Некоторые отрывки (выделения мои)
The information reviewed at the January 24-25 meeting indicated that U.S. economic activity continued to expand moderately
, while global growth appeared to be slowing. Overall conditions in the labor market improved further, although the unemployment rate remained elevated.
The unemployment rate declined to 8.5 percent in December; however, both long-duration unemployment and the share of workers employed part time for economic reasons were still quite high.
Developments in Europe continued to be a central focus for investors over the intermeeting period as concerns persisted about the prospects for a durable solution to the European fiscal and financial difficulties. Nevertheless, market sentiment toward Europe appeared to brighten a bit, and U.S. economic data releases were somewhat better than investors expected, leading to some improvement in conditions in financial markets.