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The Single-Mandate Fed Says There Are Too Many Employed People

The tight labor market has become the antagonist in Jerome Powell’s war on inflation.

September 22, 2022
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On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Reserve raised the benchmark federal funds rate by 75 basis points, the third consecutive hike of that size. The market expected this, but reacted negatively to projections the federal funds rate will remain elevated all the way through 2023. NLW breaks it down, with an emphasis on why the labor market has become the biggest question mark in the Federal Reserve’s fight to contain inflation.

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell and research by Scott Hill. Jared Schwartz is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. Music behind our sponsors today is “Razor Red” by Sam Barsh and “The Life We Had” by Moments. Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at