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"Least productive" Congress left D.C. without doing anything serious

Congress left town on August 1 for a month-long recess without tackling a host of U.S. problems - and lack of infrastructure funding is one of those topping the list.

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Unemployment rate dropped because 800,000 were not counted

The proportion of the unemployed and underemployed, including those  so discouraged they stopped seeking work, is still one of every eight workers.

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House GOP rams through latest devastating Ryan budget

The House's ruling Republicans jammed through a GOP-written budget blueprint for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, by a 219-205 vote on Apr. 10.

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Revive long-term unemployment benefits now

The Senate passed a bill reviving the program for long-term jobless workers. House leaders have said they won't take up the Senate bill, and Congress is due to leave town for a two-week recess.

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Keystone XL pipeline and the jobs controversy

XL backers' arguments that the project is a jobs provider are being disputed. Many, including some labor activists, feel that the pipeline issue does not need to be divisive, and that they share the same underlying interests.

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Official unemployment rate drops to 6.6 percent

The Economic Policy Institute, a progressive economic think tank, issued a statement that was positive in tone and substance about some aspects of the Labor Department's report but negative about others.

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GOP tries to pit immigrants against unemployed

Senate Dems were unable to get cloture on a bill to extend unemployment benefits for people who have run out of eligibility without having been able to find work.

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Jobless rate drops because 525,000 stop searching

The unemployment rate ended up at 6.7 percent in December, down from 7.9 percent at the end of 2012 and 0.3 percent but only because more than half a million people stopped looking for work altogether, leaving 12.3 million officially une3mployed..

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1.3 million jobless could go over the cliff Dec. 28

"I was once the main breadwinner but now we are not really able to make ends meet."

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Government shutdown pushes jobless rate up

WASHINGTON - The federal government shutdown for the first half of October, imposed by tea party Republicans who refused to fund the government unless they could kill the Affordable Care Act, pushed the nation's jobless rate up that month by 0.1percent to 7.3 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

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