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Tags: atlanta | fed | gdp | estimate | economy

Atlanta Fed Slashes GDP Estimate to 3.3 Percent

Atlanta Fed Slashes GDP Estimate to 3.3 Percent
(Dollar Photo Club)

Saturday, 04 November 2017 05:22 PM

The U.S. economy is on track to grow at a 3.3 percent annualized pace in the fourth quarter based on the latest data on U.S. payrolls and business inventories, the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDPNow forecast model showed on Friday.

The latest estimate for fourth-quarter gross domestic product growth was slower than the 4.5 percent growth rate calculated on Wednesday, the Atlanta Fed said.

Meanwhile, U.S. job growth accelerated in October after hurricane-related disruptions in the prior month, but wages grew at their slowest annual pace in more than 1-1/2 years in a sign that inflation probably will remain benign.

Nonfarm payrolls increased by 261,000 last month as 106,000 leisure and hospitality workers returned to work, the Labor Department said in its closely watched employment report on Friday. That was the largest gain since July 2016 but below economists’ expectations for a jump of 310,000 jobs.

Data for September was revised to show a gain of 18,000 jobs instead of a decline of 33,000 as previously reported.

The White House, which is pushing a Republican-backed package of tax cuts to boost economic growth and employment, trumpeted the payrolls gains. “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!” President Donald Trump tweeted after the release of the report.

But Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, said in a statement that the report showed Americans were continuing to be denied bigger paychecks by Republicans’ “billionaires-first agenda.”

Average hourly earnings slipped one cent in October, leaving them unchanged in percentage terms, in part due to the return of the lower-paid leisure and hospitality workers. Wages shot up 0.5 percent in September. They were up 2.4 percent on a year-on-year basis last month, the smallest gain since February 2016, after a 2.8 percent advance in the prior month.

October’s job growth acceleration reinforced the Federal Reserve’s assessment on Wednesday that “the labor market has continued to strengthen,” and the sluggish wage data did little to change expectations it will raise interest rates in December.

The U.S. central bank has increased rates twice this year.

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The latest estimate for fourth-quarter gross domestic product growth was slower than the 4.5 percent growth rate calculated on Wednesday, the Atlanta Fed said.
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