August 4, 2017 / 2:37 PM / 8 months ago

Atlanta Fed pares U.S. third-quarter GDP growth forecast to 3.7 percent

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. economy is on track to grow at a 3.7 percent annualized pace in the third quarter, the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDP Now forecast model showed on Friday, following the release of the government’s July payrolls report.

FILE PHOTO: Painted wheelbarrow buckets arrive at the end of the assembly line at the AMES Companies factory, the largest wheelbarrow factory in the world, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. on June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Tim Aepp/File Photo

The latest third-quarter gross domestic product estimate was weaker than the previous one for 4.0 percent growth, calculated on Thursday, the Atlanta Fed said.

Despite July’s solid jobs data, the regional central bank’s model scaled back its third-quarter projections on consumer spending growth to 2.8 percent from 3.0 percent and on fixed investment growth to 4.1 percent from 5.2 percent.

Earlier Friday, the Labor Department said U.S. employers hired 209,000 workers last month, more than analysts had forecast, while average hourly earnings grew 0.3 percent, in line with expectations.

Reporting by Richard Leong; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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