U.S. employers added more than 5.7 million jobs over the past two years — a solid average of roughly 240,000 a month. They were the best two years of job growth since 6.4 million jobs were added in 1997 and 1998 combined.
The unemployment rate held steady at 5 percent in December for a third month in a row. That's the lowest rate since April 2008.
Economists expect the momentum to continue in 2016 despite growing worries about the global economy and financial turmoil. Healthy consumer spending and steady home construction should fuel job gains, though probably at a modestly slower pace.
Here are the job gains or losses in each of the past 10 years, along with the average monthly changes:
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