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Federal Reserve Ups Interest Rate, Says Economy Is Growing Steadily

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Federal Reserve Ups Interest Rate, Says Economy Is Growing Steadily
The Fed raised rates to a range of 1.25 to 1.5 percent.
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The Federal Reserve announced it will raise interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point, saying "economic activity has been rising at a solid rate."

The target range for federal funds rate is now 1.25-1.5 percent. The announcement said unemployment was going down, spending was going up and inflation had declined.

The Fed also forecasted the economy will grow by 2.5 percent next year, up from a previous forecast of 2.1 percent in September.

This raise marks the third this year and the fifth since the financial crisis in 2008.