U.S. Economy Loses 17,000 Jobs in January by John Henry Posted 2/1/2008 07:47 am Updated 3 years ago The U.S. unemployment rate changed little from December to January, dipping slightly to 4.9 percent, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Want the Full Article? Get Unlimited Archive Access for $19.95 per Year Readers must pay to access stories older than 20 days. Purchase Now Already have archive access? Login to view this article.