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Applications for US jobless benefits fall sharply

By JOSH BOAK | 09/18/14 09:14 AM

Applications for US jobless benefits fall sharply

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 299,500, the Labor...
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Census: Real household income peaked in 20th century

Census: Real household income peaked in 20th century

By Terence Jeffrey | 09/17/14 04:17 PM

American households are poorer now than they were when the 21st century began. Among householders who dropped out of high school as well as those who graduated from college, real median income has declined.
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Cuts to food stamps will only hit four states

Cuts to food stamps will only hit four states

By MARY CLARE JALONICK | 09/17/14 01:43 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Associated Press review finds that cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed. As a result, it's unclear whether the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in...
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