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Job seekers stand in line during U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler's "Getting Southwest Washington Back to Work Job Fair," Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in Vancouver, Wash. The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in 5 months. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Economy gaining but not enough to cut unemployment

AP Economics Writers. WASHINGTON -- The economy is showing signs of modest improvement -- not enough to reduce high unemployment but enough to ease fears that another recession might be near.. Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, though some of that was due to technical factors. And the


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