Wall Street and consumers are worried about a impending recession, especially as prices remain exorbitant and some companies are starting to lay off workers. But not everyone, including Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, thinks we’re on the verge of a downturn.
“I’m not convinced we’re heading into a recession,” Walsh told Insider.
Of course, the economy is still struggling with a few curve balls. Gas prices and prices for everything else are still high.
“I am convinced that we are in a very interesting economy because of a pandemic, because of Putin’s war in Ukraine which is driving up gasoline prices around the world,” Walsh said. All of this will put “strain” on the economy globally, according to Walsh.
“We’re doing everything we can as an administration to reduce the inflationary costs people face and the pressures people face,” Walsh said.
But the recovery is in full swing, even if some firms are tightening their belts. New data this week from Bureau of Labor Statistics have shown that 4.3 million Americans left their jobs in May, showing that workers are not too afraid to leave their jobs for a new one. Meanwhile, layoffs have remained low, meaning employers want to retain their employees.
“I look out the window and there are tour groups here, walking to the Capitol and walking to the Washington Monument every day. The hotels are full. People come and go, so this is going to help our economy. “Walsh said. “We just need to reduce some of those costs for people.”