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Fed chair says COVID variant clouds inflation, economic outlook

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.
Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 10:18 PM CST
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell says that the appearance of a new COVID-19 variant could slow the economy and hiring.

He also says it raises uncertainty about inflation.

Powell says in remarks to be delivered to the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday that he recent increase in coronavirus cases and the emergence of the omicron variant pose downside risks to employment and economic activity and increased uncertainty for inflation.

He adds that the new variant could also worsen supply chain disruptions.

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