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MNI INTERVIEW: Room For More Labor Market Gains– Fed's Rodgers

(MNI) Washington

Inflation may be prompting Americans to hold off on retirement, St. Louis Fed William Rodgers tells MNI.

A jump in U.S. inflation over the past year coupled with a rockier stock market may be curbing Americans’ appetite for early retirement, suggesting further room for gains in the labor force, St. Louis Fed economist William Rodgers III told MNI.

“The big factor that we’re beginning to think about is the role that inflation could be playing,” said Rodgers, who is vice president and director of the St. Louis Fed’s Institute for Economic Equity.

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A jump in U.S. inflation over the past year coupled with a rockier stock market may be curbing Americans’ appetite for early retirement, suggesting further room for gains in the labor force, St. Louis Fed economist William Rodgers III told MNI.

“The big factor that we’re beginning to think about is the role that inflation could be playing,” said Rodgers, who is vice president and director of the St. Louis Fed’s Institute for Economic Equity.

Keep reading...Show less