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  • Davos 2011 - A CNBC Special Report

    A focus by countries on developing a skilled workforce through improvements in education is necessary, according to participants in a CNBC debate at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

  • Screenshot of Disney's "Epic Mickey"

    Walt Disney has laid off a significant portion of its gaming studio employees, the company confirmed Tuesday.

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    Faced with yawning budget gaps and high unemployment, California, Michigan, New York and several other states are attacking both problems with a surprising strategy: helping ex-convicts find jobs to keep them from ending up back in prison. The New York Times reports.

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    Policy makers are working behind the scenes to come up with a way to let states declare bankruptcy and get out from under crushing debts, including the pensions they have promised to retired public workers, the New York Times reports.

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    Going through one of the worst economic sagas in US history has thrown the country into two types of depressed states: a financial one and a psychological one.

  • Barack Obama

    President Obama, strengthened by his adjustment to GOP gains and his response to the Tucson shootings, saw his approval rating rebound to 53% from 45%, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

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    Job growth has been very slow in the recovery, and Congress has passed much legislation allegedly to encourage hiring. Yet the White House is now talking about raising the minimum wage to $9.

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    The job may not offer the same salary, benefits or career trajectory, so the newly rehired need to step back and assess how their current compensation might impact both their short- and long-term financial goals In the current economy, however, it may not offer the same salary, benefits or career trajectory

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    To ace this one you'll need to get a job, pay down debt, save some money and learn to live within a budget. For extra credit, start planning for retirement.

  • Jared Lee Loughner

    Going through one of the worst economic sagas in US history has thrown the country into two types of depressed states: a financial one and a psychological one. It is time to discuss a major systemic overhaul that might require another costly, but equally merited, “bailout” from Washington—one we can’t afford and can’t afford to live without.

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    According to the Center for Applied Linguistics, from 1997 to 2008, the number of middle and high schools offering Chinese has quadrupled. Among elementary schools it has grown tenfold.

  • The economy has improved in the last six months, signaled by greater consumer spending, durables purchases and some signs of increased investment, Daniel K. Tarullo, Federal Reserve governor, told CNBC Friday, echoing what his boss, Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Thursday.

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    A recruiter-proof resume is easily readable and grabs your attention quickly with the necessary info to position you for the right job.

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    Rates on fixed mortgages dipped for the second straight week as Treasury yields fell.

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    In a tough job market, more and more workers are accusing their employers of discrimination, a report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said on Tuesday. The New York Times reports.

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  • What makes a job the worst? "To be at the bottom of the list, you really have to have a lot of things working against you," said Tony Lee, the publisher of CareerCast. , which put together the list of the and this list of the 10 worst jobs, used five main criteria: The work environment, physical demands, outlook, income and stress. There are two things that a lot of these jobs have in common; they’re dangerous or involve strenuous working conditions and they don’t pay very well, even though the

    What makes a job the worst?  "To be at the bottom of the list, you really have to have a lot of things working against you," said Tony Lee, the publisher of CareerCast.

  • Zachary Karabell of RiverTwice Research examines how the markets can continue to rally amidst high unemployment.

  • New York Stock Exchange Traders

    While it might not be a Goldilocks economy, it just may be a Goldilocks unemployment rate as far as investors are concerned: Not too cold as to indicate a double-dip, but not too hot so as to push the Fed to the sidelines.

  • The Fast Money traders see little to cheer in declining unemployment.