The improvements in Baker County's job market during April are modest, statistically speaking.
But considering the economic doldrums that have beset much of the state and nation over the past three years, even modest improvements loom rather large.
In April, 9.8 percent of the Baker County workforce was without a job.
That's the lowest rate since November 2011.
The greater reason for optimism, though, comes from comparing this April to last.
This April's 9.8-percent rate is 0.6 percent below April 2011. That's the biggest reduction, month-to-month, since May 2010.
That's the sort of cut we can sink our teeth into.