An index number above 100 indicates a growing economy. Analysis and data collection for the index are done by the Salt Lake City-based The Cicero Group.
Some of the findings from the index included:
• A total of 43 percent of Utahns said current business conditions are good.
• Only 8 percent of Utahns said current business conditions are bad.
• Thirty-one percent of Utahns expect business conditions to improve six months from now, up three percentage points from March.
• Twenty-seven percent of Utahns believe jobs are plentiful
• Eighty-five percent of Utahns think the state government is doing a good or fair job with economic policy; 39 percent think the federal government is doing so.
• Eighty-four percent of Utahns think prices of consumer goods will go up over the next year, with 82 percent thinking gas prices will be higher in that timeframe.
• Only 22 percent of Utahns believe their household income will rise at a rate higher than inflation during the next two years; however, 30 percent believe their household income will increase in the next six months.
Nationally, consumer confidence fell in April over concerns about hiring and business conditions, even though many people foresee a strengthening economy in the months ahead.
The Conference Board says its confidence index dropped to 82.3 from a March reading of 83.9. Despite the decline, consumer sentiment for the past two months has been at its strongest levels since January 2008, when the Great Recession was just beginning.
Conference Board economist Lynn Franco says that consumers became a bit more doubtful about current economic conditions but that their outlook for growth held steady.
Consumer confidence is closely watched because consumer spending accounts for about 70 percent of the U.S. economy.