Looking Up: Pockets Of Economic Strength Millions of Americans are still searching for jobs or facing home foreclosures. For them, the Great Recession drags on into its fifth year. But for others, the U.S. economy is looking up.

Optimism Driving The Economy, But Can It Last?

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An Illinois farmer checks the blades on his combine while harvesting corn last October. The value of the 2011 U.S. corn crop was more than $76 billion. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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Record-High Food Prices Boost Farmers' Bottom Lines

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Josh James co-founded the Web analytics site Omniture in 1996, then sold it to Adobe for $1.8 billion in 2009. Domo is James' latest startup. Derek Smith hide caption

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On Utah's 'Silicon Slopes,' Tech Jobs Get A Lift

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Is The Economy 'Looking Up' For You?

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Oil workers on a drilling rig owned by Chesapeake Energy in Ohio. Students are flocking to the energy field. Gus Chan/The Plain Dealer/Landov hide caption

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Jobs Abound In Energy Industry's New Boom Time

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While parts of the U.S. economy struggle, other sectors are seeing growth. Here, job seekers talk with recruiters at a career fair in Manhattan last month. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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