The Dow is cruising at new highs, 236,000 jobs were created in February, consumer confidence is up, and Americans are feeling secure enough to take on new debt again. But if you're feeling somehow left out of the party, you aren't crazy. Things are still far from golden.
In Wednesday's Wall Street Journal, economists Mark Perry and Donald Boudreaux of the American Enterprise Institute refuted the "myth" of the declining middle class, with statistics that show we're better off today than we were in 1950.
The economic turmoil that has left many Americans without work is having a disproportionate effect on teenage job-seekers, whose quest for entry-level positions often pits them against experienced older workers willing to take any job for a paycheck.