WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve reaffirmed its plan to purchase $600 billion of Treasury bonds through the second half of 2011, while holding the federal funds target rate in the zero to 0.25% range, the Federal Open Market Committee announced Tuesday.

The economy is recovering, according to the Fed, but not robustly enough to bring down a national unemployment rate that rose to 9.8% in November from 9.6%. Household spending also is up, but is being constrained by the high jobless rate.

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