Amelia Schabel, 23, works with art director Andrew LaBounty at the nonPareil Institute in Plano, Texas. Courtesy of nonPareil hide caption

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Li-Wen Hung (left) and Whitney Chen were waiting to meet potential employers at a Manhattan job fair earlier this year. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Baxter is billed by its makers as a "collaborative manufacturing robot." It can work alongside humans to do simple, repetitive tasks. © Stephen F. Bevacqua/Courtesy of Rethink Robotics hide caption

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Hoping to see more of these: A "now hiring" sign in the window of a bank in San Rafael, Calif., in January. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Job seekers came to the ThistleDown Racino and Horseshoe Casino in Warrensvile Hts., Ohio, last month. Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer /Landov hide caption

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Looking for work: In Birmingham, Ala., last summer, Jessica McQueen (left) and Ashley Abramson were among those filling out applications at a jobs fair. Joe Songer /Birmingham News /Landov hide caption

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The scene at a job fair in San Mateo, Calif., earlier this year. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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