Despite progressively rising interest rates, 58% of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) believe that a recession will occur at some point this year. Additionally, several reports have emphasized the economy’s “surprising resilience.”
However, only 25% of respondents think that the recession will begin in March. About 33% believe the recession will hit in April and June. Roughly 20% think it will occur sometime from July to September.
The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates eight times in a valiant effort to halt slow growth and pause rising inflation, but economists’ estimate a downturn will start to be delayed. As a result, a number of official data has indicated a still-robust economy.
Whereas, the number of jobs created by employers increased by more than 500,000 in January, while the unemployment rate fell to 3.4%, its lowest level since 1969. Moreover, January saw a 3% increase in sales at restaurants and retail outlets, the biggest monthly increase in nearly two years. That indicated that consumers overall, who account for the majority of economic growth, continue to feel financially stable and willing to spend.
Many official reports also revealed that inflation rebounded in January after declining for several months, stoking concerns that the Fed will boost its benchmark rate much higher than initially anticipated. When the Fed raises its key rate, mortgages, auto loans, and credit card borrowing become more expensive. Business loan interest rates are also rising.
On the other hand, MacroPolicy Perspectives CEO and NABE President Julia Coronado says, “results of the Feb. 2023 NABE survey continues to reflect a significant divergence regarding the outlook for the U.S. economy.”