High Inflation is No Longer Only Risk for U.S. Economy: Fed Chair Powell

by Courtenay Brown
Axios

Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell told lawmakers on Tuesday that a weakening labor market is just as much a risk to the economy as high inflation.

Why it matters: In recent months, Fed officials have said they want to see more economic data that confirms inflation is receding before lowering interest rates. But Powell acknowledges that waiting too long to do so could unnecessarily harm the economy and job market.

What they’re saying: “[I]n light of the progress made both in lowering inflation and in cooling the labor market over the past two years, elevated inflation is not the only risk we face,” Powell told the Senate Banking Committee hearing.

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