The latest labor statistics show a net employment gain of 1.4 million jobs over the past year. As of the end of December, 3.4 million job openings waited for candidates, up 300,000 from the end of November. The report also analyzed the reasons for people leaving, the cause of most job openings. For the past year, the proportion of employees quitting, rather than being laid off or fired, rose to pre-recession levels. That statistic is an interesting demonstration that normal times may be returning. Although many people feel the emergence from the recession has been glacial, all good news should be welcomed.