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Unemployment could reach 30% in the U.S., says St. Louis Fed’s Bullard

Unemployment could reach 30% in the U.S., says St. Louis Fed’s Bullard 5

‘This is a planned, organized partial shutdown of the U.S. economy in the second quarter. The overall goal is to keep everyone, households and businesses, whole… It is a huge shock and we are trying to cope with it and keep it under control.’

That’s Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard explaining to Bloomberg News why he sees the U.S. unemployment rate hitting 30% in the coming months as the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

If his gloomy jobs projection proves to be true, unemployment would be worse than it was during the Great Depression and three times worse than the 2007-’09 recession, according to Reuters.

Bullard also said he expects an unprecedented 50% plunge in gross domestic product.

Source: Unemployment could reach 30% in the U.S., says St. Louis Fed’s Bullard

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