8.6% … Unemployment improves.Â We know it wasn’t any of the “jobs bills” Republicans passed because none of that legislation has passed the Senate. So why is the economy improving? Maybe because it had no place else to go? Maybe because some of what was done last year is working? Watch the GOP. Will they celebrate?Â Obviously the economy improving does not assist them in what Sen Mitch McConnell said was his number one goal: Making sure President Obama does not have a second term.