McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has had to put off a construction project because Congress failed to pass a short-term extension of the Federal Aviation Administration's budget. The hold-up has caused construction layoffs. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Debt Battle Leads To Layoffs In Aviation And Beyond

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What Happens To Average Joes If U.S. Defaults?

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While consumers reduced credit card spending after the financial crisis hit, they are starting to raise their debt loads again. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Consumers' Personal Debt Ceilings On The Rise Again

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President Obama meets with lawmakers today for talks on the debt ceiling. "I don't think the American people sent us here to avoid tough problems," he told reporters Tuesday. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Why So Glum? Economic Optimism Dims

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Kevin Morlan arranges packages of pork at a local Dahl's grocery store in Des Moines, Iowa. Economists are predicting meat prices will rise 7 percent this year. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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After Wild Weather, Higher Food Prices On Horizon

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Money Counts: A Series For The Financially Young

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Job seekers lined up at McDonald's restaurants nationwide last week, hoping to fill one of the fast-food chain's 50,000 openings during a one-day nationwide hiring event. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Does A Higher Minimum Wage Kill Jobs?

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Rising gas prices might be eating up your last raise. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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Paychecks Can't Keep Up With Rising Prices

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Pursuing The American Dream, By Renting

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