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Economy Is Poised For More Growth, But 'Fiscal Cliff' Looms, Bernanke Says

The Federal Reserve chairman sees reasons for growth to continue. But he warns that automatic spending cuts and the expiration of the so-called Bush tax cuts threaten to derail the recovery.
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Greek Unemployment Hits Record High, Is Nearly Double Eurozone Average

The official unemployment rate now stands at 21.9 percent. It's yet another sign of how troubled times are in Greece.
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Jobless Claims Dipped Last Week

There were 377,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, down 12,000 from the week before. But the number of claims for the previous week was revised up.
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After Big Gain, Markets Look To Rise Again; All Eyes On Bernanke

The Federal Reserve chairman talks about the outlook for the economy this morning. Investors will listen closely for clues to the Fed's plans.
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How The Housing Industry Affects Students' Future

New research shows that booms and busts in the housing industry help determine where high school students apply for college. Booms trigger applications to better colleges, busts to lesser quality schools.
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High Schools Grads 'Scarred' By High Unemployment

A new report by Rutgers University shows only 27 percent of recent high school graduates who are not enrolled in college have full-time jobs. Many young people with only high school diplomas say their hopes for the future have been dashed by the high cost of college.
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Exxon Mobil Leaving Fairfax For Houston

By 2014, energy giant Exxon Mobil will be moving their Fairfax campus to a new facility in Houston, Tex., moving more than 2,000 jobs out of the county.

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Economy Grew At 'Moderate Pace' In April And May, Federal Reserve Says

According to reports collected by the central bank, the economic outlook remains "positive." That's more upbeat than the kinds of things many economists have been saying in recent days.
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Can Extending Retirement Age Help Social Security?

A recent report warned Social Security could run out of money by 2033, and some policy makers have suggested raising the retirement age. But Steve Cunningham of the American Institute for Economic Research says that strategy would fail to reduce costs, and would disproportionately hurt blue collar workers. He speaks with host Michel Martin.

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