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Economic Growth Hits Headlines, But Not Wallets

Despite the economy adding more than 200,000 jobs last month, unemployment ticked up and incomes have stayed stagnant. For many people, stretching every dollar is still an economic necessity.
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Stock Markets Take A Dive After Months Of Growth

On Friday, the stock markets took a dive for the first time in months. NPR's Eric Westervelt asks The Wall Street Journal's Erin McCarthy whether the mounting global conflicts had something to do with it.
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Fast Food Wages and the Role of Franchises

A new effort to boost wages for fast food workers is pitting McDonald's and its franchisees against the National Labor Relations Board. We explain the issues and the impact.

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Addressing The State Of The Union's Job Market

On the occasion of the July jobs report, Ari Shapiro speaks with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez about the growth in hiring and what that means for the U.S. labor market.
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In July Jobs Numbers, Fodder For Cautious Optimism

According to new numbers, the U.S. economy continued to add jobs at a steady pace in July. Employers added 209,000 jobs to their payrolls, and while the report showed the unemployment rate ticking up slightly to 6.2 percent, even that was a somewhat positive sign.
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As Labor Market Advances, Millions Are Stuck In Part-Time Jobs

Payrolls have grown by more than 200,000 for six months in a row — the longest stretch since 1997. But 7.5 million people are working less than 40 hours per week even though they want full-time jobs.
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Unemployment Ticks Up To 6.2 Percent; 209,000 Jobs Added

The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the rate for July was little changed from June's 6.1 percent.
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Minnesota's Minimum-Wage Workers Get 75-Cent Increase

Workers and advocacy groups praise the hard-fought change, from $7.25 to $8, but opponents warn it will wreak havoc on business balance sheets.
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July Jobs Report Less Stellar Than June's, But Still Strong

The government's July unemployment report, released Friday, showed the economy added 209,000 jobs. The unemployment rate rose .1 percent — but analysts say there was a good reason for the increase.
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Tensions Stir At EPA Hearings On New Emission Rules

As the EPA develops new carbon emission rules for existing power plants, the agency is holding a series of public hearings around the country where coal industry advocates made their concerns known.

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