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The US added 1.7 million jobs in 2013, and the unemployment rate averaged 7.4 percent, declining from 7.9 percent in January 2013 to 6.7 percent in December 2013.
The unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent in spring 2014 as job growth accelerated to almost 200,000 in March 2014, the average rate of net job growth expected for the rest of 2014. Private-sector employment of 116 million in March 2014 surpassed its previous peak in January 2008, but the labor force is two million larger in 2014 than it was in 2008.
The labor force participation rate, the share of residents 16 and older employed or looking for jobs, continued to fall. The LFPR fell from 63.6 percent in January 2013 to 62.8 percent in December 2013. The employment rate, the share of residents 16 and older with jobs, fell from over 63 percent in 2007 to between 58 and 59 percent since 2009; it was 58.6 percent in 2013. One reason for falling labor force participation was shorter unemployment benefits, generally 26 weeks after January 1, 2014.