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Ick! America's economic signals are wildly mixed

March 4, 2013: 9:15 AM ET

If you feel like economists are pushing and pulling you in different directions lately, it's because they are. I can't get them to agree on what's going on with American consumers right now.

Are we holding up solidly, in spite of the payroll tax hike? Or are we being squeezed by that and higher gas prices?

Here's the rundown on the conflicting signals:

YAY, WE'RE RECOVERING

OMG, WE'RE BEING SQUEEZED

LAGGING INDICATORS

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Annalyn Censky
Annalyn Kurtz
Writer, CNNMoney

Annalyn Kurtz is a senior writer at CNNMoney, where she covers America's jobs crisis, Federal Reserve policy and other economic news. Before joining the site in 2010, she served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Prague and interned at Fortune Small Business magazine. @annalynkurtz

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