Sep 30, 2020 17:36 UTC
  •  US economy contracts at 31.4% in second quarter of 2020

The US economy has witnessed sharpest contraction in decades during the second quarter of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the US Commerce Department's third estimate of the country's GDP, gross domestic product plunged at a 31.4% annualized rate last quarter, the deepest drop in output since 1947.

Output was previously reported to have contracted at a 31.7% pace in the second quarter.

However, the experts maintain that the US economy would expand  30% in the current quarter as many of the Americans have returned to their works. The rate would hit the previous record of a quarterly GDP growth, a 16.7% surge in the first quarter of 1950.

The report comes after the chairman of the Federal Reserve has described the US economic outlook 'highly uncertain,' saying that it was "essential" to provide an stimulus in the early stages of the pandemic. 

Meanwhile, the Hill Democrats revealed a $2.2 trillion stimulus plan on Monday to revive the $600 federal unemployment benefit and send a second round of stimulus checks to millions of American citizens.

Democrats passed a $3.4 trillion spending package in May, dubbed as "the Heroes Act." It created a platform for further coronavirus relief negotiations with Republicans. though they have lowered their demands and now insist on at least $2.2 trillion in new spending.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also has announced that she is trying to bring Republicans back to the negotiating table with the new proposal.

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