Consumer confidence index rose 1.6 points in April to 65.4.
February’s 72.0, April was the best reading of the recovery. Improvement in the jobs market was the reason for the gain. Headline was a 2.6 percentage point drop in those saying jobs are currently hard to get to 41.8 percent. Consumers are seeing improvement in the economy as more anticipate their income increasing six months out, 16.7 percent versus 15.2 in March.