Officially, the national recession ended several years ago.
You could not prove that by a lot of workers, especially in Oregon.
But employment in the state appears to be improving, if not surging... it's just not consistent across the state; Southwest Oregon lags behind.
March and April both saw strong job growth, with a corresponding lowering of the unemployment rate.
But what are the bits of information that make up the big picture?
We visit with Oregon Employment Department economist Guy Tauer.