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(CNN) Most Americans still say that the economy is in poor shape, but the number who say that conditions are good continues its slow but steady increase from 29% last October to 32% in December, 36% in February of this year, 38% in May and 41% now.
That 41% is the largest number of Americans with a positive view of the economy since Barack Obama became president, and it represents the highest rating for the economy since the last recession officially began in December of 2007.
But a rising tide does not seem to be lifting all boats.
People in the Northeast, Midwest and West all appear to see some improvement in the economy.
The number of Westerners who say the economy is in good shape has nearly doubled, and there are 15-to-18 point gains in the Midwest and Northeast.
But it's a different story in the South, where the number of Southerners who give a thumbs-up to the economy has remained stubbornly stuck at 34%, suggesting either that better times have yet to visit the South or that Southerners have yet to perceive that things are getting better.
There is a small gender difference as well, with economic optimism growing more rapidly among women than men.
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