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Job seekers speak to potential employers at a jobs fair for people 50-years-old and older, put together by the United Jewish Appeal Federation and  Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, on November 20, 2013 in New York City.

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Job seekers speak to potential employers at a jobs fair for people 50-years-old and older, put together by the United Jewish Appeal Federation and Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, on November 20, 2013 in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 38

That’s how many states had a lower unemployment rate last month than in October 2012. The national unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in October ,compared with 7.9 percent a year earlier, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Florida,...

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Adult film actresses Chanel Preston, Allie Haze and Selena Rose are silhouetted onstage as they watch a video clip while presenting awards during the 29th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Adult film actresses Chanel Preston, Allie Haze and Selena Rose are silhouetted onstage as they watch a video clip while presenting awards during the 29th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Porn Stars on the Job in Labor Survey

Written with Lorraine Woellert Did a porn star’s syphilis outbreak slow U.S. job growth last month? Some bloggers seem to think it might have, and it sounds like a great story. Yet it’s probably not true. Yes, employment at movie...

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Patricipants hold a sign while walking in the March for Jobs and Justice in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Aug. 28, 2013. The march is part of the Let Freedom Ring ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the "I have a Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Patricipants hold a sign while walking in the March for Jobs and Justice in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Aug. 28, 2013. The march is part of the Let Freedom Ring ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the "I have a Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By the Numbers: 41.6 Percent

Before the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the unemployment rate among black teenagers, those aged 16-19, was 41.6 percent,  according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was double the unemployment rate among white teenagers, 20.3...

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Job seekers talk with Target Corp. employees during a hiring event at a new store in San Francisco, California.

Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Job seekers talk with Target Corp. employees during a hiring event at a new store in San Francisco, California.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 7.2%

That’s how much higher the July unemployment rate was for people with less than a high school diploma than for people who have at least a bachelor’s degree. The jobless rate was 11 percent last month for those lacking a...

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A waitress carries platters of food through the kitchen at a restaurant in Peoria, Illinois.

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

A waitress carries platters of food through the kitchen at a restaurant in Peoria, Illinois.

Retailers, Restaurants Accounted for Half of Employment Gain in July

Employers added 162,000 workers to their payrolls in July, the fewest in four months. The composition of the job growth is a bit more concerning. More than half of the increase in July employment occurred at retailers and restaurants and...

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Michigan lawmakers approved bills to prohibit mandatory union dues in workplaces as thousands of chanting protesters thronged the capitol in Lansing.

Photograph by Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg

Michigan lawmakers approved bills to prohibit mandatory union dues in workplaces as thousands of chanting protesters thronged the capitol in Lansing.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 11.3

That’s the percentage of wage and salary workers who were members of a labor union in 2012, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released yesterday. About 14.4 million of 127.6 million such workers belonged to a union last year, BLS data...

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Myrtle Nora arranges flag buntings outside the Capitol prior to the second inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington.

Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Myrtle Nora arranges flag buntings outside the Capitol prior to the second inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington.

Washington Wages: Leading the Nation

Guess where pay in the U.S. is up the most over the past decade. Guessed Washington? Guessed right. From 2001 through 2011, the average annual wages in the nation’s capital rose by 4.1 percent a year — from $49,420 a...

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