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The Federal Reserve recently announced that it will be keeping interest rates unchanged for the time being. However, they did provide some updates on their assessment of the US economy. In their statement, the Fed upgraded their assessment of the economy to “strong” in the third quarter, compared to “solid” in September.
While job gains have “moderated” according to the central bank, they still remain strong overall. The unemployment rate has also remained low, indicating a healthy job market. Additionally, the Fed noted that inflation levels remain elevated.
This updated characterization of the economy comes after recent third quarter GDP data showed impressive growth of 4.9% on an annualized rate. This growth was largely driven by strong consumer spending, particularly in the retail sector.
Looking ahead, the Fed reiterated that future rate hikes would depend on the impact of previous rate hikes, as well as other economic developments. The decision to keep rates steady was unanimous among the committee members.
The Fed’s statement concluded by emphasizing their commitment to monitoring incoming information and adjusting monetary policy as necessary to ensure the attainment of their goals.
Overall, this update from the Fed reflects a positive outlook on the US economy and highlights the strength of various economic indicators.