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Jobs report proves Janet Yellen is wrong about the economy

The August jobs report was disappointing with job gains of 151,000, below the consensus forecast of a gain of 180,000 jobs. The reported August job gains were also considerably below the gains in June and July. The unemployment rate was forecast to fall to 4.8 percent, but held steady at 4.9 percent. Both numbers are disappointing and make a September rate hike less likely.

At the recent Jackson Hole conference, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stated that the case for raising interest rates had strengthened. She suggested that good job growth would continue. Once again, the Fed Chair has been too bullish in her view of the economy. More generally, Fed officials have been over-predicting economic growth in this recovery.

It is time for Fed officials to recognize that their model of the economy is wrong. If the model was ever right, it is now broken.

Job growth has in any case been a weak reed on which to rest the case for a rate hike. This has been a weak jobs recovery. Even the...


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