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When Hard Times Means Leaving A Career For A Job

Alice Eastman, a single mother living in Wheaton, Ill., tried to make ends meet on unemployment while she hunted for a job in her field after being laid off in 2010. After a long, fruitless search, Eastman, a once-highly paid professional, took a minimum-wage job at Target.
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Can A President Really Fix A Bad Economy?

Obama inherited the worst economy of any president since Franklin Roosevelt. But like his predecessors, he's finding that the blame is all his when times remain tough.
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Agreement Between D.C. And Walmart Roils Activists

Walmart now plans to bring six stores to the District of Columbia, but activists are upset that the D.C. government hasn't pressed the retailer to agree to a community benefits package.

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Survey: Job Satisfaction For Federal Workers Down

Survey results show that job satisfaction amongst federal workers is down 1.5 percent this year -- Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post offers insight the meaning behind the discrepancies between agencies.

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Montgomery County Prepares For Bag Tax

Montgomery County's 5-cent bag tax doesn't go into effect until 2012, but businesses in the area are already preparing for the switch.

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Squabbles In Washington Frustrate Job Seekers

Since September, President Obama and Republicans in Congress have been fighting over jobs. With so much political focus on jobs, NPR checks back in with the people we've been following as part of our Road Back to Work series. They started the year unemployed and searching for work.

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