While there is nothing on the employment front at the moment to suggest a substantive change from the last few years, December and January both tend to be volatile due to the large SAFs.
That said, I track the "covered UI" numbers - (updated quarterly).
2016 4 138,322,138 669,858
2016 3 137,652,280 683,238
2016 2 136,969,042 698,819
2016 1 136,270,223 695,415
2015 4 135,574,808 770,901
2015 3 134,803,907 729,281
2015 2 134,074,626 677,471
2015 1 133,397,155 665,981
2014 4 132,731,174 590,227
The series first topped 600k initially back in 2013-Q3, and has been above 600k every quarter since 2014-Q3.
While the 770k quarter at the end of 2015 was a clear outlier, I like this stat as a proxy estimate of "good jobs" since in most states, total income earned during a quarter is the determining factor for UI eligibility. In any case, historically this number tends to turn south either in tandem with a recession or slightly ahead of it. Since it is only updated quarterly, it's not particularly useful as a leading indicator - but could potentially be a confirming data point.
In any case, the size of the increase drops when companies stop hiring. (ironically, layoffs don't immediately impact the number, since by definition you're covered while receiving benefits).
If the next update (January) the increase is under ... oh, say 650k, that "might" be an indicator that employers are having trouble finding workers. Though, there have been times where there were multi-quarter drops followed by a reversal of trend. Currently, since the peak 770k increase in 2015-Q4, the quarterly increase has gotten smaller in 3 of 4 quarters. But the changes are small enough to be considered "mostly" sideways.