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Economic Update

January 31, 2020

U.S. GDP is expected to increase 1.8% in CY2020 and 1.9% in CY2021. A tight labor market is supporting wages and incomes, and the economy continues to benefit from tax reform. Business sentiment has been impacted by uncertainty around trade policy. Industrial production should grow 0.5% in CY2020 after a modest 0.8% gain last year.

Global economic growth has slowed as manufacturing output has flagged and trade has declined. World real GDP growth is forecasted at 2.5% in CY2020 and 2.7% in CY2021. The U.S.-China and UK-EU trade negotiations, the coronavirus outbreak, and geopolitical tensions represent risks to the economic outlook. Given the importance of access to global supply chains to U.S. competitiveness and jobs, it is important to have a policy environment that encourages free trade.

CY2019 CY2020 CY2021
GDP Forecast
U.S. 2.3 % 1.8 % 1.9 %
Global 2.5 % 2.5 % 2.7 %
U.S. Growth
Industrial Production 0.8 % 0.5 % 1.5 %
Consumer Spending 2.6 % 2.3 % 2.0 %

All percentages are shown on a calendar year-over-year basis. Historical estimates are provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). For more information, please visit

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