Biden, while munching on ice cream says, "Our economy is strong as hell."pic.twitter.com/NJHR1KHh4R
— Election Wizard 🇺🇸 (@ElectionWiz) October 16, 2022
Inflation increased 0.4% in September from August as “core” inflation, measuring the price of goods excluding food and energy, soared above expectations to a 40-year-high, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Core inflation rose 6.6% year-over-year and 0.6% month-to-month in September, beating year-over-year expectations by 0.1%, while the Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell 8.2% overall year-over-year despite spiking 0.4% from August, the BLS announced Thursday. Economists had predicted CPI would fall 8.1% year-on-year in September, down from 8.3% in August.
The decline in overall inflation can be attributed largely to a decline in energy costs, although they remain elevated by 19.8% year-on-year compared to 23.8% in August, according to the BLS. Food costs remain historically high, with the overall food index falling slightly to 11.2% annually, down from 11.4% in August.
The big US data event today is, of course, the release of CPI #inflation where consensus forecasts are looking for 8.1% headline and 6.5% core.
Earlier today, #Germany's annual inflation rates for September came in at 10.0% (1.9% MoM) and 10.9% (harmonized–2.2%), same as August. pic.twitter.com/CMTEjPHgb2
— Mohamed A. El-Erian (@elerianm) October 13, 2022
With both headline and core inflation still well above the Federal Reserve’s target of 2%, the Federal Reserve is unlikely to halt its aggressive campaign of interest rate hikes, CNBC reported Wednesday. Goldman Sachs warned investors late September that even in the event of a so-called “soft landing,” where the Federal Reserve tames inflation without inducing a recession or a significant increase in unemployment, the Fed is likely to continue aggressive rate hikes through the end of the year, raising rates from the current baseline of 3.25% up to 4.5%.
The U.S. added 263,000 jobs in September, the slowest rate of the year, as the labor market continued to cool. Bank of America’s chief U.S. economist Michael Gapen warned Monday that unemployment could spike if the Fed continues its rate hikes, pushing unemployment as high as 5.5% from its current level at 3.5%, costing the U.S. 175,000 jobs per month early next year.
“No doubt the Fed still has its work cut out for them, and if tomorrow’s CPI read is hot, don’t be surprised to see some investors come to grips with how long the road to tamer inflation may be,” Mike Loewengart, head of portfolio management at Morgan Stanley told CNBC.
President Biden is in Orange County today to tout “lowering costs for American families” as he sees sky-high California prices. I’m happy to show him the many workers and businesses hurting from the disastrous policies he’s now pushing on the federal level. pic.twitter.com/WomL9y7Zrd
— Young Kim (@RepYoungKim) October 14, 2022
Sept 2020 inflation: 1.4%
Sept 2021 inflation: 5.4%
Sept 2022 inflation: 8.2%
Joe Biden doesn't want Americans to know this.
— Julio Gonzalez – juliogonzalez.com (@TaxReformExpert) October 13, 2022
Two months ago: Democrats passed the “INFLATION REDUCTION ACT.”
Today: Inflation surges and rises to a 40-year high.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 13, 2022
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