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Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to, on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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Plodding Along Or Picking Up Speed? News On Job Growth Due

May 3, 2013
Originally published on May 3, 2013 8:53 am

Update at 8:35 a.m. ET. Better Than Expected:

165,000 Jobs Added In April, Jobless Rate Fell To 7.5 Percent

Our original post:

The always eagerly anticipated numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on job growth and the nation's unemployment rate are due out at 8:30 a.m. ET. On Morning Edition, NPR's Yuki Noguchi said economists expect to hear that employers added about 150,000 jobs to their payrolls in April and that the jobless rate stayed at 7.6 percent.

But economists worry, she added, that there might be a surprise — and that much like a month ago, when BLS said just 88,000 jobs were created in March, it won't be good news.

"The question is whether the labor market is slowing from the plodding pace that it's been going at, or whether it's essentially holding up," Yuki told Morning Edition host David Greene. Among the things to watch for: How the federal government's budget-cutting efforts are rippling through the economy.

Reuters previews the report with these cautionary words:

"U.S. employment growth likely picked up in April, but probably not by enough to counter other signs that suggest the economy has lost a step in recent weeks. Nonfarm payrolls are expected to have increased by 145,000 jobs, according to a Reuters survey of economists, after braking to a nine-month low of 88,000 in March. Taken together, the job creation pace over the past two months would still be far below the average of 200,000 for the first two months of this year."

Bloomberg News says the consensus of economists it has interviewed is that about 140,000 jobs were added last month.

As with most things involving economics, there is an "on the other hand" side of this story. In this case, there are some reasons to think the report might make things look a bit worse than they really are. The Wall Street Journal says some economists think that unusually cold weather in April might have held down job growth (most notably, in the construction sector). As temperatures rise, so might payrolls.

There's also, the Journal says, a technical quirk. There were four weeks between the surveys that produced the March employment report and the April data. Usually, BLS has five weeks between its surveys. While it will make some adjustments to account for that factor, the shorter length of time between reports might mean that some new jobs were missed.

We'll post about the employment report shortly after it's released.

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