┬áThe Federal Reserve pointed to weakness in the U.S. labor market and economy on Wednesday in a policy statement that came just hours after data showing tepid economic growth, suggesting the central bank may have to wait until the third quarter to begin raising interest rates. The Fed’s statement leaves it dependent on fresh economic data, in a meeting-by-meeting approach, as it seeks to decide on the timing of its first rate hike since June 2006. The central bank, however, acknowledged weakness in some sectors of the economy, making it more likely that it will not be ready to raise until at least September. “The committee anticipates that it will be appropriate to raise the target range for the federal funds rate when it has seen further improvement in the labor market and is reasonably confident that inflation will move back to its 2 percent objective […]