2012 is off to a pleasant start with the latest round of economic news.
The unemployment rate fell again last month for the fourth straight month as employers increased their hiring.
According to a new Labor Department report, the economy added 200,000 jobs in December, which is double what it did in November.
The extra jobs bring the unemployment rate to 8.5%, its lowest level since February 2009.
Throughout 2011, the job market gained 1.6 million jobs.