Sections of worn concrete are removed from a section of Interstate 90 during a repaving project in June near Snoqualmie Pass, Wash., one of several projects on the roadway that are being paid for by federal stimulus money. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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Despite the economy growing in the third quarter, it could take much longer for lost jobs to return, and consumers and companies alike seem reticent to return to their old habits. A shopper makes her way down an aisle at a Target in Durham, N.C. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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