NSW consumers are feeling more confident because of a pick up in the jobs market, stable governance, and lower interest rates, the state government says.
NSW Treasurer Mike Baird said a survey out on Wednesday showed consumers across the state were almost 17 per cent more confident than a year ago, and 6.7 per cent more upbeat than the decade average.
He said the Westpac/Melbourne Institute Consumer Sentiment Index for March showed a 2.1 per cent increase in NSW, following a rise of 6.7 per cent last month.
Mr Baird said the positive data came after "challenging economic conditions over the past year".
"It appears that the combination of a stronger jobs market, a stable government and lower interest rates, is making the people of NSW feel a lot more positive," Mr Baird said in a statement.
"This is good for the economy and good for the state."
He said the biggest pick up in confidence related to the state's five-year economic outlook.
"This indicates consumers are feeling increasingly confident about the long-term future in NSW," he said.