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In a speech focused more on the broader economy than immediate interest-rate policy, Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin told an audience in Raleigh, N.C., that the future growth of the labor force may depend on people currently on the sidelines. Barkin said opportunities to grow the workforce include policies to support women's labor force participation, workforce development and legal immigration. The former McKinsey consultant suggested that business underinvestment and declining startup rates were a reason for lagging productivity growth. He said he forecasts growth to be "somewhat slower" in 2019 than 2018. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit for more information on this news.