The big job gainers in December were the health care sector, which added 35,700 jobs, and the restaurant sector, which added 24,500 jobs. Health care employment has remained consistently strong through the downtown; although the December rate is somewhat higher than the 20,000 monthly pace over the last year. The jump in restaurant employment is also somewhat above the 15,000 pace over the year. This could mean slower growth in future months.


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