Center for Microeconomic Data

Sharp Fall in Short-Term Inflation Expectations; Labor Market Expectations Improve
Median one-year-ahead inflation expectations declined by 0.8 percentage point to 4.2 percent, according to the February Survey of Consumer Expectations. Three-year-ahead expectations remained at 2.7 percent, while the five-year-ahead measure increased by 0.1 percentage point to 2.6 percent. Labor market expectations improved, with unemployment expectations and perceived job loss risk decreasing and job finding expectations increasing. Expectations for voluntary job quits reached the highest level since the start of the pandemic.

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Press Release: Short-Term Inflation Expectations Decline Sharply; Labor Market Expectations Improve
Fielding the Survey
The SCE is a nationally representative, Internet-based survey of a rotating panel of approximately 1,300 household heads. Respondents participate in the panel for up to twelve months, with a roughly equal number rotating in and out of the panel each month. Unlike comparable surveys based on repeated cross-sections with a different set of respondents in each wave, our panel enables us to observe the changes in expectations and behavior of the same individuals over time.
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