Fed Pegs Future Fed Funds Rate to Unemployment Rate
The Federal Reserve said information received since the FOMC met in October suggests that economic activity and employment have continued to expand at a moderate pace in recent months, apart from weather-related disruptions. Although the unemployment rate has declined somewhat since the summer, it remains elevated. Household spending has continued to advance, and the housing sector has shown further signs of improvement, but growth in business fixed investment has slowed.
The FOMC also decided to keep the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4% and said this rate will be appropriate at least as long as the unemployment rate remains above 6.5%, inflation between one and two years ahead is projected to be no more than 0.5% above the FOMC