Does it feel to you like the economy just can't kick into higher gear? It feels that way to Cramer too.
And he thinks he knows what's wrong.
The Mad Money host put the pieces together while he was listening to a conference call hosted by Paychex, a payroll processing company.
"What they said was a real punch in the gut," Cramer explained.
"The chief financial officer, Efrain Rivera said that to generate the growth Wall Street would like to see in their payroll processing business 'there needs to be a slightly different environment in terms of new business formation.'
In other words, Paychex isn't getting the volume of small business clients that they should be getting if the economy is truly starting to turn a corner.
It may not seem obvious, but small business is critical to the economy and therefore the recovery.