A new Siena College survey shows a rise in consumer confidence in Rochester and around the state.
The survey for the fourth quarter of last year shows that consumer sentiment was up strongly in every region of the state despite the fact those numbers started to slip in December.
Pollster Don Levy says Rochester ranked number two among the state's metro regions in both overall confidence numbers and current confidence. He says more people seem to be interested in buying items like cars, computers and furniture.
Levy says Rochester, New York City and Albany have crossed a break-even point, and the numbers now show that people in this area are what the pollsters refer to as 'optimistic territory' in terms of consumer confidence.