Hiring so far in 2014 has ranged broadly across many US industries

Economic IndicatorsAssociated Press

This year's hiring boom hasn't been just about a couple of standout industries. All major sectors have posted impressive gains, reflecting the broad strength of the U.S. economy.

Leading the charge have been professional and business services, a category that includes higher-paying jobs such as accountants and engineers. The sector added 631,000 jobs from January to November. Education and health services added 408,000, and leisure and hospitality 408,000.

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Overall, U.S. employers added 321,000 jobs in November. So far this year, job gains have averaged 241,000 a month, putting 2014 on track to be the strongest year for hiring since 1999.

The unemployment rate stayed at 5.8 percent, the lowest level since July 2008.