Optimism Driving The Economy, But Can It Last?
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Economists say job growth plays a big role in how consumers are feeling about the U.S. economy. Robert Galbraith/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Optimism Rising Along With The Number Of New Jobs
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Workers build cars on the assembly line at the Ford Motor Co.'s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., in December. As auto sales boom, parts suppliers are having a tough time finding the labor they need to catch up, having lost workers during the recession. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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Auto Parts Suppliers Hiring As Fast As They Can
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AGCO employees work on the assembly line in the company's newly expanded Jackson, Minn., manufacturing plant. The expansion brought the facility's staff from 850 to 1,050 workers and allows the plant to make tractors that were previously made in France. Jackson Forderer for Minnesota Public Radio hide caption

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Factories 'Reshore' Some Work From Overseas
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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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