The domestic economic landscape remained on a slight uptrend in the third quarter of 2015, characterized by steady but unremarkable growth. The U.S. economy faced significant challenges from global economies and financial market distress. The Bureau of Labor Statistics raised its second estimate of second quarter 2015 gross domestic product (GDP) to +3.9%, above both the prior estimate of +3.7% and the first quarter’s +0.6% reading. The positive rebound, driven primarily by consumer spending, occurred despite a continued fall in energy prices. Employment was strong, with an average of about 221,000 jobs added each month. The unemployment rate declined to 5.1%.