Fed’s Bullard says unemployment rate can go below 3% this year

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NEW YORK -St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard said he sees the unemployment rate falling below 3% this year, a jobless rate the U.S. economy last seen in the early 1950s.

“I think unemployment is going to go down below 3% this year,” Bullard said on Tuesday in a Reuters interview.

The unemployment rate could continue to drop this year from its current level of 3.9% as companies scrounge for workers and several factors, including early retirements, limit the size of the labor force, he said.

“I think the upcoming jobs report will probably be not very good because of Omicron, but don’t be fooled,” Bullard said. “This is quite the strong economy here and a very strong labor market.”

The last time the U.S. unemployment rate was below 3% was 1953.

(Reporting by Jonnelle Marte, Editing by Franklin Paul and Howard Goller)

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