Cold weather causes negative effect on the economy

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told Congress on Thursday, a harsh winter may be to blame for the weak economy.

Yellen said that frigid temperatures, along with rising mortgage rates, may have contributed to January’s low consumer spending.

Here in western Massachusetts, restaurant employees told 22News business is slow on bitterly cold nights, but there’s a higher demand for delivery orders.

“The deliveries definitely go up this time of the year when people don’t want to come out, so bringing the food to them is better than having no business at all,” said Marijo Bineault of Nadim’s Restaurant is Springfield.

The waitstaff at Nadim’s said popular menu items also change during wintertime. More people choose soup and stew over salads.

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