Software coders (from left) William Stevens, Michael Harrison and Brack Quillen work at the Bit Source office in Pikeville, Ky., in February. The year-old firm has trained laid-off coal workers to become software coders.
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A construction worker uses a grinder to cut through steel reinforcing bars Feb. 1 in New York. A surge of job seekers sent the unemployment rate up 0.1 percentage point, to 5 percent, in March.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plays with children as he inspects a day care center in Yokohama in 2013. More than 20,000 Japanese children are on wait lists for day care.
José Moncada, 16, signed up for a summer youth employment program in New York City. He said hopes to earn enough to help his family, which lives on less than $30,000 a year.
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With the technology to conduct more nuanced tests, some companies say they can provide more useful detail about how people think in dynamic situations.
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