Countries across Europe report that the economic hard times that followed in the wake of the 2008 financial crises might be drawing to an end. 

For example, the UK can boast of several quarters of continuing growth, and the message ringing out from parliaments across the continent is one of cautious economic optimism.

This begs the question: 'what sort of figures do you base that optimism on?'

One parameter often cited is job creation, which is often used as a yard stick for measuring economic growth - as is the case with this recent graph from across the Atlantic. The graph shows the net employment change by major industries in the USA from February 2010 to March 2014, as well as the median hourly wage in the industries.

While the overall numbers of jobs are going up, the graph shows that the largest numbers of new jobs are coming from low-wage industries, and that US federal, state and local governments are still laying off people. 

What do you think of the graph? And how do you think it would look for your country, or all of Europe? 

Let us know in the comment field below.