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People looking for work were filling out applications earlier this month at a career fair in Emeryville, Calif. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The scene earlier this month at a job fair in Sunrise, Fla. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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A recruiter for Cigna greets a job seeker at a career fair in Philadelphia over the summer. Mark Makela /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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