Consumer Confidence Increases for 7th Straight Month in Florida

A University of Florida study indicated a rise in Florida consumer confidence for the seventh month in a row, mainly due to positivity with personal finances. In 1966, the index was set to an arbitrary level of 100, and ranges between 2 and 150. This past month, the consumer confidence index rose over a point to reach 94.7. The index for personal finances made a major jump this month, rising 7.6 points to 85.1. This is the highest level since June 2006, and is expected to grow to 101.6 a year from now. Compared to U.S. expectations for consumer confidence, Florida’s index is expected to outperform the rest of the country. With ever increasing home prices, rising gas prices, and a $1 billion state budget surplus, Florida’s consumers are able place more confidence in the state’s economy.

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Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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