The Stock Market is not an indication of our health/economy.
That's because the stock market is manipulated by the big investment banking firms and insiders on Wall St.
They get investors feeling good about the market, then create a big sell. They make thier money and the average Joes pay for it. Then, when the market is real low, they buy. Market starts looking like a decent investment and more averegae Joes buy in. Then the big boys sell everything, take thier profits while the Joes take thier lumps.
Then, the cycle starts over.