consumer sentiment en Government shutdown hurt confidence in economy, study says <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-2c09d421-f11e-c4bb-2dd9-d54062a4802b"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Americans are less optimistic about the economy in the wake of the partial government shutdown earlier this month.</span></span></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:34:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15002 at Government shutdown hurt confidence in economy, study says Michigan residents more upbeat about Gov. and economy <p>Michiganders are becoming more optimistic about the economy and that positive thinking is adding a bit of extra shine to Gov. Rick Snyder&#39;s image.</p><p>That&#39;s according to <a href="">new results</a> out today from Michigan State University&#39;s State of the State Survey.</p><p>An <a href="">MSU press release</a> says state residents haven&#39;t been this positive about the economy since 2005, with 54 percent of survey participants&nbsp; characterizing their financial situation as &quot;good&quot; or &quot;excellent&quot; and 61 percent expecting things to get even better in the year to come.</p><p>More from MSU:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;The Michigan economy has added 150,000 jobs since the job market bottomed out at the end of 2009,&quot; said Charles Ballard, MSU economics professor and director of the State of the State Survey. &quot;The improvement in the economy is reflected in the brighter mood in our latest survey.&quot;</p><p>The findings are based on the latest quarterly phone survey conducted from Feb. 14 to April 15. A total of 963 Michigan adults were questioned in the survey which has an error rating of +3.16 percent.</p><p>In the fall 2011 survey, conducted from mid-September through early November, only 46.2 percent of those answering the survey called their financial situation &quot;excellent&quot; or &quot;good.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Gov. Snyder&#39;s approval ratings also improved amongst those surveyed, rising to 33 percent compared with 19.3 percent last fall.</p><p><em>- John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Wed, 16 May 2012 21:02:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7501 at Consumer sentiment edges up again - but still at recessionary levels <p>A monthly index of consumer sentiment shows a little&nbsp;improvement for the fourth month in a row.&nbsp;</p><p>The University of Michigan index tracks how people feel about their personal finances, and about the economy.&nbsp;</p><p>Chris Christopher is an economist with I-H-S Global Insight.</p><p>&quot;Unemployment has actually fallen a bit,&quot; says Christopher.&nbsp;&nbsp;&quot;Gas prices are down, things are looking a little&nbsp;easier in terms of inflation, so people are feeling a little more confident.&quot;</p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 22:45:31 +0000 Tracy Samilton 5531 at