Over the course of the last year, I've seen many people leave the place where I work, to go on to better jobs. And, in turn, new people filled their old positions and were very grateful to be working. Also in the last year, my wife became employed at one place, then moved up to another that was full time, allowing us to have insurance again. Her old position was then filled by a friend who had been unemployed for some time. So, long story short, yes, I'm happier with the economy this year. I can't speak for how things are doing country-wide, but from my perspective, a lot of new jobs are becoming available for the first time in a long time.