As the COVID-19 pandemic disruptions to the economy continued to ease in the second quarter of 2021 the Anchorage Consumer Optimism index (ANCi) saw marked improvement from the recent lowest levels recorded since the survey was established in 2010. 3rd quarter saw the Delta variant surge destroy all the gains seen in Q2. At 46.5 in Q3 the ANCi is now down 7.9 points from Q2 and is now categorized as just within the “Unsure” range of between 45 and 55. This is the lowest level for the ANCi since the first quarter of 2021. The more stable six-month moving average decreased to 50.5, a marked increase in the overall trend of the index.
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