• Compared to national data, regional consumer sentiment is less optimistic overall and less positive about current economic conditions.

• Regional respondents, however, are more optimistic than national respondents about expected economic conditions over the next 5 years.

• Although lower than the national data on some measures, consumer sentiment in the region remains positive in absolute terms.

• Expectations for business conditions in the region over the next year remain positive, with more than 3 out of 4 regional respondents predicting conditions will remain the same or improve over the coming year.

• One-third of regional respondents believe their personal economic situation has improved over the past year, with another 1/2 of respondents indicating their personal economic situation has remained the same over the past year.

• Nearly 44% of regional respondents believe their personal economic situation will improve over the next five-year period, with only 14% believing their personal economic situation will be worse in 5 years.