Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in December indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a solid rate. Job gains have been strong, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Household spending has continued to grow strongly, while growth of business fixed investment has moderated from its rapid pace earlier last year. On a 12-month basis, both overall inflation and inflation for items other than food and energy remain near 2 percent. Although market-based measures of inflation compensation have moved lower in recent months, survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed.

Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. In support of these goals, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 percent. The Committee continues to view sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labor market conditions, and inflation near the Committee's symmetric 2 percent objective as the most likely outcomes. In light of global economic and financial developments and muted inflation pressures, the Committee will be patient as it determines what future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate may be appropriate to support these outcomes.

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 maximum employment objective and its symmetric 2 percent inflation objective. 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.

Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Jerome H. Powell, Chairman; John C. Williams, Vice Chairman; Michelle W. Bowman; Lael Brainard; James Bullard; Richard H. Clarida; Charles L. Evans; Esther L. George; Randal K. Quarles; and Eric S. Rosengren.

昨年12月の連邦公開市場委員会(FOMC)以降に入手した情報は、労働市場が引き締まり続け、経済活動が底堅く(at a solid rate)拡大していることを示している。

雇用の伸びは概してここ数カ月堅調で、失業率は低いままだった。家計支出は引き続き力強く伸びたが、企業の設備投資の伸びは昨年早い時期の急速なペースから緩やかになった。前年同月比で見ると、全体のインフレ率と食品やエネルギー以外のインフレ率はともに2%近くにとどまっている(remain near 2 percent)。将来のインフレを示す市場ベースの指標はここ数カ月で低下したが(Although market-based measures of inflation compensation have moved lower in recent months)、調査に基づいた長期的なインフレ期待の指標は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。これらの目標を支援するに当たり、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2.25─2.50%に維持することを決定した。委員会は、経済活動の持続的な拡大、力強い労働市場の状況、委員会の対称的な目標である2%に近いインフレ率という結果がもたらされる可能性が高い(the most likely outcomes)と引き続きみている(continues to view)。世界経済と金融の動向、落ち着いたインフレ圧力(muted inflation pressures)を考慮し、どのようなFF金利の目標誘導レンジの将来的な調整がこれらの結果になるために適切かを決める際に、委員会は忍耐強くなるだろう(the Committee will be patient)。