A burst of hiring in December has lowered the nation’s unemployment rate to 8.5%. That is down slightly from the 8.6% reported in November. The Labor Department says the economy added a net 200,000 jobs last month. The hiring gains cap a six month stretch in which the economy generated 100,000 jobs or more in each month. That has not happened since April of 2006.
Economists forecast that the job gains for 2012 will top 2.1 million. However economists also say the U.S. economic growth will slow to around 2% this year overall.


The Annual Bridal Fair is going on tomorrow (Saturday) inside the Four States Fair Entertainment Center. The event will be held from 10am to 3pm. Couples planning on getting married will enjoying meeting vendors who specialize all items concerning the big day. There will also be a bridal fashion show starting at 2pm. Tickets will be available at the door tomorrow.



In Sports:

The Cotton Bowl is tonight at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The game features a pair of 10-2 teams, the Arkansas Razorbacks taking on the Kansas State Wildcats.