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U.S. Economy Shrinks Nearly 1% Signaling Recession

Economist: 'The economy has quickly lost steam in the face of four-decade high inflation'

The U.S. economy shrank for the second quarter in a row, according to widely anticipated government economic data.

Real gross domestic product (GDP) decreased .9 percent between April and June, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP decreased 1.6 percent.

The July 28 report means that the U.S. is officially in a recession.

All week, the Biden administration attempted to get ahead of the troubling economic data, even going so far as to redefine the definition of recession.

“Personal saving was $968.4 billion in the second quarter, compared with $1.02 trillion in the first quarter,” according to the report. “The personal saving rate—personal saving as a percentage of disposable personal income—was 5.2 percent in the second quarter, compared with 5.6 percent in the first quarter.”

There is widespread agreement that the economy is headed toward a downturn. Inflation soared to 9.1 percent in June — a 40-year high. Additionally, the Federal Reserve, for the second time in a row, raised the target federal funds rate by 75 basis points, the largest increase in almost three decades.

“The economy has quickly lost steam in the face of four-decade high inflation, rapidly rising borrowing costs and a general tightening in financial conditions,” said Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.

Stocks began to slide as investors reacted to news of the GDP contracting for the second consecutive quarters. But, President Joe Biden shrugged off the news.

“Coming off of last year’s historic economic growth — and regaining all the private sector jobs lost during the pandemic crisis — it’s no surprise that the economy is slowing down as the Federal Reserve acts to bring down inflation,” he said. “But even as we face historic global challenges, we are on the right path and we will come through this transition stronger and more secure.”

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