The U.S. economy probably added 185,000 jobs in March while wage gains accelerated, a survey of economists showed, reinforcing the Federal Reserve's case for continuing to increase interest rates gradually to keep inflation from overheating while keeping unemployment low.
The U.S. central bank's monetary-policy committee raised benchmark borrowing costs by a quarter percentage point to a range of 1.5% to 1.75%, in Jerome Powell's first meeting as Fed chairman.
Traders fully expect the Fed's monetary-policy committee to raise benchmark borrowing costs by a quarter percentage point at a meeting that starts Tuesday and culminates Wednesday with Powell's first press conference as chairman. The question is what comes next.
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A key risk measure in money markets known as the Libor-OIS spread has risen to levels not seen since worries mounted in 2011 and 2012 over the debt troubles of European countries Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain.
A report Friday from the U.S. Labor Department shows inflation rose to 2.2% in February from a year earlier, accelerating from January's pace of 2%.
A report Friday from the U.S. Labor Department shows the economy added 313,000 jobs in February, well above estimates, while wage growth moderated to 2.6%.
A report Friday from the U.S. Labor Department is expected to show that wages climbed 2.8% in February from a year earlier, with unemployment falling further to 4%, based on economist surveys by the data provider FactSet.
Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard said in a speech that further gradual rate increases are "appropriate," especially in light of the economic stimulus expected to come from President Donald Trump's tax cuts.