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Consumer confidence closed out 2015 on a high note amid solid job growth and falling gas prices, according to a report by USA Today.

A closely watched index of Americans’ outlook climbed to 96.5 in December from 92.6 the previous month, the Conference Board said Monday (Dec. 28). Economists expected a rise to 93.6.

Regular unleaded gas is cheap, recently dipping below $2 a gallon. And employers added 211,000 jobs in November after a robust 298,000 gains the previous month. Such developments typically brighten consumer perceptions of the economy and their finances.

At the same time, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates earlier this month for the first time in nearly a decade, a move likely to increase borrowing costs for Americans while providing them modestly higher bank savings rates after a lag of several months.

While consumer views of current conditions was mixed, the share saying that jobs are “plentiful” increased from 21% to 24.1%. Those describing jobs as “hard to get” fell from 25.8% to 24.7%.

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