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How the nation’s economic growth has slowed since 2007

WASHINGTON — The national economy grew at a 1.7% annual rate last year, the slowest pace since 2007.The slowdown was largely due to weak consumer spending, the lowest rate since 2011.The national unemployment rate fell to 5.9% last year from 6.9%.The economy added an annual rate of 5.6% in the fourth quarter of 2017, the