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A look at how the Federal Reserve's statement has changed on interest rates and jobs

A comparison of the Federal Reserve’s statements from its two-day meeting that ended Wednesday and its meeting October 27-28:

RATE HIKE:

Now: Fed policymakers see the economy as able to handle a rate increase: The Fed “decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 1/4 to 1/2per cent.”

Then: The Fed did not raise but hinted at a rate increase at the December meeting: “In determining whether it will be appropriate to raise the target range at its next meeting, the Committee will assess progress–both realized and expected–toward its objectives of maximum employment and 2 per cent inflation.”

JOBS:

December: The Fed sees the job market as much improved: “A range of recent labour market indicators, including ongoing job gains and declining unemployment, shows further improvement and confirms that the underutilization of labour resources has diminished appreciably since early this year.”

October: “The pace of job gains slowed and the unemployment rate held steady. Nonetheless, labour market indicators, on balance, show that underutilization of labour resources has diminished since early this year.”