The May outlook from the National Associate of Business Economics has taken a significant turn from the previous outlook of February, though perhaps a further development might be more accurate. Then, the theme was that things weren’t as bad as they expected, but that would change.

Now? “Respondents to the latest NABE Outlook Survey are divided as to whether a recession in the U.S. is likely in the next year,” said NABE President Julia Coronado, founder and president, MacroPolicy Perspectives LLC, in prepared remarks. “However, the median forecast calls for economic growth through 2024 to be modest. On balance, the panel expects higher interest rates in 2023 than forecasted in the February 2023 Outlook Survey.” At this point, the economists don’t see a decline in interest rates until 2024, which is also when inflation “is expected to slow.” Job growth will moderate, also, and unemployment, rise.

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