Can US avoid a recession? As inflation eases, optimism rises
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – For months, the outlook for the U.S. economy has been a mostly bleak one: Inflation hitting a four-decade high, consumer spending weakening, interest rates surging.
Most economists penciled in a recession for 2023. An economic downturn is still possible.
Yet in recent weeks, with inflation showing widespread signs of easing, a more cheerful view has gained traction: Maybe a recession isn’t inevitable after all.
One reason for the tentative optimism is evidence that an acceleration in U.S. wages, which has benefited workers but also heightened inflation, is slowing.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has frequently pointed to fast-rising worker pay to explain why the Fed has had to raise interest rates so aggressively.
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1/11/2023 3:53:10 PM (GMT -6:00)