Looking for a fruity red... but nothing too insouciant: Vending machines now sell everything from wine and bathing suits to gold and live crabs.
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March 4, 2011 Retail jobs are down. Meanwhile, $740 billion was transacted through self-service machines in 2010. Self-checkout lines are now common. But are we ready for completely self-service stores?
Job seekers line up at a job fair in SeaTac, Wash. The number of people requesting unemployment benefits last week plunged to a nearly three-year low, bolstering hopes that companies will hire more this year.
March 3, 2011 Weekly jobless benefit claims fell to their lowest point in nearly three years, and retailers report a strong February. But gas prices are now at a national average of $3.40.
November 5, 2010 Perhaps it was just an oversight. Or maybe it was a recognition of the stimulus' unpopularity. Obama commented on the jobs-growth data before leaving on a trip to Asia which he is framing as a trip to get business and jobs for U.S. firms and workers.
October 8, 2010 September's jobless report gave Democrats little to use in their efforts to hold onto their control of Congress while giving the GOP more ammunition to use to attack the majority party's management of the economy.
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