U.S. consumer sentiment increased in August slightly to 69.6 from 67.8 in July, the survey’s lowest level since November 2009, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s Surveys of Consumers. The sentiment index is only several points above where it was in 2009 as consumers worry about job growth and income. “The gain was too small to represent a meaningful improvement,” Richard Curtin, director of the surveys, said in a statement. “Consumers have increasingly come to expect lackluster income and job growth for an extended period of time.” The survey’s barometer of current economic conditions increased 78.3 in August from 76.5 in July, while expectations were for it to remain unchanged. The survey’s gauge of consumer expectations rose to 64.1 from 62.3 in July. Analysts had predicted a reading of 63.7. The measure on consumers’ 12-month economic outlook edged up to 69 from 66 in July. The survey’s one-year inflation expectations measure inched up to 2.8 from 2.7 in July.