The economy responds to consumer fear and confidence, and confident workers quitting their jobs in search of something better signal to economists that things are looking up.
Summer vacation bookings are already up from last year. What's the latest hot destination? Vegas, baby.
Weak sales are keeping many businesses from hiring new workers. Consumers are not spending at their normal levels, and although housing has improved, it's not leading the economic recovery.
Private sector businesses added just 41,000 new jobs in May, leading Republicans to criticize Obama's economic plan. But analysts see a few bright spots.
The jump in "self-employed" workers in 2009 correlates with mass lay-offs. But is it right to call this new class of workers entrepreneurs?
The unemployment figures that came out on Friday under-report the total rate as usual. If the figures included everyone not fully employed, such as those who are a underemployed and those not looking for work, the 9.9 percent figure would increase to 17.1 percent.
Governments go broke all the time. When they do, the victims can be all of us.
Minneapolis and Buffalo, N.Y., are the only two large metro areas that saw jobs climb or unemployment rates fall over the past year.