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Although most states saw the number of initial unemployment claims rise last week, 14 saw the number of filings drop, the government said Thursday.

Five of those states -- Missouri, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Florida and New Mexico -- saw claims decrease by more than 1,000, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Across the nation, there are a few companies that are hiring, organizations that are holding job fairs and groups that are bonding to help fellow job seekers with their searches. CNN affiliates are reporting on how those looking for employment are coping with the situation. Read full article »

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