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Slow Job Growth Continues

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. economy added 71,000 private sector jobs in July, according to U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. That wasn’t enough to reduce the unemployment rate, which remained at 9.5 percent as overall employment declined by 131,000.

Can You Afford A New Car?

When I was growing up, car manufacturers made a big deal each fall about unveiling next year’s models, literally shrouding them in secrecy under tarps in print and TV ads until the launch date. Car-crazy dads would then rush down to the dealer for a test drive.