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Fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union protest outside of a Burger King Worldwide Inc. restaurant in Los Angeles.

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Fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union protest outside of a Burger King Worldwide Inc. restaurant in Los Angeles.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $9.32

That’s the minimum wage in Washington state, the highest in the nation. Washington’s minimum wage has been adjusted upward for inflation every year since 2001, under the terms of a ballot initiative passed by voters in 1998 that raised the...

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William D. Smart, Jr., pastor of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, right, protests with fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union inside of a Subway restaurant in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2013.

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William D. Smart, Jr., pastor of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, right, protests with fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union inside of a Subway restaurant in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2013.

Obama: America Ready for a Raise

“It’s time to give America a raise,” the president said today. President Barack Obama is talking about the minimum wage, the one long set at $7.25 an hour. He wants to raise it in steps to $10.10. He has issued...

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People cross a slushy Park Avenue on Feb. 18, 2014 in New York City.

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People cross a slushy Park Avenue on Feb. 18, 2014 in New York City.

Income Taxes May Mean Economy Hasn’t Taken Much of a Weather Hit

The weather has helped produce some pretty weak readings of economic activity — that much even Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has admitted. Federal tax receipts, however, are showing a picture of stronger growth. Income and payroll tax collection data...

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Job seekers line up for the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego on Feb. 27, 2014.

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Job seekers line up for the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego on Feb. 27, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 63%

The labor force participation rate of 63 percent in January underscores how the job market has recovered slowly and partially since a deep recession ended in 2009. The labor force participation rate — the share of people who are 16...

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A shopper in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Photograph by Meg Roussos/Bloomberg

A shopper in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $427.8 Billion

U.S. retail and food service sales in January fell 0.4 percent to $427.8 billion, according to the Commerce Department. That’s the biggest drop since June 2012. “Slower employment and wage growth the last two months, along with colder-than-normal temperatures, caused...

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A demonstrator holds a portrait of Edward Snowden during a protest against government surveillance on Oct. 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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A demonstrator holds a portrait of Edward Snowden during a protest against government surveillance on Oct. 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

USIS, Snowden Vetter, Follows Playbook for Firms Under Scrutiny

US Investigations Services LLC, the top provider of background checks to federal agencies, is battling to repair its reputation as it responds to vetting failures such as allowing Edward Snowden to handle classified information. Like BP Plc after the Gulf of Mexico oil...

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Job recruiter Pedro Gonzalez, right, speaks to Daniel Laminitis during the Choice Career Fair in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Job recruiter Pedro Gonzalez, right, speaks to Daniel Laminitis during the Choice Career Fair in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 2.6%

With unemployment down to 6.6 percent nationally — as reported in the Labor Department’s latest January survey — the overview obscures the range of joblessness measured around the country. Bloomberg’s Alex Tanzi has tallied the numbers by Federal Reserve District,...

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Workers apply fiberglass to an inboard speed boat mold at the Mastercraft Boat Co. factory in Vonore, Tennessee, on Feb. 4, 2014.

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Workers apply fiberglass to an inboard speed boat mold at the Mastercraft Boat Co. factory in Vonore, Tennessee, on Feb. 4, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 3%

The federal budget deficit is projected to be 3 percent of gross domestic product in fiscal year 2014, barring changes to laws governing taxes and spending. That translates to a $514 billion deficit, according to a report the Congressional Budget...

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