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US Unemployment Aid Applications Drop To 358,000

Applications for US unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 358,000 last week, though the figure was distorted for the second straight week by California's efforts to clear backlogged claims.

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Matisse in Belmar after Sandy
Matisse in Belmar after Sandy (Facebook)
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NJ Tourism Struggled with Public Perception Post-Sandy [SERIES]

In part four of our series Sandy: Then and Now, we look at how tourism was affected by the storm, and how it struggled to rebuild, both physically and metaphorically.

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Hurricane Sandy Destroys Surf Club
Sandy destroys Joey Harrison's Surf Club in Ortley Beach. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Businesses Still Face Challenges from Sandy [SERIES]

In the third part on our series on Sandy: Then and Now, businesses still struggle with the effects nearly a year after the Superstorm.

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Win McNamee, Getty Images
Win McNamee, Getty Images
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Shutdown and Debt Crisis Hurting Economy Bigtime [AUDIO]

As Washington wrestles with a solution to a stalemate, shutdown and crisis, the economy is feeling the squeeze as the clock ticks on the deadline for debt default.

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Calculating NJ’s Minimum Wage Hike Impact [AUDIO]

Many business owners in New Jersey are vehemently opposed to this year's ballot question which asks voters if they'd like to amend the State Constitution to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.25 and then adjust it annually based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

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What Will the Federal Shutdown Cost You? [AUDIO]

A lot of us who look at the Federal shutdown might wonder what the cost will be. An expert today has some sound advice for weathering the Washington chaos.

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Flickr User Dr DAD
Flickr User Dr DAD
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McMansion Popularity Re-Emerges, But Not In NJ [AUDIO]

As the economy improves, some homebuilders are noticing a growing comeback in popularity of the McMansion.

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NJ Schools Still Struggling from Recession: Report [AUDIO]

The Great Recession technically ended years ago, but New Jersey public schools still aren't seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, according to an analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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Governor Chris Christie participates in a roundtable discussion with Willie Geist and Tom Coliccio titled "Soul of Hunger" for the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.  (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
Governor Chris Christie participates in a roundtable discussion with Willie Geist and Tom Coliccio titled "Soul of Hunger" for the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Governor Christie Discusses Hunger at Red Bank Panel [AUDIO]

Agreeing that hunger is a non-partisan issue, Governor Christie said the image and perception of hunger needs to change.

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Andrews Rueda, Getty Images
Andrews Rueda, Getty Images
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First Comes Love, Then Credit Check? [AUDIO]

When it comes to finding love, more and more singles admit bad credit could send them away from a relationship.

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