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An economist at the St. Louis Fed discusses the growing importance of human capital in determining a nation’s income.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially affected labor markets. Which industries and occupations had the largest employment declines between February and April?

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From St. Louis Fed President Jim Bullard

October 16, 2020
St. Louis Fed President James Bullard shared his views on several elements of the Fed’s monetary policy framework review, including the move to flexible average inflation targeting. He spoke during a virtual moderated panel discussion.

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The Federal Reserve is a central bank system that includes the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., and 12 independent regional Reserve banks.

This decentralized structure ensures that the economic conditions of all areas of the country are taken into account in the making of monetary policy.

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The Federal Reserve promotes a healthy economy and financial stability by:

  • Pursuing maximum employment, stable prices and moderate long-term interest rates
  • Ensuring safety and soundness of the nation's banks and financial system and protecting consumer credit rights
  • Maintaining stability of the financial system and containing systemic risk
  • Providing services to depository institutions, the U.S. government and foreign official institutions

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The St. Louis Fed is overseen by a board of nine independent directors who are familiar with economic and credit conditions in the Eighth District.

The Bank's president, first vice president and a team of officers manage the Bank's day-to-day operations. The Management Committee is the central policymaking body of the Bank.

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