These numbers are a measure of just one aspect of the economy. The factory I work at is loaded with work at this time and my hours have went from around 30 a week into overtime.
I also live in a small city and I noticed that the traffic during morning and evening rush hours has been heavy for a couple months now and also a lot of weekend traffic and that's a good sign since I'm positive this is very far from an isolated incidence of visible economic growth.
There's also the fact that the local stores in my town and surrounding towns parking lots are full where they were 1/2 empty if that much last year. I also realized for the past month I've had to wait in line for more than a minute at the grocery store because there are always a lot of people there and they're not just picking up a few things like last year but have full carts.
No matter what you hear on TV the economy is a lot better than a year ago and getting stronger very quickly.