Associated Press
In this Wednesday, Dec. 12 2012 photo a job seeker leaves his contact information with a potential employer during a job fair in New York. Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits ticked up slightly in the first week of 2013, the latest sign of slow but consistent gains in the job market. The Labor Department said Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, that applications rose 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 371,000, the most in five weeks. The previous week's total was revised lower. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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