The December jobs report that came out Friday closed the books on the employment figures for 2015 and overall, it was a very strong year. The economy added 292,000 jobs in December, bringing 2015’s average monthly jobs gains to about 221,000.
That’s a very solid figure, although it's below 2014’s monthly average of around 260,000. For all of 2015, 2.7 million jobs were added, compared with 3.1 million jobs in 2014. There have now been 63 straight months of job gains.
The headline unemployment figure was unchanged in December, remaining at 5.0 percent. That figure didn't move all that much during the year; it finished last December at 5.6 percent.