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Obama Raises 2010 Deficit Estimate to $1.5 Trillion
U.S. unemployment will surge to 10 percent this year and the budget deficit will be $1.5 trillion next year, both higher than previous Obama administration forecasts because of a recession that was deeper and longer than expected, White House budget chief Peter Orszag said.
The Office of Management and Budget forecasts a weaker economic recovery than it saw in May as the gross domestic product shrinks 2.8 percent this year before expanding 2 percent next year, according to the administrationâ€™s mid-year economic review issued today. The Congressional Budget Office, in a separate assessment, forecast the economy will grow 2.8 percent next year. Both see the GDP expanding 3.8 percent in 2011.
â€śWhile the danger of the economy immediately falling into a deep recession has receded, the American economy is still in the midst of a serious economic downturn,â€ť the White House report said. â€śThe long-term...