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According to the latest jobs numbers, issued by the Labor Department on January 6, the U.S. unemployment rate has dropped to 8.5 percent, down from 10 percent in 2009. The Great Recession has claimed more than 8.5 million jobs since 2007, and even though the current trajectory of the U.S. appears to be toward recovery, Americans are still struggling to find work. Nine of the photographs below appear in The Atlantic's January/February 2012 print issue, and I've added 25 more here to round out a collection of images from these years of uncertainty -- of men and women both at work and out of work in the United States. [34 photos]

A workman steams a U.S. flag in preparation for a planned visit by President Barack Obama, on April 6, 2011, at wind turbine manufacture Gamesa Technology Corporation in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Features and Essays – Shaul Schwarz: A Mexican Meth Gang Wages a Holy Drug War (TIME: June 2010)

Features and Essays – Martin Parr: Rich in India (Magnum Photos: June 2010)

Features and Essays – Magnum: World Cup 2010 (Magnum in Motion: June 2010)

Books / Videos - Stanley Greene: Black Passport (YouTube) A trailer to promote Stanley Greene’s new photo book: Black Passport.

Interviews - Phil Toledano talks about Days with my Father on CNN  (CNN: 2010) Project website

Features and Essays – Trine Søndergaard: Fano Portraits (New Yorker Photo Booth: June 2010)

Photographers - Trine Sondergaard : website

Articles - Guardian: Photographer Brian Griffin’s best shot (Guardian: June 2010)

Interviews and TalksPanos photographers Stephan Van Fleteren, Alfredo Caliz, Liz Lock and Mishka Henner discuss their work.  (Telegraph: June 2010)

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