(AJC) — First, job seekers, the optimist point of view: Those 200,000 jobs Atlanta lost since the recession began in 2007 will return — by the end of 2014. Want another perspective? Try 2015. Or 2016. If recovery wasn’t tough enough for the metro Atlanta area — one of the nation’s hardest hit for job losses — a national report and local economists can’t seem to agree on when employment normalcy will return. On Monday, a national report prepared for the U.S. Conference of Mayors said the region won’t return to pre-recession employment levels for three more years, slower than what’s projected for comparable cities nationwide.