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<p>Job-seekers await the opening of a job fair specially held for migrant workers who are returning home during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, in Hefei, China, February 7, 2011.

REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Job-seekers await the opening of a job fair specially held for migrant workers who are returning home during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, in Hefei, China, February 7, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

Job-seekers await the opening of a job fair specially held for migrant workers who are returning home during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, in Hefei, China, February 7, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Men hold placards offering temporal employment services in Glenvista, south of Johannesburg, October 7, 2010. 


REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko</p>

Men hold placards offering temporal employment services in Glenvista, south of Johannesburg, October 7, 2010. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Men hold placards offering temporal employment services in Glenvista, south of Johannesburg, October 7, 2010. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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<p>Job applicant Karen Mayte Gutierrez looks at business cards at a job fair in Los Angeles, October 13, 2010. 

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Job applicant Karen Mayte Gutierrez looks at business cards at a job fair in Los Angeles, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Job applicant Karen Mayte Gutierrez looks at business cards at a job fair in Los Angeles, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>People wait in line to enter a government job centre in Madrid, September 2, 2010. 

REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

People wait in line to enter a government job centre in Madrid, September 2, 2010. REUTERS/Susana Vera

People wait in line to enter a government job centre in Madrid, September 2, 2010. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>A woman sits for a test at the "Job and Career Advice 2010" fair in Riga, November 13, 2010. 


REUTERS/Ints Kalnins</p>

A woman sits for a test at the "Job and Career Advice 2010" fair in Riga, November 13, 2010. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

A woman sits for a test at the "Job and Career Advice 2010" fair in Riga, November 13, 2010. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

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<p>A man listens to job consultants during a job fair at Union Square in New York, October 25, 2010.

 REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton </p>

A man listens to job consultants during a job fair at Union Square in New York, October 25, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A man listens to job consultants during a job fair at Union Square in New York, October 25, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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<p>A placement counselor gestures to job-seekers at a job fair specially held for migrant workers who are returning their home during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday in Nanjing, China, February 8, 2011.

REUTERS/Stringer</p>

A placement counselor gestures to job-seekers at a job fair specially held for migrant workers who are returning their home during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday in Nanjing, China, February 8, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

A placement counselor gestures to job-seekers at a job fair specially held for migrant workers who are returning their home during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday in Nanjing, China, February 8, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Shaneika Smith (R) of West Palm Beach, FL, fills out an online job application with the help of career consultant Verdina Coleman (C) at the Workforce Alliance Career Center in West Palm Beach, December 2, 2010. 

 REUTERS/Joe Skipper   </p>

Shaneika Smith (R) of West Palm Beach, FL, fills out an online job application with the help of career consultant Verdina Coleman (C) at the Workforce Alliance Career Center in West Palm Beach, December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Shaneika Smith (R) of West Palm Beach, FL, fills out an online job application with the help of career consultant Verdina Coleman (C) at the Workforce Alliance Career Center in West Palm Beach, December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

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<p>Stephen Battaglia of West Palm Beach searches for jobs on a computer at Workforce Alliance in West Palm Beach, Florida July 2, 2009. 




REUTERS/Joe Skipper</p>

Stephen Battaglia of West Palm Beach searches for jobs on a computer at Workforce Alliance in West Palm Beach, Florida July 2, 2009. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Stephen Battaglia of West Palm Beach searches for jobs on a computer at Workforce Alliance in West Palm Beach, Florida July 2, 2009. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

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<p>A woman who was laid off from her job a month before wipes a tear from her face at the Manhattan branch of the New York State Department of Labor, March 4, 2009. 



REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton </p>

A woman who was laid off from her job a month before wipes a tear from her face at the Manhattan branch of the New York State Department of Labor, March 4, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A woman who was laid off from her job a month before wipes a tear from her face at the Manhattan branch of the New York State Department of Labor, March 4, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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<p>A woman reads a paper as she waits in line at a job center in Warsaw, March 9, 2009. 



REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko</p>

A woman reads a paper as she waits in line at a job center in Warsaw, March 9, 2009. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

A woman reads a paper as she waits in line at a job center in Warsaw, March 9, 2009. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

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<p>Jackie Comins, who was laid off from her administrative support job in December, at a networking seminar for unemployed workers at the California Employment Development Department in San Francisco, February 27, 2009. 



REUTERS/Robert Galbraith</p>

Jackie Comins, who was laid off from her administrative support job in December, at a networking seminar for unemployed workers at the California Employment Development Department in San Francisco, February 27, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith more

Jackie Comins, who was laid off from her administrative support job in December, at a networking seminar for unemployed workers at the California Employment Development Department in San Francisco, February 27, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

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<p>Job seekers line up outside a mall during at a job fair in Manila, May 1, 2009. 



REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco </p>

Job seekers line up outside a mall during at a job fair in Manila, May 1, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Job seekers line up outside a mall during at a job fair in Manila, May 1, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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<p>People wait in line looking for jobs during a Job Fair at the Miami Dade College in Miami, March 4, 2009. 



REUTERS/Carlos Barria </p>

People wait in line looking for jobs during a Job Fair at the Miami Dade College in Miami, March 4, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

People wait in line looking for jobs during a Job Fair at the Miami Dade College in Miami, March 4, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>Japanese college students raise their fists at a job-hunting rally in Tokyo, February 5, 2009.




REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Japanese college students raise their fists at a job-hunting rally in Tokyo, February 5, 2009. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japanese college students raise their fists at a job-hunting rally in Tokyo, February 5, 2009. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>A man ten months into his job search signs up for temporary work at a Manpower temporary agency in Chicago, February 5, 2009. 




REUTERS/John Gress </p>

A man ten months into his job search signs up for temporary work at a Manpower temporary agency in Chicago, February 5, 2009. REUTERS/John Gress

A man ten months into his job search signs up for temporary work at a Manpower temporary agency in Chicago, February 5, 2009. REUTERS/John Gress

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<p>A man looks at a list of employers at the 2009 CUNY Big Apple Job Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, March 20, 2009. 



REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton</p>

A man looks at a list of employers at the 2009 CUNY Big Apple Job Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, March 20, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A man looks at a list of employers at the 2009 CUNY Big Apple Job Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, March 20, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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<p>A man looks for jobs on a computer at the Economic Development Department in San Francisco, April 17, 2009. 



REUTERS/Robert Galbraith </p>

A man looks for jobs on a computer at the Economic Development Department in San Francisco, April 17, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

A man looks for jobs on a computer at the Economic Development Department in San Francisco, April 17, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

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<p>A handmade sign painted on the side of a pickup truck  in San Francisco,  January 25, 2009. 



REUTERS/Robert Galbraith</p>

A handmade sign painted on the side of a pickup truck in San Francisco, January 25, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

A handmade sign painted on the side of a pickup truck in San Francisco, January 25, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

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<p>Two migrant workers quarrel while waiting for job openings at a public labor market in Mumbai, November 24, 2008.  




REUTERS/Arko Datta </p>

Two migrant workers quarrel while waiting for job openings at a public labor market in Mumbai, November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Arko Datta

Two migrant workers quarrel while waiting for job openings at a public labor market in Mumbai, November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Arko Datta

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<p>LaShawn McCoy fills out an application for employment as a waitress during a job fair in San Francisco, July 20, 2009. 



REUTERS/Robert Galbraith </p>

LaShawn McCoy fills out an application for employment as a waitress during a job fair in San Francisco, July 20, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

LaShawn McCoy fills out an application for employment as a waitress during a job fair in San Francisco, July 20, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

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<p>People wait in line looking for jobs during a Job Fair at the Miami Dade College in Miami, March 4, 2009. 



REUTERS/Carlos Barria </p>

People wait in line looking for jobs during a Job Fair at the Miami Dade College in Miami, March 4, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

People wait in line looking for jobs during a Job Fair at the Miami Dade College in Miami, March 4, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A man hands his resume to a job recruiter at a job fair in Melville, New York, June 29, 2010.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton </p>

A man hands his resume to a job recruiter at a job fair in Melville, New York, June 29, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A man hands his resume to a job recruiter at a job fair in Melville, New York, June 29, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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<p>A jobseeker waits in line to enter the City University of New York (CUNY) Big Apple job fair in New York, April 23, 2010. 

REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton </p>

A jobseeker waits in line to enter the City University of New York (CUNY) Big Apple job fair in New York, April 23, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A jobseeker waits in line to enter the City University of New York (CUNY) Big Apple job fair in New York, April 23, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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<p>A woman speaks with a job recruiter at the NYCHires Job Fair in New York, February 24, 2010. 

REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton</p>

A woman speaks with a job recruiter at the NYCHires Job Fair in New York, February 24, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A woman speaks with a job recruiter at the NYCHires Job Fair in New York, February 24, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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<p>A man waits in line to enter the NYCHires Job Fair in New York, December 9, 2009. 


REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton </p>

A man waits in line to enter the NYCHires Job Fair in New York, December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A man waits in line to enter the NYCHires Job Fair in New York, December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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<p>An applicant fills out a form during a job fair at the Southeast LA-Crenshaw WorkSource Center in Los Angeles, November 20, 2009.

REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni  </p>

An applicant fills out a form during a job fair at the Southeast LA-Crenshaw WorkSource Center in Los Angeles, November 20, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

An applicant fills out a form during a job fair at the Southeast LA-Crenshaw WorkSource Center in Los Angeles, November 20, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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<p>Prisoners, who are about to be released after serving their sentences, listen to information about a company at a job fair held for them inside a prison in Luoyang, China, November 19, 2009.  


REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Prisoners, who are about to be released after serving their sentences, listen to information about a company at a job fair held for them inside a prison in Luoyang, China, November 19, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

Prisoners, who are about to be released after serving their sentences, listen to information about a company at a job fair held for them inside a prison in Luoyang, China, November 19, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A girl holding an umbrella walks past job seekers queuing up to enter into a job fair in Wuhan, China, March 28, 2009.


REUTERS/China Daily </p>

A girl holding an umbrella walks past job seekers queuing up to enter into a job fair in Wuhan, China, March 28, 2009. REUTERS/China Daily

A girl holding an umbrella walks past job seekers queuing up to enter into a job fair in Wuhan, China, March 28, 2009. REUTERS/China Daily

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<p>People crowd at the front of an entrance of a building before a job fair in Moscow, March 12, 2009. 


REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin  </p>

People crowd at the front of an entrance of a building before a job fair in Moscow, March 12, 2009. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

People crowd at the front of an entrance of a building before a job fair in Moscow, March 12, 2009. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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