Job seekers fill out applications inside the employment center at the Six Flags Entertainment Corp. Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson, N.J., in March. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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A cashier counts money at a Toys "R" Us in Los Angeles last November. A pinch in earnings and hours disappointed those looking for a pickup in paychecks last month. Liz O. Baylen/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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A customer pays for goods while shopping at the Atlanta Farmers Market in Atlanta. Average hourly earnings fell by 3 cents last month, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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People attend a job fair in October, 2015, at Dolphin Mall in Miami. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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Unemployment May Be Dropping, But It's Still Twice As High For Blacks

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Economists use the phrase "full employment" to mean the number of people seeking jobs is roughly in balance with the number of openings. heshphoto/Getty Images/Image Source hide caption

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Why Some Still Can't Find Jobs As The Economy Nears 'Full Employment'

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Nigerian billionaire Tony Elumelu hopes to create job opportunities by investing in African startups. Above: Elumelu, center right, speaks at an entrepreneurship event in July 2015. Courtesy of Tony Elumelu Foundation hide caption

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To End Poverty, Billionaire Gives $10,000 To 10,000 Entrepreneurs

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Ricardo Robleño Llorente and his wife, Laura Silva Kirkpatrick, show their college degrees at home in Madrid. Even though they have two bachelor's degrees and a master's between them, they were unable to find permanent work through most of their 20s, during Spain's economic crisis. "Why bother going to college at all?" Silva Kirkpatrick asks. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Spain's Economy Is Expanding, But Most New Jobs Are Temporary

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People do their holiday shopping in Manhattan Mall in New York City in November 2014. Retailers may have a harder time filling holiday jobs this year because of a shrinking pool of workers. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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This Holiday Season, Retailers Will Be Wishing For More Workers

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April Thompson makes a purchase at Legacy Team Sales in Ocala, Fla., in September. Economists say October's surprisingly strong job growth will encourage the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates next month. So holiday shoppers may pay more for using credit cards. Doug Engle/Ocala Star-Banner/Landov hide caption

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Could Delaying Retirement Be Great For Your Health?

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Gustavo Monteagudo fills out a job application at a July job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The U.S. unemployment rate in August dipped to a seven-year low of 5.1 percent. Alan Diaz/AP hide caption

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Jobs Numbers Suggest A Healthy Economy — And May Let Fed Nudge Rates Up

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After a long day, Emeka arrives home to the apartment in South Tulsa that he shares with his father. Kenneth M. Ruggiano for NPR hide caption

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Why Disability And Poverty Still Go Hand In Hand 25 Years After Landmark Law

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