Weak Second-Half Growth Expected to Carry Into 2011, According to Fannie Mae's Economics & Mortgage Market Analysis Group

Uncertainty Hangs over Economy, Housing

New Article on Homeownership and Rental Attitudes Available

Oct 20, 2010, 11:35 ET from Fannie Mae

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Sluggish job creation and modest consumer spending continue to spur slow economic growth according to the October 2010 Economic Outlook released today by Fannie Mae's (OTC Bulletin Board: FNMA) Economics & Mortgage Market Analysis Group. The economy is expected to grow at a rate below two percent in the current quarter before picking up modestly in the first half of 2011 and strengthening in the second half of next year.  The current outlook remains clouded with uncertainty and has not changed materially from the previous forecast, with 2.2 percent growth projected for all of 2010, followed by a 2.5 percent pace for 2011.

"The labor market has yet to make significant progress, which is the primary reason for our continued weak growth forecast," said Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan. "With economic growth slowing, job creation also has been tepid, keeping the unemployment rate high.  Housing sales will likely be soft until the labor market strengthens."

For an audio synopsis of the October 2010 Economic Outlook, listen to the podcast on the Economics & Mortgage Market Analysis site at www.fanniemae.com. Visit the site to read the full October 2010 Economic Outlook, including the Economic Developments Commentary, Economic Forecast, and Housing Forecast.

New this month and available via link from the Economic Developments Commentary is an article by Doug Duncan on current attitudes and expectations for homeownership and renting based on results from the Fannie Mae National Housing Survey.

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