The September jobs report was “a bit of positive news”, but the pace of jobs growth is still too slow to make a significant dent in the unemployment rate, a Federal Reserve policymaker said Wednesday.
Conditions in labour markets remain a serious challenge, Charles Plosser, president of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, told students at the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Centre at Wharton.
Given the weak growth in employment so far this year, we have not made even the modest progress on reducing unemployment rates that many forecasters had anticipated, he said.
As the economy strengthens, prospects for labour markets will continue to improve and the unemployment rate will gradually decline, undoubtedly too gradually for many of us, he said.
With the exception of his comments on the September jobs report, Plosser's prepared remarks were similar to a speech given on September 29 in Radnor, Pennsylvania.
Plosser is a noted 'hawk' on inflation and a voting member of the Fed's policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee this year. He dissented from the Fed's decisions in August and September to further loosen monetary policy to support a sputtering economic recovery.
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