You know the bad news when it comes to unemployment -- the jobless rate at 8.8% percent. Thirteen and a half million Americans not working. Corporate America is hiring more folks overseas than right here at home.
But it's not impossible to find a silver lining in the unemployment picture. Look no further than last month's jobless report. Fully two-thirds of this nation - or 34 states - saw unemployment rates fall, and in some cases dramatically.
That's the largest number of states to record a decline since June. So where are the jobs?
Texas added more than 37,000 jobs in March - the most of any state. Missouri and Florida also reported strong gains.
New Mexico reported the biggest monthly drop in unemployment among all the states - falling from 8.7% in February to 8.1%.
Other big monthly declines were reported in Florida, Oklahoma, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio. And if you live in the Midwest, you have a reason to smile. The region generated more jobs in the past three months than anywhere else, mostly due to a rebound in manufacturing.
And it's the first region which has seen new weekly applications for unemployment benefits fall to pre-recession levels. As a result - the unemployment rate in the Midwest dropped a tenth of a percentage point to 8.3%. Just above the northeast's 8.2% - the best in the nation.
But alas - it's not good news everywhere. The West had the highest unemployment in March, still at 10.7%. The south is still at 9%.
Nevada again had the highest unemployment rate of any state - although it did fall from 13.6% to 13.2% last month. California is second with 12%.
But make no mistake, the bottom line is this: we may be close to a recovery in the job market though we are not there yet.
Too many people are still without jobs - and worse many aren't even looking for one anymore. As we debate a host of issues in D.C. and state capitols across the country - we can't lose sight of the goal--- putting Americans back to work, and our economy back on track.
Gerri Willis joined Fox Business Network (FBN) in March of 2010. She is the host of "The Willis Report" (6 & 9PM/ET), a primetime program that covers the leading financial and political stories of the day and their impact on consumers.