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U.S. Economy Slows to 2.9% Growth in 2018

Friday, March 01, 2019

 

The United States economy grew at a pace of 2.9% in 2018, just below President Donald Trump’s goal of three percent, according to the Department of Labor.

The report was delayed due to the five-week government shutdown that ended in January.

Economic Growth

According to the Commerce Department, gross domestic product rose at a rate of 2.6% from October through December, surpassing expectations of 2.2% growth.

Consumer spending expanded by 2.8% in the fourth quarter, while business investment grew at a pace of 6.2%.

Effect of Shutdown

The government shutdown lasted 35 days, ending on January 25.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the shutdown shaved nearly $3 billion from inflation-adjusted gross domestic product in the fourth quarter.

The shutdown also shaved about $8 billion from the first quarter of 2019.

 

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