Depending on where you look, the figures for employment/unemployment and for job search trends that appear to be on the rise can differ considerably. This shows up, for example, in recent items I found on RecruitingTrends.com:
How do job search, recruiting and employment trends give you useful clues?
Whatever your current situation is—employed and not looking, employed but looking, unemployed and looking, or unemployed and not looking because of discouragement—you can benefit by investigating and paying attention to job search, recruiting and employment trend information. That’s true even though various reports sometimes seem to contradict each other (partly because they focus on different aspects of a particular situation). Of course, you do need to compare carefully, sift through the conflicting opinions and decide what’s relevant for your specific needs and goals—as usual, one size does not fit all. However, ignoring the trends or failing to do any research on them can leave you clueless when you need to be—and could be—more on top of things.