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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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Michael Doucleff Sr. (right) talks to a longtime customer at Duke Bakery in Alton, Ill. Dan Brannan/Courtesy of Riverbender.com 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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A worker welds parts in fans for industrial ventilation systems at the Robinson Fans Inc. plant in Harmony, Pa., in February. Hourly wages in the U.S. remained unchanged last month. Keith Srakocic/AP hide caption

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Bianca Medici (left), a corporate recruiter for CDM Media, speaks with job applicants during a Chicago job fair in May. The economy added 223,000 jobs in June, and unemployment fell to its lowest rate since 2008. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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