Armando Tenorio at his home in Mexico last December. Tenorio spends most of the year working on a blueberry farm in Canada, on a temporary work permit, to support his family in Mexico. Dominic Bracco II/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Consumer spending rose in 2012, but not by as much as the year before. In December, these shoppers were out and about in Glendale, Calif. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Boeing 787 under construction inside a production facility at a Boeing plant in Everett, Wash., last year. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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