The num­bers track closely with state fig­ures released ear­lier this month.

There has been fairly steady job gains … and that has improved incomes of house­holds,” North­eastern Uni­ver­sity econ­o­mist Alan Clayton-​​Matthews said. “The improving housing market also has been a big factor … and that’s improving house­holds’ wealth as well as confidence.”

But though the stock market also has boosted retire­ment sav­ings, he warned, “we’re not totally out of the woods yet.”

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