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Longer Run FOMC Summary of Economic Projections for the Civilian Unemployment Rate, Central Tendency, Midpoint (UNRATECTMLR)


2020-09-16: 4.10  
Updated: Sep 16, 2020


Fourth Quarter, Percent,
Not Seasonally Adjusted


Not Applicable
1Y | 5Y | 10Y | Max


Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis  

Source: U.S. Federal Open Market Committee

Release: Summary of Economic Projections  

Units:  Fourth Quarter, Percent, Not Seasonally Adjusted

Frequency:  Not Applicable


The longer-run projections are the rates of growth, inflation, and unemployment to which a policymaker expects the economy to converge over time in the absence of further shocks and under appropriate monetary policy. Because appropriate monetary policy, by definition, is aimed at achieving the Federal Reserve's dual mandate of maximum employment and price stability in the longer run, policymakers' longer-run projections for economic growth and unemployment may be interpreted, respectively, as estimates of the economy's longer-run potential growth rate and the longer-run normal rate of unemployment; similarly, the longer-run projection of inflation is the rate of inflation which the FOMC judges to be most consistent with its dual mandate in the longer-term.

Projections for the unemployment rate are for the average civilian unemployment rate in the fourth quarter of each year. Each participant's projections are based on his or her assessment of appropriate monetary policy. The range for each variable in a given year includes all participants' projections, from lowest to highest, for that variable in the given year; the central tendencies exclude the three highest and three lowest projections for each year. This series represents the midpoint of the central tendency forecast's high and low values established by the Federal Open Market Committee.

Digitized originals of this release can be found at

Suggested Citation:

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and U.S. Federal Open Market Committee, Longer Run FOMC Summary of Economic Projections for the Civilian Unemployment Rate, Central Tendency, Midpoint [UNRATECTMLR], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis;, October 31, 2020.


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