Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in March indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen even as growth in economic activity slowed. Job gains were solid, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate declined. Household spending rose only modestly, but the fundamentals underpinning the continued growth of consumption remained solid. Business fixed investment firmed. Inflation measured on a 12-month basis recently has been running close to the Committee's 2 percent longer-run objective. Excluding energy and food, consumer prices declined in March and inflation continued to run somewhat below 2 percent. Market-based measures of inflation compensation remain low; survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed, on balance.

Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. The Committee views the slowing in growth during the first quarter as likely to be transitory and continues to expect that, with gradual adjustments in the stance of monetary policy, economic activity will expand at a moderate pace, labor market conditions will strengthen somewhat further, and inflation will stabilize around 2 percent over the medium term. Near-term risks to the economic outlook appear roughly balanced. The Committee continues to closely monitor inflation indicators and global economic and financial developments.

In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 3/4 to 1 percent. The stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting some further strengthening in labor market conditions and a sustained return to 2 percent inflation.

In determining the timing and size of future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate, the Committee will assess realized and expected economic conditions relative to its objectives of maximum employment and 2 percent inflation. This assessment will take into account a wide range of information, including measures of labor market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial and international developments. The Committee will carefully monitor actual and expected inflation developments relative to its symmetric inflation goal. The Committee expects that economic conditions will evolve in a manner that will warrant gradual increases in the federal funds rate; the federal funds rate is likely to remain, for some time, below levels that are expected to prevail in the longer run. However, the actual path of the federal funds rate will depend on the economic outlook as informed by incoming data.

The Committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction, and it anticipates doing so until normalization of the level of the federal funds rate is well under way. This policy, by keeping the Committee's holdings of longer-term securities at sizable levels, should help maintain accommodative financial conditions.

Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Janet L. Yellen, Chair; William C. Dudley, Vice Chairman; Lael Brainard; Charles L. Evans; Stanley Fischer; Patrick Harker; Robert S. Kaplan; Neel Kashkari; and Jerome H. Powell.

3月の連邦公開市場委員会(FOMC)以降に入手した情報は、経済活動の成長が鈍化する中でも(even as growth in economic activity slowed)、労働市場が引き締まり続けたことを示している。ここ数カ月間の雇用の伸びは概して堅調(were solid, on average)で、失業率は低下した。家計支出は緩慢にしか増加しなかった(rose only modestly)が、消費の拡大継続を支える経済の基礎的諸条件は、引き続き堅調(remained solid)だった。企業の設備投資は安定した(firmed)。前年同月比でみたインフレ率はこのところ、委員会の長期的な目標である2%に近い水準で推移している(has been running close to the Committee’s 2 percent longer-run objective)。エネルギーと食品を除くと、消費者物価は3月に下落し、インフレ率は2%をやや下回り続けた(continued to run somewhat below 2 percent)。将来のインフレを示す市場ベースの指標は低いままで、調査に基づいた長期的なインフレ期待の指標は、総じてあまり変わっていない。

委員会は法律上与えられた責務に従って、雇用最大化と物価安定の促進を目指す。委員会は、第1・四半期の経済成長の減速は一時的である可能性が高い(the slowing in growth during the first quarter as likely to be transitory)とみており、引き続き金融政策の運営姿勢の緩やかな調整により、経済活動が緩やかなペースで拡大し、労働市場の状況はさらにいくらか力強さを増し、インフレ率は中期的に2%近辺で安定すると予測している。短期的な経済見通しへのリスクはおおむね均衡しているとみられる(appear roughly balanced)。委員会は、物価指標と世界の経済や金融の動向を引き続き注意深く監視する。

労働市場の状況とインフレ率の実績と見通しを考慮して、委員会はフェデラルファンド(FF)金利の目標誘導レンジを0.75─1.00%に維持(to maintain)することを決定した。金融政策の運営姿勢は引き続き緩和的で、それによって労働市場の状況のさらにいくらかの引き締まりと、2%のインフレへの持続的な回帰(sustained return)を支える。

FF金利の目標誘導レンジの将来的な調整の時期と規模を決めるに当たり、委員会は目標にしている最大雇用と2%のインフレとの比較で経済状況の実績と見通しを評価する。この評価は、労働市場の状況に関する指標、インフレ圧力やインフレ期待の指標、金融動向や国際情勢の解釈を含む幅広い情報を考慮する。委員会は対称的なインフレ目標(symmetric inflation goal)との比較で、インフレ率の実際の進捗と予想される進展を注視する。委員会は、経済状況はFF金利の緩やかな引き上げを正当化する形で進むと予測する。FF金利は当面、長期的に到達すると見込まれる水準を下回るレベルで推移する可能性がある。ただ、FF金利の実際の道筋は、今後入手するデータがもたらす経済見通し次第である。