Surprises to the upside are almost always well received. Like getting a Baker’s dozen at the Crispy Creme, or finding a good parking spot downtown. [Last] week’s slate of economic releases contained a few upside surprises of its own. Nothing quite on the same order as discovering there’s an extra glazed donut in the box, but still some pretty good news. [Friday] morning, in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly employment report, we learned that the Unemployment Rate fell to 7% from October’s 7.3%. That’s a five year low.