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As Trump Prepares For Big Speech, State Of The Economy Is Strong

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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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