The Dshort website (part of Advisor Perspectives) hosts an incredible about of economic and market data. Periodically I feature some of their work, specifically The Big Four Indicators update. Taken together, these four indicators covering income, employment, retail sales and industrial production are thought to be an excellent monitor of the overall health and direction of the U.S. economy.
The recovery from the Great Recession has been slow but positive. The most encouraging development recently has been the strength coming from industrial production (purple line).