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Jason Furman
Jason Furman is the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers

Jason Furman is the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. Prior to this role, he served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and the Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. From 2007 to 2008 Furman was a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies and Director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institute. Previously, he served as a Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers, a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the National Economic Council under President Clinton and Senior Adviser to the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank. Furman was the Economic Policy Director for Obama for America.

Furman, who earned his Ph.D. in economics and a M.A. in government from Harvard University and a M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics, has also served as Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, a visiting lecturer at Yale and Columbia Universities, and a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He has conducted research in a wide range of areas, including fiscal policy, tax policy, health economics, Social Security, and monetary policy. In addition to numerous articles in scholarly journals and periodicals, Furman is the editor of several books on economic policy, including Path to Prosperity and Who Has the Cure.

Jason Furman's Posts

  • Advance Estimate of GDP for the Fourth Quarter of 2014

    Economic growth in the fourth quarter was consistent with a broad range of other indicators showing solid improvement in the labor market, rising consumer sentiment, increasing domestic energy security, and continued low health cost growth.


  • Jobs

    The Employment Situation in December

    This solid employment report caps off a strong year for the U.S. labor market, which achieved a number of important milestones in 2014. Total job growth in 2014 was the strongest since 1999, while the unemployment rate fell at the fastest pace in three decades.


  • Third Estimate of GDP for the Third Quarter of 2014

    Real gross domestic product (GDP) grew 5.0 percent at an annual rate in the third quarter of 2014 — the strongest single quarter since 2003 — according to the third estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.


  • The Economy in 2014

    The U.S. economic recovery took a major step forward in 2014, achieving a number of important milestones.


  • The Employment Situation in November

    Job growth in November was strong, and the economy has now already added more jobs in 2014 than in any full calendar year since the late 1990s.


  • Second Estimate of GDP for the Third Quarter of 2014

    Today’s upward revision affirms that economic growth in the third quarter was strong, consistent with a broad range of other indicators showing improvement in the labor market, increasing domestic energy security, and continued low health cost growth.


  • The Employment Situation in October

    The private sector has added 10.6 million jobs over 56 straight months of job growth, extending the longest streak on record.


  • Advance Estimate of GDP for the Third Quarter of 2014

    Economic growth in the third quarter was strong, consistent with a broad range of other indicators showing improvement in the labor market, rising consumer sentiment, increasing domestic energy security, and continued low health cost growth.


  • The Employment Situation in September

    With this latest report, America’s businesses extended the longest streak of private-sector job gains on record. The data underscore that six years after the Great Recession—thanks to the hard work of the American people and in part to the policies the President has pursued—our economy has bounced back more strongly than most others around the world.


  • Economy

    Third Estimate of GDP for the Second Quarter of 2014

    This latest revision confirms that economic growth in the second quarter was strong, and other recent data suggest that this momentum has continued into the subsequent months.


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