There are a number of different ways to interpret Friday's release of the latest labor data, which showed a 0.3 percentage point drop in the national unemployment rate. Here are a few.
From Barry Ritholtz: 'A closer look suggests that many people may be underestimating the recovery.'
From Planet Yelnick: 'It appears we are rapidly creating a huge chunk of the workforce that will be chronically unemployed.'
From David Altig at the Atlanta Fed: 'Have businesses in the United States found ways to permanently enhance efficiency, locking relatively high productivity growth?'
From Donald Marron: 'The most encouraging item in today's jobs report was the sharp drop in underemployment.'
From Andrea Coombes at MarketWatch: 'Talk about mixed signals. The construction industry lost 75,000 jobs in January, while the manufacturing sector grew for the first time since January 2007.'