Economy's momentum may be slowed by energy price hikes

Though many economists say they expect the economy's pace to quicken in the second half of the year, a unexpected rise in energy prices threatens to dampen those forecasts. GDP growth of 3.5% to 4% is needed to hold the unemployment rate steady or begin to move it downward, but if energy prices remain high it would be unlikely those growth rates could be reached, one economist said.

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