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U.S. Labor Market On Solid Ground As Jobless Rate Hits Eight-Year Low

By Lucia Mutikani

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. employment gains slowed more than expected in January as the boost to hiring from unseasonably mild weather faded, but rising wages and an unemployment rate at an eight-year low suggested the labor market recovery remains firm.

Non-farm payrolls increased by 151,000 jobs and the unemployment rate slipped one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.9 percent, the lowest since February 2008, the Labor Department said on Friday. The payrolls gain was a sharp step-down from the average 231,000 jobs per month during the fourth quarter.

“The fact that payroll gains fell back to earth is not necessarily a bad sign.…

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Millennials Are Really Worried About The Economy — And Their Future

Millennials now constitute the largest voting bloc in the country, but they are considered the most politically disengaged. Despite counting 88 million people, only 45 percent of them voted in the 2012 elections; in 2008, an election with historic turnout, only 49 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds voted. That leaves a huge swatch of Millennials unengaged and possibly uninterested in national elections, and demographers, marketers, activists and politicians are wondering why.

A new report by Democracy Corps offers some clues, highlighting two demographic segments within the millennial generation – white men and black women – who on the surface would seem to have different concerns.…

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Government Keeps Rural West Going

The 187,000 acres on which sits the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge never belonged to the state of Oregon, much less the band of cowboy exhibitionists who’d taken it over. This and other federal lands were acquired through conquest over, purchases from or treaties with Mexico, Russia, Spain, England, France and Native Americans.

The federal government lets loggers, ranchers and other businesses make a subsidized living off public land, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer. The fees ranchers pay for grazing on federal land are considerably below those charged by private landowners. The government loses money on nearly all timber sales on public land.…

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