Yellen Says US Economy Shows No Signs of Recession
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Sunday acknowledged that the U.S. economy is slowing but pushed back against the notion of a recession.
"This is not an economy that is in recession," Yellen said on NBC’s "Meet the Press." "A recession is a broad-based contraction that affects many sectors of the economy. We just don’t have that." The treasury secretary also predicted that the Federal Reserve’s anti-inflation policies will be "successful."
Yellen pointed to growing consumer spending and the "extremely strong" labor market, which added nearly 50% more jobs than some economists expected in the month of June. She also noted how the unemployment rate has remained at 3.6%, which is close to the 52-year low attained months before the pandemic. Yellen promoted an economic data organization called the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), which defines a recession as "a significant decline in economic activity that is spread across the economy and lasts more than a few months."
Some left-rated outlets linked the weakened U.S. economy to "slower growth overseas" and emphasized how top European officials have also "downplayed" recession concerns. Right-rated outlets were more likely to highlight how the Biden administration has "dismissed concerns" about rising inflation and accentuated polls that found a majority of top business executives believe a recession will take place by early 2023.
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