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Siena Poll: Consumer Confidence Rising in Utica

Consumer confidence increased in eight New York state metropolitan areas in the second quarter, according to the latest Quarterly Consumer Sentiment survey from the Siena College Research Institute.

Central New Yorkers are more confident about their immediate financial wellbeing than at any time in years, according to the Siena poll released Thursday. Siena Research Institute Founding Director Doug Lonnstrom says the New York City region had the highest overall consumer confidence of the nine, while the Binghamton region ranked lowest.  Lonnstrom adds Albany is doing well.

The Siena survey found that statewide, consumers don't feel as positive about the future, likely due to continued concerns about the job market. Dan Moran with NextAct of Colonie monitors jobs, and while he sees the rising tide of consumer confidence news in Utica as a good sign, he's pleasantly surprised by a rise in job postings in New York state.

Moran notes that job postings nationally dropped sharply during the same period. He adds that the Capital Region continues to outpace Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, all larger markets with more employers and population.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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