US Federal Reserve officials grew more concerned at their most recent meeting about inflation, with members indicating that they lacked the confidence to move forward on interest rate reductions, Report informs with reference to NBC News.

Minutes from the April 30-May 1 policy meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) released Wednesday indicated apprehension from policymakers about when it would be time to ease.

The meeting followed a slew of readings that showed inflation was more stubborn than officials had expected to start 2024. The Fed targets a 2% inflation rate, and all of the indicators showed price increases running well ahead of that mark.

“Participants observed that while inflation had eased over the past year, in recent months there had been a lack of further progress toward the Committee’s 2 percent objective,” the summary said.

The recent monthly data had showed significant increases in components of both goods and services price inflation.

The minutes also showed various participants mentioned a willingness to tighten policy further should risks to inflation materialize in a way that such an action became appropriate.

Several Fed officials, including Chair Jerome Powell and Governor Christopher Waller, have said they doubt the next move would be a hike.

The FOMC voted unanimously at the meeting to hold its benchmark short-term borrowing rate in a range of 5.25%-5.5%, a 23-year high where it has been since July 2023.