The US Unemployment Rate for December came in unchanged at the high level of 10.0% as highly forecasted and the Change in Nonfarm Payrolls shed by 85 thousand; worse than the forecasted neutral 0 thousand and the prior revised reading of 4 thousand from a shed of 11 thousand, while the Change in Manufacturing Payrolls rose to -27 thousand, which is actually better than the predicted reading of -35 thousand and the prior revised reading of -35 thousand from -41 thousand.

Now, the country's Average Hourly Earnings for December came as expected at 0.2% inline with the prior revised reading of 0.2% from 0.1% and came in at 2.2% for the year ending December, which is better than the market forecasts of 2.1% but worse than the prior revised reading of 2.3% from 2.2%, while the Average Weekly Hours of lat month stayed unchanged at 33.2 as previously predicted.