Good news on both unemployment today for the UK and also for wages.
For the first time in 5 years, wages have grown above inflation - albeit almost imperceptibly.
Another 155,000 jobs have been created too and the stark reality is that most jobs created in the past year are in the professional services and business services sector, with science and engineering close behind. These are no Mcjobs, much to the dismay of the Labour party peddling the self-employed and part-time worker mantra.
SO, when will this good news feed through to the benefit of the Government? It won't do necessarily of course, we saw in 1997 that a strong Tory growth economy did not matter - 18 years of the same Government were enough along with Tony Blair's schtick.
But really, in 2014, it is quite surprising that the Government is not ahead in the polls against such weak opposition. For the many faults, if this was an appraisal you'd be quite encouraged at the progress made, even if you thought things could be better.
So what will it take? It is hard to know, after all the macro picture is deteriorating for next year so things are unlikely to get better and those promised tax cuts are out of the question really...we will find out in the Half year budget statement shortly.