Thousands of Americans still cannot find jobs. Despite the positive signs from the holiday shopping season, major retailers and stores are still not hiring many new people. A leading economist analyzed the holiday shopping numbers and found two major trends in the economy. While retail sales increased tremendously, consumers tried to find the best deal and were willing to shop around until they found the store that had the lowest price. The second trend indicated was that consumers are still wary about the economy regarding major purchases. Auto sales were not back to the 2005 levels and were well below expected levels. However, the positive signs indicate an improving economy that could potentially lead to more business and jobs in the next coming years.