Gas prices are down compared with last year, but slumping consumer confidence could dampen Thanksgiving holiday travel. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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President Kennedy addresses the nation about the economy in 1962. He presided over an economic turnaround. AP/John F. Kennedy Library and Museum hide caption

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An American Airlines jet passes the Washington Monument as it lands at Ronald Reagan National Airport. That's one of seven airports where American and US Airways must now make room for low-cost competitors under a settlement with the Justice Department. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Skycap Biniyam Yehuala hefts a traveler's bag at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. On Tuesday, voters in SeaTac, Wash., approved a minimum wage of $15 an hour for roughly 6,300 low wage workers' whose jobs are at or near the airport. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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Acura MDX sport utility vehicles roll off the assembly line at a Honda plant in Lincoln, Ala., in May. Overseas investors have U.S. assets totaling nearly $4 trillion, including auto plants, banks and mines. Joe Songer/ hide caption

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Hans Kahl (left) speaks with prospective employees at a job fair for veterans, in Miami on Tuesday. With job growth still slow, the Federal Reserve may keep trying to stimulate the economy. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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A motorist fuels up at a service station in Springfield, Ill. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, D.C., where the federal government shutdown left policymakers without key economic data. J. David Ake/AP hide caption

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The annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank began Thursday in Washington amid a partial government shutdown. Many delegates are concerned that the U.S. budget impasse may threaten global economic stability. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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President Obama stands with Janet Yellen, his choice to lead the Federal Reserve Board, at the White House on Wednesday. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono speaks Tuesday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. President Obama missed the meeting due to the budget impasse in Washington. Beawiharta/Pool/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Even without official Labor Department data, economists estimated jobs grew moderately last month. Andrey Popov/ hide caption

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