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Fed's new economic forecast paints brighter picture of growth and employment for rest of year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials have a slightly brighter view of the economy than they did at the start of the year.

Fed officials say in a new forecast that they think the economy can grow between 3.2 percent and 3.7 percent this year. That's an upward revision from a growth range of 2.8 percent to 3.5 percent in their January forecast.

The Fed's latest forecast sees the unemployment rate, now at 9.9 percent, dipping to between 9.1 percent and 9.5 percent by year's end. In the January forecast, the Fed didn't think unemployment would dip below 9.5 percent this year. The Fed prepared the latest forecast for its April meeting.