U.S. economy may face another recession without fiscal aid, Fed’s Evans says

(Reuters) – The U.S. economy risks a longer, slower recovery, if not another outright recession, if Congress fails to pass a fiscal package to support out-of-work Americans and state and local governments, Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans said on Tuesday.

“Fiscal support is just fundamental,” Evans said at a virtual meeting of the London-based Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum. His own forecast for the U.S. unemployment rate to fall to 5.5% by the end of next year assumes not just a vaccine for the coronavirus but also a U.S. fiscal package of at least $500 billion or $1 trillion, he said.