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Desperate times in America: selling food stamps to pay bills

With high unemployment appearing to be a permanent part of the economic picture, the long-term poor are turning to increasingly desperate measures to survive.

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‘Focus on jobs, jobs and more jobs’

Congress and the president must take swift and bold steps to stop the jobs crisis in this country, a coalition of labor and civil rights organizations told reporters on a conference call Feb. 19th.

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Recovery Act success stimulates the push for job creation

Reports released this week show that Republican claims that the stimulus was a failure are dead wrong.

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Jobs crisis spotlighted at monument built by WPA

DALLAS - At a Robert E. Lee memorial built by the New Deal's WPA government jobs program, an NAACP leader and others called for federal action on jobs.

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It’s an unemployment crisis, not a deficit crisis

Extension of jobless benefits is delayed again in the Senate, while conservatives push spending freezes and tax breaks for the rich.

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Senate moving toward smaller jobs bill

The jobs bill now being drafted in the Senate, only half the size of the one passed by the House in December, is "not enough."

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Teens testify ‘We want jobs’

CHICAGO, Ill.— According to 18-year-old African American Gabrielle Banks, having a job as a young person these days, is more than just an opportunity to gain experience in the workforce or build skills. A job is critical, right now, because it helps provide for the basic necessities at home, she said.

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In Obama’s hometown, people still believe

CHICAGO—It's just another cold day in the Windy City. People are going to work and school, picking up groceries, or putting in their application for help to pay their heating bill.

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Jobless rate declared dire emergency

WASHINGTON—Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute told a Senate hearing Jan. 21 that unemployment is a "dire emergency" that requires federal action "on a scale that can make a difference."

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Finding that work-family balance

I’m always a sucker for certain headlines at the grocery store check out line.

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