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  This Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 photo shows Harvey Martin, a pilot, at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Ala. After being laid off in late 2010, Martin was thrilled to return to the cockpit in summer 2012. "Talk about an office with a view," he says. "Things are improving," he says, noting a jobless friend recently found work. "The recession that had been hanging over our heads - hopefully we've learned from that. ... No, things are not as good as they were four years ago when they were really rocking along. But the company is growing. My situation is good. I'm working again. It was just the luck of the draw." (AP Photo/Dave Martin)