The U.S. economy may not have fared as well in 2015 as job growth numbers would indicate.
Total employment in the U.S. rose by 2.45 million, marking the third straight year with more than 2 million jobs gained, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The year ended on a high note, adding 292,000 jobs in December, easily beating consensus estimates.
The last time the U.S. economy added more than 2 million jobs three years in a row was between 1997 and 1999.
However, many jobs created in 2015 in the U.S. came from low-paying sectors, particularly retail, professional services and food services.