Future's so bright he's gotta wear shades.

Last year, 2015, America witnessed unemployment rates fall to 5% (its lowest rate in more than seven years) but wages did not spike as some hoped. FiveThirtyEight staffer Ben Casselman takes a look whether everyday Americans might get their turn on the rebound's dance floor.

While there are positives, such as lower unemployment possibly leading to wage growth, offsetting headwinds include weak global demand that could affect America. However, Casselman does see one possible solution for the American economy:

That leaves the recovery dependent on consumers, who became more confident at the end of the year but whose actual spending is growing more slowly. (Of course, if wages pick up, that could also lead to more spending.)

For more information on the tests facing the American economy this year, head over to FiveThirtyEight

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