U.S. Economy Loses 17,000 Jobs in January by John Henry Posted 2/1/2008 07:47 am Updated 6 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 articles older than 15 days. Articles newer than 15 days are not included in this offer. Purchase Now Already have archive access? Login to view this article.