The Federal Reserve said on Wednesday that it will raise interest rates from a low of 1 percent to a range of 1.25 to 2 percent next year, as it seeks to revive economic growth and prevent a prolonged recession.
The central bank’s move comes after the U.S. government reported its largest quarterly drop in jobless claims in almost two decades.
The median wage fell by 3 cents to $49,854 in January, while the unemployment rate rose to 4.9 percent.
The unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in February.
The Fed said it will keep rates near zero until the economy is growing at 2 percent.
The U.K. voted on Wednesday to leave the European Union, a historic step for a country that has been a member of the bloc for more than a century.
At a news conference, Fed Chair Janet Yellen also said the U,S.
and China have become too dependent on each other, with the economy growing by only 3.5 percent in 2016 compared with 5.6 percent in 2015.
“We cannot allow the economic conditions to deteriorate further, let alone deepen, in a period of rapid and sharp increases in debt, particularly debt associated with an unsustainable level of debt,” Yellen said.
U.S.-China trade was the highest in two years, reaching a record high of $2.05 trillion in March.
Despite that, Yellen acknowledged the risks to global growth, warning that the world will face “serious challenges” in the next year.
Trump has said he would consider pulling out of the Paris climate accord and has criticized global leaders for not doing more to combat climate change.
___Reuters news services contributed to this report.