Power Breakfast: Some bright spots in job market, metro foreclosures, HOPE, social media scams, tax deal

There is hope in the job market, although not nearly enough.

Between December 2007 and the weak job expansion that began in early 2010, a stunning 8.36 million jobs in the U.S. were washed away, including 347,800 in Georgia, AJC staffer Michael Kanell reports.

Yet the numbers do show places where there was job growth despite the recession — or even partly because of it, Kanell writes.

Rick Nelson of Cumming is standing on one of those dry spots. Following a three-decade career in corporate America, Nelson lost his job when his company was acquired, Kanell reports. After pondering his future, he came across a help-wanted ad for the Chattahoochee Technical College.

It’s not that the technical school sector has defied the recession — it has been swept along by it. Enrollment has climbed and so has demand for instructors, which Nelson became.

Among the other lonely exceptions: federal government and health care jobs, Kanell reports.

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