Thursday, December 3, 2009

Peak in US Unemployment in 2011?

CalculatedRisk mentions Goldman Sachs' view:
The key features of our 2011 outlook: (1) a strengthening in growth from 2.1% on average in 2010 to 2.4% in 2011, with real GDP rising at an above-potential 3½% pace in late 2011; (2) a peaking in unemployment in mid-2011 at about 10¾%; (3) extremely low inflation – close to zero on a core basis during 2011; and (4) a continuation of the Fed’s (near) zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) throughout 2011.
The peak in unemployment is much later than suggested by CR's own look at housing starts and employment and also much later than what the Fed expects. As Paul Krugman reported here: "Well, the Fed expects unemployment to come down only very gradually — over 9 percent at the end of 2010, over 8 percent at the end of 2011, around 7 percent at the end of 2012. Inflation, meanwhile is expected to remain consistently below the Fed’s target."

Zirp could well last a while longer

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