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the federal reserve has been at the center of a major guessing game for months policymakers finally raised interest rates on the first time since the financial crisis after final meeting of the year that decision just two weeks away federal reserve chairman Janet Yellen keeping up gathering in Thursday's testimony before the congressional joint economic committee Yellen said the economy is growing and the labor market continues to heal confirmation she'll be watching for in Friday's jobs report when what we're looking to see is a continued solid trend of job creation that while we're close to full employment or maximum employment are at least in my mind there remains to March and some slack in the labor market are part time involuntary employment is art remains , too high economists predict a solid two hundred thousand new jobs were added in November with the unemployment rate steady at five percent yelling painting that's good enough to support a first rate hike in almost a decade expectations that higher rate cartoon to come while trading partners like the European central bank art using race sending the dollar higher and that could cause a headache for exporters selling goods overseas , that may be one reason why yelling isn't ready to say December is a definite soap a guessing game continues