Excerpt from the 4Q17 Witten Advisory: For the U.S. and across the globe, economic growth has been accelerating since the middle of 2016, rising toward 2½% through the 3rd quarter. This solid and steady expansion has resulted in lots of jobs being generated, as we see in the above chart. Following the trend of improving GDP growth, the pace of hiring for adults between the ages of 20 and 34, shown in the blue lines, rose through 2016. This year, however, gains for young adults decoupled from economic growth and decelerated, trending with the employment gains across all ages displayed in the grey line. Overall job growth has slowed from the peak pace of more than 3 million in early 2015 to just over 2 million most recently.