The CBO provides the Congress with independent and nonpartisan information, estimations, and analysis to support the Congressional budget process. The CBO also included in its view of the economy report that it expects that the unemployment rate will go from its current rate of 3.7 percent to 4.4 percent by the fourth quarter of 2024.
The jobless rate in America has remained below four percent for nearly two years, the longest streak since the late 1960s. So that could signal good news for consumers, if the CBO predictions for unemployment do not hold true.
In December, the Federal Reserve kept its key interest rate unchanged for a third straight time, and its officials signaled that they are edging closer to cutting rates as early as summer of 2024.