Fed Chief Cautiously Optimistic about Economy

The U.S. economy is in a moderate recovery and should continue growing through next year, but the unemployment rate is expected to remain higher than usual, and it will take “a significant amount of time” to replace the jobs that have been lost in the recession, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said recently. In testimony before the House Budget Committee, Bernanke offered a mix of optimism and reality check. He pointed to numerous signs of improvement in the economy, but cautioned that improvement in the vital housing sector has been shallow and remains vulnerable.

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