Essay on Current Macroeconomic Situation in the United States

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The United States is the leading economy across the globe and experienced several tribulations in the recent past following the 2008 global recession. Despite these recent challenges, there are expectations among policymakers and financial experts that the country will experience solid economic growth. Actually, financial analysts have stated that the U.S. economy will be characterized by increased consumer spending, increased investments by businesses, reduced rate of unemployment, and reduction in government cut. Some analysts have also stated that the country’s economy will strengthen in 2014 with an average of 2.7 percent or more. However, these predictions can only be understood through an analysis of the current macroeconomic …show more content…
While there are expectations of a yearly gain of nearly 2.3 million net new jobs, the unemployment rate is still very high i.e. around 6.5 percent. The lower-than-expected job growth is fueled by various factors including government hiring, weather, and Obamacare. Actually, similar to December, January had a lower-than expected increase in job opportunities since only 113,000 jobs were created. However, the rate of unemployment still reduced to 6.6 percent in this month despite of the growth in labor force. The current rate of unemployment is the lowest in U.S. since the 2008 recession because more people are leaving the labor force instead of finding jobs. As economic growth increases moderately in 2014, the rate of inflation is expected to remain below 2 percent. The price of goods in the country will continue to be restricted by global competition and use of production capacities that are relatively low as compared to historical averages. In addition, the inflation rate will remain below 2 percent because of decrease in energy prices and small increase in the prices of food. Nonetheless, while energy prices continue to reduce this year, the percentage of the decrease will be less while food prices may regain normal rate of growth. The United States is currently not concerned about recession because of moderate economic