U.S. Economic News

April 27, 2021

U.S. Economic Indicators

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index rose from 109.0 (revised) in March to 121.7 in April, its highest level since February 2020. The increase in the index was driven by improvement in consumers’ assessment of current business and labor market conditions. Conference Board Report

U.S. News

The Wall Street Journal reports that nearly 1.5 million fewer mothers of school-aged children were actively working in March 2021 compared to February 2020, highlighting the slow recovery of women’s participation in the workforce. Economists worry that the pandemic has exacerbated existing inequities for working mothers by weakening mothers’ ties to the workforce and making it more difficult for them to advance in their careers. WSJ