More Loans Reflect Consumer Confidence on the Rise

Consumers Using their Cards More

Consumer confidence in the US economy may be rising, if increasing use of credit cards and other forms of borrowing is any indication.

More Car and College Loans

October saw consumers borrowing more for the second straight month taking more loans to buy more cars and to pay college fees. They seem to be charging more as well to their credit cards. The increase in buying points to the chance that consumers are more comfortable with the economy and are willing to spend more in expectation of the coming holiday season.

Borrowing Going Up!

The Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday that consumer borrowing went up by $7.6 billion. The gains of September and October reversed what had been a continuing steep decline in borrowing since August, when it fell by its largest amount in 16 months.

Unemployment Coming Down

There are other signs of an improved overall economy in the US. In November the unemployment rate went down to 8.6%, its lowest in two and a half years. There have also been 100,000 more jobs generated in the last five consecutive months, the first time that has happened since April 2006.

The borrowing report of the Federal Reserve includes car loans, student loans and credit cards. It does not include, home equity loans, mortgages and other loans which are connected to real estate transactions.

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