In Denver last month, a recruiter (right) talked with a job seeker at a health care career fair. There was job growth in April, according to a new survey, but the pace was modest. Rick Wilking /Reuters /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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