Republican Party, working-class Americans have largely abandoned President Obama and rejected his economic policies as they continue to suffer from the historically weak economic recovery, a new analysis of IBD/TIPP Poll data finds. Add a comment

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With Soaring Gas Prices, West Bucks Rising Optimism

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index rose to start March, as Americans in most of the country were much more upbeat about their own financial outlooks. But out West, pessimism has intensified as California gas prices rise at the fastest pace in at least 15 years.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Brightens in March

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index gained 1.6 points, or 3.4% in March, posting a reading of 49.1 vs. 47.5 in February.  The index is 2.0 points above its 12-month average of 47.1, 4.7 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 0.1 points below its all-time average of 49.2. Add a comment

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GDP rising: Is middle-class prosperity rising, too?

The US economy grew in the final quarter of last year at a 2.2 percent rate, according to revised estimates that make 2014 the strongest year for economic growth since an initial postrecession rebound in 2010.

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Economic Optimism Index Dives Among Middle Class: Poll

Just weeks after President Obama proclaimed that America had turned the corner and his "middle class economics" was working, the public is more pessimistic than they've been in months, and few think Obama's policies have significantly helped the middle class, the latest IBD/TIPP poll finds.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Falls in February

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index declined 4.0 points, or 7.8% in February, posting a reading of 47.5 vs. 51.5 in January.  The index is 0.8 points above its 12-month average of 46.7, 3.1 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 1.7 points below its all-time average of 49.2.

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Consumer Confidence Edges Down In February

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index dropped by 0.3 points, or 0.7% in February, posting a reading of 44.9 vs. 45.2 in January. The index is 0.4 points above its 12-month average of 44.5, 0.5 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 4.5 points below its all-time average of 49.4.

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IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index Hits 26-Month High

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index shot up in January to its first positive reading since October 2012 as cheaper gasoline and stronger job growth give consumers the ability and desire to step up spending. Add a comment

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Hits Record High Thanks to Low Gasoline Prices

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index gained 3.1 points, or 6.4% in January, posting a reading of 51.5 vs. 48.4 in December.  The index is 5.0 points above its 12-month average of 46.5, 7.1 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 2.3 points above its all-time average of 49.2.

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Obama talks up US 'resurgence.' Will his more positive economic message sell?

In recent days, President Obama has shifted his tone on the US economy, emphasizing more strongly the progress that’s been made since he took office. Add a comment

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Economic Mood Brightens, Thumbs Down For Gas Tax Hike

The recession technically ended 5-1/2 years ago, but the public is only now — in the wake of falling gasoline prices and the GOP election victory last November — starting to believe it, the latest IBD/TIPP Poll shows. Add a comment

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Americans' new mood about economy: It’s actually pretty good

For the first time since the Great Recession, polls are finding a majority of Americans with positive feelings about the economy. Add a comment

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Consumer Confidence Brightens in December

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index gained 2.0 points, or 4.3% in December, posting a reading of 48.4 vs. 46.4 in November.  The index is 2.4 points above its 12-month average of 46.0, 4.0 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 0.8 points below its all-time average of 49.2. Add a comment

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Despite Gains In Jobs, Americans Aren't Convinced

Businesses hired 214,000 net new workers in October, and the unemployment rate fell to its lowest since the financial crisis. All in all, not a bad employment report. So why are Americans so disgruntled? Add a comment

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Consumer Confidence Improves in November

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index gained 1.2 points, or 2.7% in November, posting a reading of 46.4 vs. 45.2 in October.  The index is 0.8 points above its 12-month average of 45.6, 2.0 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 2.8 points below its all-time average of 49.2.

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US economy continues upward trend, contrary to many voters' perceptions

The US economy grew at steady pace of 3.5 percent in the third quarter, a sign of progress against a backdrop of concerns about slow wage growth and difficulties for the wider global economy. Add a comment

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Consumer Confidence Steady in October

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index maintained its September reading of 45.2 in October.  The index is 0.1 points above its 12-month average of 45.1, 0.8 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 4.0 points below its all-time average of 49.2. Add a comment

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