With gross domestic product falling for the second consecutive quarter, many investors are fearing that a recession is either inevitable or already upon the U.S. economy.
The Commerce Department said on Thursday that GDP (adjusted for inflation) fell by 0.2% in the second quarter, the equivalent of an 0.9% annual rate of decline. This follows a contraction of 0.4% in the first quarter, which meets a common but unofficial definition of a recession.
Still, most economists don’t believe the economy meets the formal definition of a recession, which is determined by a wider set of parameters, including measures of income, spending, and employment.
“We don’t think we’re in a recession just yet,” Aditya Bhave, senior economist for Bank of America, told the New York Times. “But the bigger point here is that the underlying trend in domestic demand is weakening. You see a clear deceleration from the first quarter.”
Even Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said in his remarks on Wednesday during the central bank’s announcement about its plans to raise interest rates by another 75 basis points that he didn’t believe the economy had hit that threshold yet.
“I don’t think the U.S. is currently in a recession, and the reason is there are too many areas of the economy that are performing too well and, of course, I’d point to the labor market in particular,” he said.
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