I came across this article published yesterday, it has some very interesting graphs that give us more of a macro view of the jobs situation, particularly from the point of view of the economic pressure being felt by jobs seekers.
Also in the same article are two interesting graphs, positions available and hires for total non-farm payrolls. Notice that the number of positions being advertised as being available has gone up steadily, but the actual hiring rate has been a lot more volatile. What I see in these two graphs is clearly increasing rising-wage pressures on businesses which, as we know, can be a presage to an inflationary growth cycle. It doesn't tell us anything about how low or high inflation might be down the line, but it does seem to be a pretty good indication that the end-game will be inflationary rather than deflationary even without the Fed trying to force an inflationary scenario.
Near the end of the article is an interesting graph of 'quits' vs 'layoffs/firings'. A positive value on the graph means more quits than layoffs/firings, which tends to mean that employed people feel that they have more choices. I know several people gainfully employed who reflect this in that even just last year they didn't feel they had any upward mobility... that they couldn't leave their current job and find a new one, but this year that sentiment has changed significantly (remember, this is for professionals already employed, not for the unemployed). More rising-wage pressure there too.
In anycase, all of these numbers indicate that what recovery we've had has been real despite not being reflected well in official unemployment statistics. It doesn't even look all that fragile to me from this standpoint, just that it hasn't translated into sentiment or bottom-line jobs (yet).