White House Profile
Jason Furman
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

  • Third Estimate of GDP for the Fourth Quarter of 2014

    This GDP report is consistent with a wide range of indicators showing continued labor market strengthening and improvement in household and corporate balance sheets.


  • The Employment Situation in February

    With another strong employment report released this morning, we have now seen twelve straight months of private-sector job gains above 200,000 -- the first time that has happened since 1977.


  • Second Estimate of GDP for the Fourth Quarter of 2014

    The second estimate of GDP report for the fourth quarter of 2014 is consistent with a wide range of indicators showing further labor market strengthening, increasing domestic energy security, and continued low health cost growth.


  • The Employment Situation in January

    With today’s strong employment report, we have now seen eleven straight months of job gains above 200,000—the first time that has happened since the 1990s.


  • 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.


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