Jerome meets Jasmine: Fed chief observes economic struggles

CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell normally spends his days in the marble halls of Washington, meeting with senators and Fed economists. On Monday, he learned about the job market from an 18-year-old named Jasmine. A recent high school graduate, Jasmine Ayala explained to Powell how she has just landed a good job as a laser operator at aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney: After graduation, she received seven weeks of training, backed by a grant from a local nonprofit called East Hartford CONNects. "It was an amazing opportunity," Ayala said. Her exchange with the chairman of the world's most powerful central bank came during a visit Powell paid Monday to a hardscrabble neighborhood of East H
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