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Alan Shull attends a job fair in Portland, Ore., on April 24. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke talks to educators Aug. 7 in Washington, D.C. At their most recent meeting, many Fed members backed action to boost the economy. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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