U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls Below 5 Percent

For the first time in eight years, the national unemployment rate fell below 5 percent.


In January, jobless claims fell to 4.9 percent, the lowest rate since 2008 and markedly improved from a high of 10 percent in 2009.


Although job growth is slowing, growth in wages is starting to pick up momentum. Average hourly earnings increased 2.5 percent in January compared to a year ago.


Locally, the unemployment rate in Massachusetts is 4.7 percent.

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