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If you have been sitting on the sidelines in a job you don’t really love or that doesn’t pay you enough, it may be time to get in the game.

But expect a lot of your colleagues to be doing the same.

Americans are feeling better about the job market. About 36 percent of Americans polled in December said now is a good time to find a job—up from 30 percent in November, according to Gallup. That’s the most since before the recession started in 2007.

And those results came a few days before more positive economic news. In the third quarter of 2014, the U.S. economy surged forward. Gross domestic product rose 5%, exceeding forecasters’ expectations, according to the Commerce Department. An increase in personal spending fueled the growth.

Despite the generally positive feelings, the majority of folks responding to the Gallup survey–61 percent–did feel that it was still hard to find a quality job.

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And not surprisingly, younger Americans were more optimistic than older ones. Nevertheless, the news should encourage those looking for work to redouble their efforts while times are good.

About the Author

Susan Price has been writing about careers, entrepreneurs and personal finance for more than a decade. She’s been an editor at BusinessWeek, Money, and iVillage.com, among others.