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Optimism About the Economy Down in First Quarter

March 30, 2022

Optimism about the U.S. economy fell in the first quarter. When survey participants were asked between March 7 and 18 to rate their optimism about the overall U.S. economy, the average index was 54.8, well down from the 60.3 reading in the fourth quarter of 2021. When asked to rate their optimism about the financial prospects of their own firms, optimism was relatively unchanged, edging down to 69.6 from the fourth quarter reading of 70.8.

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