US Economic Activity Plummets to Worst Reading Since 1967
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CBS News Reports: U.S. economy suffered biggest fall in more than 50 years, Chicago Fed says
The US economy has faced massive economic turmoil as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently, the economy experienced its worst reading since the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago began its tracking in 1967.
Led by drops in production and employment-related indicators, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index was minus 16.74 last month, down from a downwardly revised minus 4.97 level in March, according to the data released on Tuesday.
All categories of economic indicators have fallen since march:
- Production & income
- Employment, unemployment, & hours
- personal consumption & housing
- Sales, orders, & inventories
The index's three-month moving average fell to minus 7.22 in April from minus 1.69 in March. After a time of economic expansion, a greater likelihood of a recession is historically tied to the three-month average falling below minus 0.70, according to the Chicago Fed.
Within the last 10 weeks, 1 in 4 Americans have applied for unemployment benefits.
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