The most recent release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a slight increase in unemployment, up to 6.7% from the previous month’s 6.6%. With deeper exploration into this figure there are indicators of an improved economy. Payrolls grew by 175,000 jobs, a large majority of which were in the private sector, outpacing estimates by about 25,000 jobs. This increase is the largest we’ve seen in the last three months, and shows strong improvement from the recent weather-related shocks to the economy. Furthermore, it is presumed that this unemployment increase can be explained away by the decrease of discouraged workers from 837,000 to 755,000. This trend is expected to have a positive effect on economic conditions symbolizing a somewhat improved sense of optimism in the American public and greater trust in labor market conditions. In an economy with over 145 million people employed, this increase in both jobs and labor supply is nothing more than a small step to a more secure and natural rate of unemployment. Still even small progression is better than none at all.