Thursday, November 3, 2011
November 2nd Statement from Board of Governors of Federal Reserve System
Link to full 11/2/2011 news release.
Excerpt: (1st paragraph in bite-sized pieces with bold highlights.)
Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in September indicates that economic growth strengthened somewhat in the third quarter, reflecting in part a reversal of the temporary factors that had weighed on growth earlier in the year.
Nonetheless, recent indicators point to continuing weakness in overall labor market conditions, and the unemployment rate remains elevated.
[Less income, less spending, fewer taxes paid.]
Household spending has increased at a somewhat faster pace in recent months.
Business investment in equipment and software has continued to expand, but investment in nonresidential structures is still weak, and the housing sector remains depressed.
Inflation appears to have moderated since earlier in the year as prices of energy and some commodities have declined from their peaks. Longer-term inflation expectations have remained stable.