More in the not-so-great news vein: weekly initial unemployment claims ("1st time unemployment claims") are relatively high, the unemployment rate increased in 43 states last month and the number of job openings in the economy during November was near a record low. In the slightly more positive news front, temporary job openings are up.
More better, sooner? Let's hope so. (Much thanks to Calculated Risk, who covers breaking economic news like no other.)