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Sharp rise in foreclosure notices

Home foreclosures grew sharply in August, a marked 33 percent increase after slowing to a trickle over the last year, making it the sharpest rise in four years.

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In Florida, 98 percent pass state mandated drug test

As results for the first month of Gov. Rick Scott's "drug test the poor" law come in, only 2 percent test positive for illicit drug use. Conflict-of-interest questions also surfaced.

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Labor-backed think tank: Another lost generation?

When it comes to income and net wealth, the years since 1983 have been a "lost generation" for all but the richest 5 percent of the U.S., say Larry Mishel and Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute.

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Unemployed no longer welcome to apply for jobs?

Big business has set up a new roadblock for the jobless:  employers only consider hiring those who are already working, reported the AFL-CIO. In other words, the unemployed need not apply.

Youth unemployment exacerbates violence

New Haven's youth unemployment rate reflects the Bureau of Labor Statistics' recent assertion that the national youth unemployment rate reached an all-time high this summer.

Smiley and West's Poverty Tour: A call for unconditional brotherhood

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West brought the last stop of their "Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience" to Memphis, Tennessee. The location was chosen in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s support for sanitation workers and as the site of the National Civil Rights Museum.

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Campaign to solve housing crisis and create one million jobs

The New Bottom Line campaign turned up the heat on the big banks responsible for billions of dollars in mortgage fraud.

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Congressional Black Caucus jobs hearings begin in Cleveland

With African American unemployment at over 16 percent, the Congressional Black Caucus has launched a series of public hearings and jobs fairs across the country during the month of August.

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Labor-backed think tank: Job slump will continue

There's bad news for the nation's 14 million unemployed: Two top experts at the Economic Policy Institute say the jobs slump will continue.

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Jobs crisis worsens, Texans call for people power

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an increase of only 18,000 net new American jobs in June 2011.

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