Tepid U.S. economic growth and stubbornly high unemployment makes more stimulus from the Federal Reserve "a close call," a top Fed policymaker told CNBC in an interview Thursday.
Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart, who has assembled with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and other global central bankers at a conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., characterized growth in the world's largest economy as "very modest." (Read more:What Do Markets Expect From Jackson Hole?)
The torpid pace of economic activity is "not the kind of growth that is likely to bring great progress in bringing down unemployment," the central banker told CNBC's "Squawk Box." Lockhart is a voting member on the Fed's Open Market Committee (learn more), the policy-setting board that sets interest rates and determines the conduct of monetary policy.