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Phillips Curve Presages Deflation

Back of the envelope analysis:UE rate is now 6.7%.Almost certain to rise over next couple of months.Probably at 7% early in '09.The most optimistic estimates have recession ending about halfway thru '09.Stimulus program heavy on public works will be slow to implement.In recent recessions, UE has continued to rise for at least a year afterward.So a fairly optimistic scenario would have UE rising to 8% by YE '09 and staying there for a year.
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