Consumer confidence in the United States took a dive in June, reaching its lowest point in seven months. Despite the economy showing signs of growth, Americans are feeling the pinch of higher prices.

The University of Michigan released its latest consumer sentiment survey, revealing a reading of 65.6 for June, down from 69.1 in May. This was lower than the 72 that economists had predicted. Joanne Hsu, the director of the Survey of Consumers, noted that concerns over high prices and weakening incomes led to a decline in assessments of personal finances.

The current conditions index also saw a drop from 69.6 to 62.5, contributing to the overall decline in consumer sentiment for June. Economist Olivia Cross from Capital Economics North America pointed out that households are facing increased struggles due to higher interest rates and elevated consumer prices.

While year-ahead inflation expectations remained flat at 3.3%, it’s important to note that respondents may not have factored in recent positive inflation readings from May. The survey was conducted from May 22 to June 12, with the last day coinciding with the release of May’s Consumer Price Index (CPI), which showed a 3.3% increase from the previous year.

Despite recent data showing some stabilization in inflation and a strong labor market, consumers are still feeling the impact of rising prices. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell acknowledged the disconnect between economic data and public perception, emphasizing the Fed’s efforts to restore price stability and confidence in the economy.

It’s clear that while there are positive indicators in the economy, such as solid growth and low unemployment rates, the reality of high prices is a significant concern for consumers. As the Fed continues to monitor inflation and work towards its 2% target, the hope is that economic conditions will improve for all Americans.