Economic Update Winter 2023
The U.S. economy remains in a late-cycle expansion phase with broad concerns of a recession. The Federal Reserve rate hikes have not had enough time to impact economic growth yet. Companies are laying off workers, however there are still plenty of jobs available. Unemployment is incrementally rising, and consumer spending for the moment is holding up. A significant rise in unemployment is the telltale indicator of every recession. The economy is far off from unemployment levels found in a recession. There is hope that any recession will be a mild and short-lived because unemployment may not reach a level normally associated with a recession.