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In Jobless Data, Devil May Be In Details

The unemployment rate is expected to tick up slightly to 9.2 percent. Two years ago, it was 9.5 percent. The reason for that decline: People are dropping out of the labor force and are no longer looking. It's the first time in a half-century that the labor force is decreasing, a development with long-term negative implications.
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Jobs Data Cast Pall Over Obama's Upcoming Speech

Friday's dismal jobs report raises the stakes for President Obama as he prepares to unveil a new jobs plan next week. So far, Republicans in Congress have shown little interest in the president's proposals. And the economic slowdown suggests that political gridlock has a growing price tag.
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Stagnant Job Growth Renews Recession Fears

Job growth stalled completely in August, leading to renewed fears the U.S. economy could tip into recession. Employers added zero net jobs during the month, and the unemployment rate held steady at 9.1 percent. It was the first time the economy failed to add new jobs in nearly a year.
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Virginia Looking To Revitalize Areas Dependent On Tobacco Farming

A panel in Virginia is debating how the state's portion of the national tobacco settlement can be used to revitalize areas that have been dependent on tobacco farming.

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Spin Machine Slips A Gear On Latest Jobs Report

The nation's unemployment rate remains just above 9 percent, and political observers say it's just about impossible to cast that kind a number in a positive light. That puts extra pressure on President Obama ahead of next week's jobs announcement.
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Secretary Of Labor: On Getting Americans Back To Work

August job numbers are showing a stagnant 9.1 percent unemployment rate. Concern is growing over whether the government could do more to boost job growth. Host Michel Martin speaks with U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis about the administration's efforts to create new jobs and what can be expected from President Obama's jobs plan next week

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