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High inflation is no longer only risk for U.S. economy: Fed chair Powell

Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell told lawmakers that a weakening labor market is just as much a risk to the economy as high inflation.

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High inflation is no longer only risk for U.S. economy: Fed chair Powell
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    The big picture

    In opening remarks, Powell told Congress the labor market has returned to its pre-pandemic state, calling it "strong, but not overheated."

    High inflation is no longer only risk for U.S. economy: Fed chair Powell

    High inflation is no longer only risk for U.S. economy: Fed chair Powell

    "[I]n light of the progress made both in lowering inflation and in cooling the labor market over the past two years, elevated inflation is not the only risk we face," Powell told the Senate Banking Committee hearing.

    State of play

    Powell appeared before lawmakers at a tricky moment for the economy. Inflation is well below its peak, but still higher than the Fed's 2% target.

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