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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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The price of oil is displayed in downtown Midland, Texas, in February. Across the state, drilling budgets have been cut and companies have laid off workers. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Massive Downsizing In Oil Sector Brings Acute Pain For The Holidays

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Wayne Berry is training to be a truck driver. The shortage of drivers is so severe that on his second day of training, he already had a job offer. Frank Morris/KCUR hide caption

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Trucking Shortage: Drivers Aren't Always In It For The Long Haul

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Employers are increasingly using mobile recruitment tools to make applying for jobs easier and quicker. Jun Tsuboike/NPR hide caption

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Mobile Recruiting: The Key To Your Next Job Could Be In Your Pocket

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Prices for both gasoline and natural gas have fallen this year. An AT&T employee fills up his company van in San Diego last month. Mike Blake/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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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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Lineman rodeo contestants participate in an event that simulates an electrical problem to be fixed in Bonner Springs, Kan. The challenge was announced the night before. Frank Morris/KCUR hide caption

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Help Wanted: Must Like Heights And High Voltage

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Security and police officers help Pierre Plissonnier, an executive in Air France's long-haul flight unit, to climb over a fence after several hundred employees stormed into the offices of Air France on Monday. Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ellsworth Ashman lost his middle-skill job at Entenmann's on Long Island, N.Y., last year. Now he's working at a job that pays half of what he made at the bakery. Charles Lane/WSHU hide caption

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Despite Recovery, Middle-Wage Workers Are Being Squeezed Out

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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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Georgia Leads A Push To Help Ex-Prisoners Get Jobs

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