The American consumer is unsure about the future

One of the questions on the New York Fed’s monthly Survey of Consumer Expectations asks respondents how they expect their household spending to change over the next year.

This has been a very jumpy indicator in the last several months, falling to a new low in December before starting an upswing early this year.

After a big spike in this indicator in February, respondents in March expected their household spending to grow just 3.39% over the following year. That rebounded a little bit last month, with the median respondent in April planning on a 3.53% increase in household spending over the next year.

Consumers are a huge part of the American economy, with household consumption making up about 69% of GDP. The decisions consumers make about spending have a huge impact on the overall economy.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from New York Fed