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U.S. Inflation Rate Surges To 9.1 %-Worst Level In Four Decades

July 13th, 2022

Sheldon Filger-blogger for GlobalEconomicCrisis.com

 

 

The U.S. Labor Department   released its latest CPI  data On July 13, indicating that in the previous month inflation in the United States had surged to 9.1 %. This is the highest rate for inflation in the U.S. in more than four decades and harkens back to the stagflation that ravaged the American and global economy during the presidency of Jimmy Carter.

The elevated rate of inflation defied the prediction of many economists who have largely engaged in wishful thinking rather than macroeconomic analysis. With inflation not only remaining high but continuing to accelerate, it is very likely that inflation the United States is about to enter double-digit territory, if it has not already done so.

It is very likely that organized labor will soon make demands during collective bargaining for wage increases  vastly higher than what has occurred in several decades. That in turn will unleash powerful new inflationary pressure, adding to what is already impacting price instability, including supply chain bottlenecks aggravated by Covid-induced lockdowns and geopolitical tensions.

There are some economists and investors who have been hoping  that the Federal Reserve would defy economic logic and greatly moderate its planned rate increases. However, with inflation surging at unprecedented rates, and the sovereign powerless to arrest its momentum with its feeble fiscal interventions, it is almost certain that the Fed will have no choice but to rapidly raise rates, abandoning once and for all it s near zero rate policy. The next rate increase may very well be 75 basis points.

The latest data and the likely policy response from the Federal Reserve further solidifies the likelihood of prolonged global economic stagflation, and more likely than not, a global economic depression.

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