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Tourists walk past a restaurant, closed in preparation for hurricane Irma, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sept. 7. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says a drop in U.S. jobs in September was likely reflecting the impact of hurricanes on workers — particularly restaurant employees who aren't paid if they aren't on the job. Michele Eve Sandberg/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Switzerland and Singapore lead the way in economic competitiveness, according to a global index that finds notable improvements in India and Panama. World Economic Forum hide caption

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World Economic Forum

Job seekers wait to speak with representatives during a Choice Career Fair this summer in Los Angeles. Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Claudia Caballero, a district manager for Aldi, talks with applicant Manoushka Metellus (right) at a job fair in Florida earlier this month. With a low unemployment rate, consumers are still spending but business inventories fell during the second quarter. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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Federal Reserve policymakers left rates unchanged, saying they were worried about job growth and did not want higher rates to affect hiring. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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George Soros, founder and chairman of Soros Fund Management, speaks during the 2011 forum "Charting A New Growth Path for the Euro Zone" in Washington, D.C. Soros now appears concerned that the global economy's path looks shaky. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Factories have been closing in southwest Ohio for years. This Delphi factory in Dayton shut down in 2006. Economists say that to a large degree, the decline in middle incomes reflects the loss of factory jobs. J.D. Pooley/Getty Images hide caption

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Consumers have been benefiting from lower gas prices. Here, prices dip below $2 per gallon at an Exxon station in Woodbridge, Va., on Jan. 5. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Cheap Gas Might Not Be Good For The U.S. Economy

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Pump jacks at the Belridge oil field in California's Kern County. Oil prices are expected to remain low in 2016 and economic growth is projected to pick up slightly, forecasters say. Education Images/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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