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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2013 file photo, a Philadelphia business displays a help wanted sign in its storefront. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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Apart from low unemployment, just how healthy is job market?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. unemployment rate -- now just 5.1 percent -- grabs a lot of the attention each month when the government issues its jobs data. Yet the rate doesn't come close to sketching a full picture of the job market.

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Battling unemployment insurance fraud in New Jersey

A stunning number of people try to fraudulently obtain unemployment insurance benefits from the State of New Jersey every week. One legislator wants a law to really punish these scammers, while the state's labor commissioner weighs in on his department's successful battle against this type of fraud.

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Signs at Livingston High School during Gov. Christie's presidential announcement on June 30. (Rachel Greenberg, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Could NJ economy, unemployment become issues for Christie?

As he continues his run for the GOP nomination for the 2016 presidential election, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie remains in the back of a crowded Republican field. So far, New Jersey's sluggish economy and unemployment rate have not been raised as campaign issues so far, but that may not be the case for long.

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Sophia Lewis, left, with PSEG Long Island, speaks to an attendee about employment opportunities during a job fair at Citi Field
Sophia Lewis, left, with PSEG Long Island, speaks to an attendee about employment opportunities during a job fair at Citi Field (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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US unemployment falls to 7-year low, but wages are flat

U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.

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Category: Money & Business
Bianca Medici, left, a corporate recruiter for CDM Media, speaks with job applicants during a National Career Fairs job fair in Chicago
Bianca Medici, left, a corporate recruiter for CDM Media, speaks with job applicants during a National Career Fairs job fair in Chicago (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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Monthly average of unemployment claims falls to 15-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits ticked lower last week, pushing down the four-week average of applications to its lowest level since April 2000.

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