FED CHAIR POWELL HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR BIG STIMULUS, SAYS UNEMPLOYMENT CLOSER TO 10%

Brookings: American Rescue Plan Would Bring Unemployment Rate Down to 3.2% 

Real unemployment rate is likely closer to 10% after factoring in misclassification errors, said Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell in a virtual speech at the Economic Club of New York. Citing the “largest 12-month decline in labor force participation since at least 1948,” Powell stressed the need for more fiscal support for the economy.

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Powell’s remarks are the latest in a series of bad news for the economy without another Covid relief package: 

  • Without additional stimulus from Congress, the U.S. unemployment rate will not fall to pre-pandemic levels until 2024, according to the latest economic projections from the Congressional Budget Office. Read what economists had to say about these numbers here.

  • January’s modest jobs gains weren’t nearly enough to make a dent in the 10 million Americans who remain unemployed. 

  • Nearly 8 million people fell into poverty from June to November of 2020 as the poverty rate jumped 2.4 points — the largest jump since the government began counting 60 years ago.

President Biden’s proposed American Rescue Plan would boost GDP by 4% at the end of 2021, and bring the unemployment rate down to 3.2%, according to Brookings.

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