In December, the number of unemployed declined by 14,100 to 666,700, as people looking for full-time work fell 9,600 to 458,700, and those looking only for part-time work dropped 4,600 to 208,000. Male unemployment declined 12,900 persons and female unemployment decreased 1,200 persons.
Employment rose by 21,600 to 12,714,100, easily beating market consensus of an increase of 16,500. Part-time employment increased 24,600 to 4,035,300, while full-time employment decreased 3,000 to 8,678,800.
The labor force participation rate fell 0.1 points from a month earlier to 65.6 percent and slightly below forecasts of 65.7 percent. Meantime, the employment to population ratio went up 0.1 percentage points to 62.4 percent.
Seasonally adjusted monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 1.3 million hours, or 0.1 percent, to 1,758.9 million hours.