The Fed may not begin tapering for months because the government shutdown has left the economic picture unclear, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans told CNBC on Monday.
Federal Reserve policymakers are scheduled to hold their October meeting next week to consider when to scale back their $85 billion-a-month asset purchases known as quantitative easing.
Evans said in a "Squawk Box" interview, "October is a tough one. December? I think we need a couple of good labor reports and evidence of increasing growth, GDP growth. It's probably going to take a few months to sort that out." He explained he wanted to see "consistent" nonfarm payroll growth 200,000-plus jobs and a lower unemployment rate.
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There has not been much data since the Fed's September meeting. when the central bank shocked Wall Street by not tapering because the government stopped publishing economic reports during the federal shutdown.