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Jon Talton

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November 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Vote: How is the job market for you?

Unemployment claims are finally trending below the disastrous 400,000 a week level seen since the Great Recession kicked in. The most recent number was 388,000. This is still high but a sign of potential improvement — even if it’s in line with economists’ projections that it will take years more to make up for the millions of jobs lost to the downturn.

Other signs point to some slight improvement: The ratio of unemployed workers to job openings was 4.1 in September vs. 4.5 to 1 in August. In Washington, 4,600 net new jobs were created in October and the unemployment rate fell to 9 percent. What’s your situation?

The labor market and me

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