4 Signs That the Job Market Really Is Improving

The road back from the Great Recession has been a long and winding one, that's for sure. Even when some economic indicators have given us hope, other factors (often the ones that matter most to workers) have lagged behind. For example, despite lower unemployment rates, wage growth has been slow. However, now that the first quarter of 2016 is well underway, there are some indications that the job market might truly be improving. Here's what you need to know.

The 4 Easiest Jobs to Keep

Unemployment data can be misleading. One figure alone cannot paint an accurate picture of the current job market because so many variables come into play when trying to really understand the issue. Depending on education, professional experience, location, and industry, the employment picture can look very different.

Highest Unemployment Rates by City

To sum up the current unemployment status with just one number would be unfair. (Although, if we did, it would be 5.5 percent. Things are definitely looking up!) But unemployment data can't be boiled down quite that easily. Unemployment may be the lowest it's been in quite some time, overall, but the rate varies so widely that one number alone can't tell the tale. States and regions experience different economic realities, and the unemployment rate varies greatly by ethnicity as well.

Unemployment Is Down, So Where Are the Wages?

If you've been waiting for a fatter paycheck to find you in 2015, so far the news has been discouraging. Unemployment rates are down, which is exciting news, but we still haven't seen an improvement in wages. Here's why a lower unemployment rate hasn't translated to higher pay -- yet.