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Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 2:54 p.m.

In U.S., workers abandon job hunt

The unemployment rate has been on a slow downward trajectory since the recession ended nearly five years ago. While overall joblessness has dropped to nonrecession levels, the number of people age 16 to 65 with jobs is barely over 6 in 10, hovering at a level reminiscent of the late 1970s.

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