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Workers weld drawers on the assembly line at the Metal Box International toolbox factory in Franklin Park, Ill. Many analysts estimate that U.S. economic growth picked up in the second quarter. Tim Aeppel/Reuters hide caption

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How Fast Did The Economy Grow? Forecasts Are All Over The Place

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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell faced questions before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday about the effects of President Trump's trade policies. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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A screen above the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the closing number of the Dow Jones industrial average on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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As Trump Prepares For Big Speech, State Of The Economy Is Strong

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Tourists walk past a restaurant, closed in preparation for hurricane Irma, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sept. 7. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says a drop in U.S. jobs in September was likely reflecting the impact of hurricanes on workers — particularly restaurant employees who aren't paid if they aren't on the job. Michele Eve Sandberg/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Switzerland and Singapore lead the way in economic competitiveness, according to a global index that finds notable improvements in India and Panama. World Economic Forum hide caption

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Job seekers wait to speak with representatives during a Choice Career Fair this summer in Los Angeles. Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Claudia Caballero, a district manager for Aldi, talks with applicant Manoushka Metellus (right) at a job fair in Florida earlier this month. With a low unemployment rate, consumers are still spending but business inventories fell during the second quarter. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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Federal Reserve policymakers left rates unchanged, saying they were worried about job growth and did not want higher rates to affect hiring. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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