Friday, January 6, 2012

U.S. Economy Gains Steam as 200,000 Jobs Are Added - NYTimes.com

U.S. Economy Gains Steam as 200,000 Jobs Are Added - NYTimes.com

The United States added 200,000 new jobs last month, the Labor Department said Friday, a robust number that came on the heels of a flurry of heartening economic news. Consumer confidence has lifted, factories have stepped up production and small businesses are showing signs of life. The nation’s unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent, its lowest level in nearly two years.

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