Economists See No Growth Until 2nd Half of 2009

The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. economy is in the midst of the worst part of the recession, but growth may return by the second half of next year, according to economists in the latest Wall Street Journal forecasting survey. Nearly two-thirds of respondents say the Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program, which has taken stakes in major financial institutions, is helping markets. On average, respondents expect the unemployment rate to rise to 7.7% by December 2009, up from 6.5% last month.

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