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Matthew Giarmo of Alexandria, Virginia, who lost his contract job with the Department of Health and Human Services in 2012, holds up a sign seeking a job with a lower salary than he would normally ask on a street corner October 8, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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Dakota Politicians Brag About Low Unemployment. One Rate Paints Darker Picture.

Rates for long-term unemployment in North and South Dakota are five to nine times the “official” unemployment rates.

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Unemployment Benefits Bill Clears Hurdle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed has cleared an initial Senate hurdle, but the bill's fate remains in doubt.

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Weekly Unemployment Benefit Claims Fall to 339K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dipped 2,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, evidence that layoffs are low and hiring will likely remain steady.

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Filing Deadline Near for Disaster Jobless Aid

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — People who lost jobs or became unable to do business because of the early October blizzard that hit western South Dakota have until next Wednesday to file for disaster unemployment insurance.

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Unemployment Aid Applications Surge to 368,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year.

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Initiative to Recruit South Dakota Jobs, Workers Falls Short

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An initiative by Gov. Dennis Daugaard that was intended to draw 1,000 workers to the state has come up far short.

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US Unemployment Falls to 7 pct. on 203K Jobs Added

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate to a five-year low of 7 percent in November, an encouraging sign for the economy.

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Matthew Giarmo of Alexandria, Virginia, who lost his contract job with the Department of Health and Human Services in 2012, holds up a sign seeking a job with a lower salary than he would normally ask on a street corner October 8, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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White House Pushes for Jobless Aid Extension; Jobless Claims Plunge

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is pushing to extend jobless benefits to long-term unemployed Americans.

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Unemployment Benefit Applications Drop to 323K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000 last week, the lowest since late September and further evidence of an improving job market.

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South Dakota Plan Could Cut Unemployment Insurance Tax

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota panel has decided to propose legislation that would lower employers' taxes for unemployment insurance beginning next year.

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