Initial unemployment claims are back down this week after last week's spike.
Housing starts and home sales are up significantly despite continued tight credit. Prices are up in most markets.
Obama's poll numbers are up in the battle ground states, including a 5 point lead in Virginia. Early voting states show Democratic turnout way up over 2008 and down for Republicans.
The number of young people who will vote is still the wild card. They are notoriously hard to poll with no land line and often not even living in traditional households. Polling models are based on past election results. Shifting demographics and the building economic crisis among the Millennium Generation could make the polls simply wrong. They out number the Baby Boomers, but millions of women in this group didn't vote last time. Will the Republicans coming out in favor of 'rape pregnancy' motivate this group to vote? If just the women who were old enough to vote four years ago were to turnout this time, the election might not even be close.