U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls As Economy Adds 200,000 Jobs

AP
unemployment report december 2011
unemployment report december 2011

WASHINGTON -- A burst of hiring in December pushed the unemployment rate to its lowest level in nearly three years, giving the economy a boost at the end of 2011.

The Labor Department said Friday that employers added a net 200,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent, the lowest since February 2009. The rate has dropped for four straight months.