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The Endlessly Disappointing Jobs Recovery

Unemployment falls a little, then it stalls. It goes down a little more, then it stalls again. The Fed could announce new measures to bring down unemployment as soon as today.
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Employers Added 163,000 Jobs In July, Survey Suggests

The ADP National Employment Report signals that the job market is at least holding steady. But will Friday's report from the Labor Department reinforce or undercut that conclusion?
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Fed Considering Steps To Boost Economy

The Federal Reserve is meeting this week and could decide Wednesday whether to take further action to boost the economy. Or, it may wait until its next meeting in September. With the unemployment rate stalled out above 8 percent and no longer falling, and other signs of ongoing weakness, more analysts think the Fed will move to take additional action. NPR's Chris Arnold reports.
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Fannie, Freddie Regulator Holds Firm Against Mortgage Write-Downs

A federal regulator is blocking the government-owned mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from reducing the principal that homeowners owe on their mortgages in order to avoid foreclosures.
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Facing The Fiscal Cliff: Congress' Next Showdown

In December, Congress is poised for another showdown on the deficit and taxes, in what is now being called the fiscal cliff. In his new book Red Ink, David Wessel explains how the federal budget got to the point where it is today — and where to go from here.
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Homes Prices Rise, Consumer Spending Flattens, Confidence Increases

The news on spending is a sign that consumers remain cautious even as their incomes are on the rise.
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Is Housing Recovery Real? Not Everyone Is Convinced

Homebuilding is at its highest level in nearly four years. More homes are selling, and at higher prices. But skeptics say factors, including the struggling economy and a lurking inventory of foreclosed and delinquent homes, will push prices down further.

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