Apr 18, 2018 - Economy & Business

Fed survey finds businesses worry tariffs could hurt economy

Steel and aluminum tariffs could harm the economy.

A Chinese steel factory. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

A Federal Reserve survey of U.S. businesses found "robust job growth" nationwide but growing concern over tariffs and trade disputes, Bloomberg reports.

“Businesses generally anticipate further price increases in the months ahead, particularly for steel and building materials."
— Fed report

Why it matters: The report highlights the tension between President's Trump's trade policies to protect U.S. steel and aluminum companies that also risk hurting companies that use those materials. One company told the Fed the tariffs are "now killing high-paying American manufacturing jobs and businesses."

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