Job seekers fill out applications at a job fair in the Queens borough of New York City earlier this month. Economists say jobs in the middle — in sales, administration and assembly, for example — are being squeezed. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Domingo Williams, a participant in the Sasha Bruce Youthwork program, gathers wood to help rebuild a gutted house in the Southeast neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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Protesters are seen behind a banner with a picture of JPMorgan Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon outside a shareholders meeting Tuesday in Tampa, Fla. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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A foreclosed home in Los Angeles. More than 4 million homeowners nationwide are eligible for an independent review of their foreclosure process, but only a small percentage have applied to the program. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Bank of America is offering to reduce an average $150,000 in principal for borrowers who qualify, a bank official says. Chuck Burton/AP hide caption

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A sign stands in front of a bank-owned home in Las Vegas. Housing counselors say the $25 billion mortgage settlement between major banks and the states has yet to make an impact in communities around the U.S. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Anne and Andrew Houseman say they don't mind all the boxes that come with their online purchases. Courtesy of Anne and Andrew Houseman hide caption

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A recently sold home in Palo Alto, Calif. Home inventory is declining nationwide, and real estate agents say they are seeing more interest among would-be buyers. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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A bulletin board in New York's Jamaica Hospital offers advice for uninsured patients. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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A padlock hangs from a door of a foreclosed home in Islip, N.Y. The time a foreclosure will take from start to finish varies widely from state to state. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Employment is up, with most of the new jobs coming from small and medium-sized businesses, like this accessories store in Manhattan. But some owners of small businesses say they're still cautious about hiring. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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Many experts say reducing mortgage principal can help troubled homeowners stay in their homes. But two of the nation's largest mortgage holders, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have not signed on to the idea. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Fake business listings and other forms of business identity theft are a growing concern, causing real business owners to worry about protecting reputations and losing customers. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Customers use Bank of America ATMs in New York. The head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says it is looking into ways to help consumers limit their exposure to banks' overdraft fees. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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