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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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Lights, Camera and Lots of Action in the Local Film Industry

The film industry in the D.C. area has been enjoying a boom in recent months, in part thanks to local governments offering incentives for production companies to shoot here.

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Georgia Jobs Program, Lauded By Obama, Has Critics

Georgia Works is among the training programs President Obama is considering as part of his new federal jobs program, to be announced next week. It has been called a success by some, but has been criticized for how participants are paid. It's also unclear how successful a similar program would be at the national level.
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Democrats Urge Obama To 'Go Big' With Jobs Package

Next Thursday, President Obama will present his jobs proposal before Congress. Democratic supporters hope his plan will offer a rallying point to excite his base, rather than a compromise Republicans may agree to.
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Surprising Areas See Growth In Green Jobs

A report says the upstate New York region has the highest concentration of green jobs in the country. Another surprising name in the top 10: northeast Ohio. But critics say the numbers of jobs created are too few to justify the use of federal stimulus dollars.
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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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