WASHINGTON — The fiscal cliff could trigger another recession in the U.S. next year and cause the unemployment rate to jump to 9.1%, a new Congressional Budget Office report warned.

The nonpartisan CBO also said that the gross domestic product would be cut by 0.5% next year if Congress and the Obama administration fail to come to an agreement to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” ¬¬¬¬-- the $600 billion in tax increases and $1 trillion in automatic across-the-board spending cuts that are slated to go into effect early next year.

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