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Pay Gains for Young Women; Inequality Still Seen

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace. A new study finds women feel that way despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.

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Dakotas Officials Spar Over Which State Better Off

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Some officials in the Dakotas are sparring good-naturedly over whether the North or the South is better off.

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Survey: Employers Plan to Step Up Hiring Early Next Year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey for the first quarter of 2014 finds employers are very optimistic.

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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 Consumer Spending Up 0.3 Percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their spending in October even though their wages and salaries barely increased, raising questions about how strong the economy will grow at the end of the year.

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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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Illinois Governor Signs Pension Overhaul into Law

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law a landmark overhaul aimed at fixing Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis.

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Average US Rate on 30-year Loan Rises to 4.46 Pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages rose sharply last week, making home-buying slightly less affordable.

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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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Report: Arts, Culture Add $500B to Nation’s GDP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's first official measure of the impact of arts and culture on the economy has found the creative industries account for more than $500 billion, or at least 3.2 percent of U.S. goods and services.

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