Carpenters work on a housing site in Brandywine, Md., on May 31. Pent-up demand for homes could create jobs and help the struggling U.S. economy. Gary Cameron/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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A United Airlines jet takes off behind a US Airways jet at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Tuesday. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Employees and supporters demonstrate Monday outside of a Wendy's fast-food restaurant in New York City to demand higher pay and the right to form a union. Incomes have been stagnant, especially for minimum-wage workers. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Chris Viehland helps her daughter Jenna try on shoes for the new school year at a Famous Footwear store in Fenton, Mo., Aug. 9, 2012. Christian Gooden/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Workers line up pipe while drilling for oil outside Watford City, N.D. While the energy sector has been strong, millions of Americans have been out of work since the recession ended. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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A traveler collects his bag from a luggage carousel in the Philadelphia International Airport in 2011. Baggage fees have helped financially desperate carriers stay aloft. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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A police photograph shows burned and wrecked crude oil carrying rail tankers piled up in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on Monday. Dozens of people died in the disaster. EPA/Landov hide caption

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A Smithfield ham at a grocery store in Richardson, Texas, in 2011. Some senators expressed qualms Wednesday about the intentions of Shuanghui International Holdings, which is buying Smithfield Foods. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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Jeff Caldwell checks a vehicle on the assembly line at the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit in May. U.S. auto sales rose last month to their fastest pace since 2007. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Jim White of Pennsylvania pumps gas at a BP station in Ocala, Fla., in April. The price of gasoline remains stubbornly high, which may put a crimp on summer travel plans. Doug Engle/Ocala Star-Banner / Landov hide caption

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A 2013 Accord is ready to come off the line at the Honda automobile plant in Marysville, Ohio, in 2012. Accords built at the 4,400-employee plant are shipped to South Korea — an example of the importance of trade to manufacturing jobs. Paul Vernon/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Shoppers walk along Broadway in New York City. Retailers added 28,000 in May amid signs of strength in consumer spending. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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