The economy last year grew at its fastest pace in decades, Commerce Department says

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The nation's economy grew 5.7 percent last year, the biggest increase since 1984, NPR reports Thursday, per the Commerce Department.

That said, however, the growth "wasn't a straight line," notes Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics. "The economy remains tethered to the pandemic."

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