Los Angeles resident Christian Del Cid waves banners calling for jobs on a bridge over Interstate 110. Exactly three years after the market crashed, some 14 million continue to look for work. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Specialists on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange watch President Obama's televised speech on debt reduction Monday. Obama wants to require investment fund managers to pay at least the same percentage in taxes as middle-income Americans. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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President Obama delivers a speech about creating jobs to a joint session of Congress Thursday as Vice President Biden (left) and House Speaker John Boehner look on. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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About 46 million people get government help in the form of food stamps when buying food. That's roughly 15 percent of the population. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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More Americans Hungry For Food Stamps

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And Now, Some Good News About The Economy

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Asian, European Markets Rattled By U.S. Losses

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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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