I don't catch taxis often, but when I do, I like to have a chat with the driver and get his/her views on the state of the economy. It can be quite an interesting chat.
I also like to walk a lot, and perhaps it's due to my 'bear-ish' nature, but I have noticed a lot of shops closing down on the streets I walk on. Some of these have been in existence for quite a while (like 5+ years) and some seem short lived.
More recently, I have noticed some friends within my circle to be losing their job or struggling with their career stability. It almost feels like the grim reaper of redundancy is circling me like a shark.
So from my own personal, and microscopic experience, the state of the economy appears to be somewhat gloomy, or at the very least, cautious.
I'm interested in the views of others on their own personal/street level/coal face level on how they feel the economy is going or will be going. Please feel free to share