The economy added 162,000 net new jobs in March. I think this is good news, even if about a quarter of the jobs are temporary Census hires. I like the look of the chart below, stolen from FiveThirtyEight.com:
It shows employment trending in the right direction. The unemployment rate stayed at 9.7%, reflecting in part more people who'd been out of the work force coming back looking for work. The link above to FiveThirtyEight has more in depth analysis of today's report.