I was playing around with Google Insight to see if there are any interesting trends regarding an improving economy etc.
If you select the link below, it will take you to the search trend for "unemployment benefits". Watch the animation of the search volume over time (the controls are under the map of USA).
I also tried: "food for free"
Sadly, both of these are trending upwards. If you want to see the scary 'unemployment trend' (the video below is really quite sad and scary, especially since behind the abstractions are 'real people' that are not in a happy place.
Just in case you are wondering if there is anything that actually is stable -- it is "insurance"