US economy sending mixed signals: Here’s what it all means

              An ironworker guides a beam during construction of a municipal building in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023. The strength of the American job market has consistently defied expectations throughout the economic tumult of the COVID years. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
            File - Traders on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange watch Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's news conference after the Federal Reserve interest rate announcement in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. Some economists expect the Fed to raise its benchmark rate by a substantial half-percentage point when it next meets March 21-22 after announcing only a quarter-point hike when it met Jan. 31-Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)