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But how to do that when 8.3 percent of America’s workforce remains unemployed — not counting the number of people who have given up looking for jobs or who are underemployed in low-paying ones they had to take simply to help pay their bills? The U.S.’ weak employment picture is one of the key issues in the presidential race, as well as for state and city governments and businesses across the country. It also is one of the reasons the Federal Reserve is said to be mulling a third stimulus package later this year as the U.S. gets dragged down by the ongoing ills of the European economy and slowing growth in China, Brazil and India.

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