Good news all around today! The unemployed will probably get another five months to choose a barrel-and-suspenders combo that doesn't make their butts look big, and a new study shows that Wall Street holiday bonuses are set to return to pre-recession levels. So everybody's happy, and there's no need for any pitchfork riots or bricks through Park Avenue windows. Go Yankees!

Consultant Johnson Associates' annual report, which the Times describes as "a closely watched signpost for the bonus season," projects that financial industry payouts will be up 40 percent from 2008, when Wall Street handed out nearly $20 billion in cash awards and billions more in incentives to NYC employees. But just remember people, fiscal restraint is still called for, and let's not get carried away with excessive holiday gratuities for the help.