Keep living in the republican and conservative bubble while the rest of the country continue on the road to recovery.

Consumer confidence rose to a five-year high in October, another report today showed, suggesting that gains in spending can be sustained as the real-estate revival bolsters household finances.

The unemployment rate dropped to a three-year low of 7.8 percent in September from 8.1 percent in August. Payrolls rose 114,000 after climbing 142,000. Jobs data for October are due from the Labor Department on Nov. 2, four days before the election.

Retail sales in September and August had the best back-to- back showing since late 2010 as shoppers snapped up goods from cars to Apple Inc.ís iPhones. Target Corp. (TGT), the second-biggest U.S. discounter, was among chains topping analystsí estimates for same-store sales last month.