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Bernanke dismisses inflation concerns, says unemployment turnaround will take years


The economy is poised to grow more rapidly this year, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said Thursday, dismissing fears that rising fuel prices will trigger broad-based inflation. But he emphasized that it will still take several years before the unemployment rate comes down to normal levels.

Speaking at the National Press Club and, in a rare step, taking questions from journalists, Bernanke gave a mixed assessment of the nation's economic prospects but left little doubt that he views getting the job market on track as the top priority for the Fed.  

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