(WEAU) - "You can say were either halfway in this recession which is bad news or were halfway out of this recession right now which is good news," said David Schaffer, UW-Eau Claire Economics professor.
Job report, after job report, after job report, but which one do you trust?
"While the number of people looking for jobs has been going down, some of it is they found jobs which is great and some of it is they've given up looking which is not so great," said Schaffer.
21-year old Samantha Fransway says she is struggling to find a job and has friends between 25 and 54 who are struggling as well.
“It's hard for them to get jobs and things like that because once you pay for gas or pay for all your bills, you don't have anything, you know there's barely enough to scrounge and get food on the table," said Samantha Fransway.
But a spokesperson from the job center in Eau Claire County stops short of saying the federal figure translates on a local level.
"The national numbers can often skew local numbers because they kind of trump everything," said Dan Lytle, Wisconsin Job Workforce.
Lytle says that the Wisconsin Job Center has had about 500 job postings in the last 30 days, but most of those jobs are only asking for about minimum wage.
Even though the figures show that things are slowly improving, the job center says they also include people who are settling for jobs that aren't ideal for them.
"There are a lot of jobs here but we have to understand what is our makeup in our labor market and it’s a lot of retail jobs and a lot of customer service jobs," said Lytle.