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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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From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Yuki Noguchi previews the jobs report

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At a job fair in New York City earlier this year, a man waited for an interview. Economists say the job market is slowly improving, and the latest data on jobless claims seem to support that analysis. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Better than expected: Economic growth was higher in the third quarter than first thought. Here, a worker at a Ford plant in Michigan plugs a batter into a Ford C-MAX plug-in hybrid vehicle. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama spoke at a campaign event at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H., on Friday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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