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The View From The Unemployed

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The number of people applying for unemployment benefits has been dropping around the country as the New Year begins. Companies are laying off fewer workers; hiring may be picking up. The U.S. Labor Department reported Friday that the unemployment rate is now 8.5 percent, the lowest level in almost three years. But that's just an average, and prospects for losing or finding a job depend on where you live. We hear voices of the unemployed from around the country.

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