Yesterday, the Federal Reserve announced a decrease in the federal funds rate — the interest rate at which commercial banks lend to each other overnight.
Growth earlier in the year was spurred by appropriations enacted in early 2018 as well as by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), though the stimulus effects of the latter are fading.
It may be counterintuitive, but government shutdowns are expensive. They are also bad for the economy.
Income levels for Americans vary across geography, race, and gender.