Here's good news amidst all the downer economic info we've been hearing for far too long now. The unemployment rate is at it's lowest rate since April of 2009!

 

The Labor Department says 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.

For all of 2011, the economy added 1.6 million jobs, better than the 940,000 added in 2010. The unemployment rate averaged 8.9 percent last year, down from 9.6 percent the previous year.

[ via Fort Collins Coloradoan ]