The number of people signing up for unemployment benefits rose by 13,000 over the last week -- a surprise and not a good one. But more people voluntarily leaving their jobs can also be a good sign for the economy.
After news that Sony is cutting 6 percent of its workforce and that the U.S. economy only added 120,000 jobs last month, the future doesn't look bright -- but a bigger picture shows it's all just part of a slow recovery.
There was one tiny bright spot to March's unemployment report: 164,000 fewer people were looking for work. One particular demographic that has dropped out of the search -- Baby Boomers who are choosing to retire prematurely.
The economy's doing better, but unemployment is still at over 8 percent. Lots of jobless workers have turned to federally-funded retraining programs, but as New York Times reporter Motoko Rich reports, funding is running dry.