In April, the Brooklyn Job Fair drew thousands of participants, including nearly 80 employers. That same month saw unemployment jump to 9 percent from 8.8 percent in March. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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On Dec. 9, 2008, former Freddie Mac CEO Richard Syron (left) and former Fannie Mae CEO Daniel Mudd wait to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Securities and Exchange Commission has brought civil fraud charges against six former top executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, including Syron and Mudd. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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People wait to see a career adviser at a training center operated by the New York Department of Labor in New York City. NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a survey on the emotional, physical and financial effects of being without work for a year or more. Nearly 70 percent of respondents would like the government to offer more job training opportunities. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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European Central Bank Chief Mario Draghi speaks with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday. European leaders will meet there next week to discuss their options for fixing the region's sovereign debt crisis. JohnThys/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Patients sit after their cataract surgeries at a hospital of the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, India. Reinhard Krause/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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In a Healthpoint clinic in the village of Mallan in Punjab, India, lab technician Navdeep Sharma draws Suba Singh's blood sample. Part of Healthpoint's business plan is to offer cheap diagnostic tests at its clinics. Diagnosing and treating people in a single visit is one key to delivering affordable health care. Soma Vatsa/for NPR hide caption

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Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff says higher inflation would help debtors by allowing them to pay back their debts with cheaper dollars.

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