GDP grows but pace slows

Americans who were expecting another major national economic growth leap during the first quarter of the year may have been disappointed to see the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Although gross domestic product climbed at an annual rate of 1.8 percent during the first three months of the year, it was well below the 3.1 percent rate achieved in the fourth quarter of 2010.

"Bottom line, things aren't falling off a cliff, but they're trudging along at what is likely to be a fairly weak pace," Keith Hembre, chief economist at Nuveen Asset Management, told CNN Money.

Mark Doms, chief economist at the department, said the new data indicates a significant surge in new hires. He said the economy added 854,000 jobs during the first four months of 2011, which will help propel the nation forward for the remainder of the year.

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