How to read the budget watchdog’s numbers for the economy

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In addition to the personal debt and spending numbers, the OBR will also expose its forecasts for development and unemployment. Given the unprecedented uncertainty, the OBR outlined 3 unique paths for the economic system in its Fiscal Sustainability Report in July: an upside, central and draw back circumstance.

With a 2nd lockdown sending the recovery back again into reverse and the Chancellor extending the furlough plan into upcoming yr, the OBR is probable to revise these figures.

Back in July, its central circumstance predicted that unemployment would peak at 12pc whilst GDP would collapse 12.4pc in 2020. That would be followed by a speedy recovery for the economic system, with development hitting eight.7pc in 2021 and unemployment returning to five.3pc by 2024. Having said that, in that result GDP was nevertheless 3pc decrease by 2025 than it was in its March forecast.

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