It could be the year that ordinary Americans finally feel like the economy is working for them.The forecast for the U.S. economy next year is positively rosy, and it could finally spur bigger wage gains for more workers. “It will be a better year—it will certainly feel better,” says Ethan Harris, head of North America Economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s research division. “In 2015, for the first time, we’ll see a modest pickup in wages. As the labor market tightens, workers will be getting a little bit of negotiating power.”Average wages have grown only 2.1% over the past year—the same sluggish pace as in 2013—and many economists are hopeful that the gains will continue to accelerate as the economy adds more jobs. The unemployment rate is now at 5.8%, down from 6.7% in December 2013, and it’s expected to continue declining through 2015.As recently as this summer, half of all Americans still believed that the U.S. was a recession. In reality, the recession officially ended in the summer of 2009. But climbing out of the hole has taken far longer than expected.