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This morning, the Labor Department released the November unemployment rate, non-farm payrolls, and average hourly earnings figures. The U.S. unemployment rate came in at 4.0 percent, which matched analysts' estimates. Non-farm payrolls, however, grew 94,000 versus estimates of a 150,000 advance. Average hourly earnings rose at a 0.4-percent clip compared to consensus estimates of a 0.3-percent increase. As for the markets, the March contract of the S&P futures (SP/H1 - 1382.00) is up 25.5 points, indicating a strong positive open.