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CBO: Unemployment Headed Over 10 Percent

Written By Brian Hicks

Posted May 21, 2009




So how high will unemployment climb as we head into 2010?

Here’s the answer today according to the Congressional Budget Office….

From Reuters entitled: U.S. unemployment likely to peak above 10 percent: CBO

“The U.S. economy will likely start growing again in the second half of this year but unemployment will likely keep rising through 2010 to peak over 10 percent, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday. 

 “The growth in output later this year and next year is likely to be sufficiently weak that the unemployment rate will probably continue to rise into the second half of next year and peak above 10 percent,” CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf said in prepared testimony to the U.S. House Budget Committee.

 It will likely take several years for the unemployment rate to fall back to levels seen before the recession hit, in the neighborhood of 5 percent, he said in the prepared remarks.”

That would put the unemployment rate in the “worst-case scenario” envisioned under the most recent bank stress tests.

By the way, the number of people still claiming unemployment insurance rose 75,000 to a new record high of 6.662 mln in the week ending May 9. That’s the 16th consecutive week this number has hit a record high level, and the 18th consecutive weekly increase.

More hurdles ahead…

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