There was a recent article from Bloomberg with some good economic news for November. The article reports on a recent survey reporting that confidence among U.S. small businesses had risen to the highest level since the start of the Great Recession (at least that's what I call it). An interesting side note, if you Google Great Recession Wikipedia calls it the Financial Crisis of 2007-2010 - talk about a euphamism!
The survey results are reflected in the National Federation of Independent Business's optimism index that rose to 93.2. Read the whole article for details and if you like graphs there are three links to some that dramatically show the good news. The first is the link to the index described above. The second is the link to the survey results for consumer spending. Both of these links are near the beginning of the article. The third is the link to the Russell 2000 Index about half way through the article.
Guess what link in the article does not reflect such great improvement. If you guessed jobs you would be correct, of course. That link to the jobless rate is near the end of the article and while it does reflect some improvement, there is still a long way to go. Look for a follow up posting later when the December results are in. Hopefully the current trend will continue.