Better off 4 years later? A mixed bag of answers - Article Photos 10/14

This Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 photo shows Harvey Martin, a pilot, at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Ala. For 14 months, Martin lived in belt-tightening mode. No new car, no travel, no bolstering his savings, no stock purchases. The corporate pilot lost his job when the Birmingham, Ala., bank where he worked was sold, and the new owners closed the flight department in late 2010. Martin was 55, financially secure, not needing a new job, but definitely wanting one. "When you lose a job through no fault of your own, it's some consolation," he says. "But that's not much help when you're going to the grocery store." (AP Photo/Dave Martin)