The Rocky Mountain region has scored the biggest gains in consumer confidence over the last year, according to an analysis released today by The Conference Board. This area – which includes Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Nevada – has also registered solid increases in help-wanted job advertising in key cities in this region. The Conference Board's widely watched consumer confidence index for this region has climbed from 68.8 to 103.4 over the last year (from February 2003 to February 2004). From January 2003 to January 2004, The Conference Board's help-wanted job advertising index for the region – a major barometer of America's job market – advanced from 62 to 68. "Nothing is more important to consumers than the health of the job market," said Conference Board Economist Ken Goldstein. "Two of the top three metro areas in America, in terms of employment increases over the past year, are in the Rocky Mountain states (Las Vegas...
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