EMPLOYMENT is on the upside. Employers are actively looking. Offers are getting better. Even so, many find themselves "stuck" where they are, with no light at the end of the tunnel. Getting ahead eludes them; knowing how to make things happen isn't easy.
Keeping your fingers crossed that a rising economic tide will take care of you or that your luck will change is, to put it bluntly, naive or even stupid. You have better odds at the lottery.