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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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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Looking for work: The scene at a job fair in New York City earlier this year. Figures on job growth and unemployment in April are due Friday morning. Shannon Stapleton /Reuters /Landov 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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