From the booming state of Wyoming, things are pretty good. Our mining industries (coal, trona, uranium, etc), oil production, and coal bed methane are flourishing. The railroads are busy, you can't find a contractor that will even talk to you until next year, and housing is impossible to find. If you have a pulse and can pass a p-test, you have a job, or two, or as many as you want. We don't have enough people to fill positions in the service industries, so we've got (presumably) document workers from all over the place. Pizza Hut is even hiring at $10 an hour!
Our economy here is usually a year or so behind the rest of the country. By the time some of your economies pick up, ours will be headed down the tubes. After the boom in the 70s, there was a sign posted in one of our largest cities that said, "Will the last one out of Casper please turn off the lights?" This after it seemed it was turning into a ghost town. This latest boom will end, too. It's inevitable. We Americans are some pretty spoiled people. We get to riding the wave and forgetting that anything like the Great Depression ever happened or could happen again.
Our lifestyles are simply unsustainable. We want everything. It's hard to grow up and realize there are consequences for our choices. I bought an old Saturn for a work car (35 mpg). My pick-up (17 mpg) is sitting there with a full tank, but that doesn't mean I have to use it. I don't mind having to conserve because I don't ever want to even think about having to ride a solar-powered V-twin! Just because we have a boom, doesn't mean to use it all up. When the rug gets pulled out from under us, we blame the government or big corporation, and forget that it was our own decisions that got us in the trouble in which we find ourselves.
So things are looking good out here, for awhile, anyway. That means to me that it's a good time to be proactive. And it wouldn't hurt to remember what it means to be a producer rather than just a rabid consumer.