If the US facing stagflation? Or, maybe it’s already there. Like artificially low interest rates and all-time highs in the stock market, the official economic data isn’t exactly alarming. But, where’s the growth? Where’s the spending? Maybe, just maybe, the official data doesn’t paint a very accurate picture.
It doesn’t take an economist to see that, at this rate, GDP growth will be negative in the second quarter.
The official unemployment rate might be below 5%, but seems to have reached a long-term floor. Of course, it’s been redefined over the years. Without those changes, the actual numbers are much more troubling.And, aside from a slight decline last month when the YoY increase in oil prices moderated, inflation is clearly on the rise.
Like unemployment, the way that official inflation data is collected/reported has changed drastically over the years. The actual picture explains why consumer spending is MIA.
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