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Almost half of small business owners surveyed said they don’t support raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, while 44 percent said they endorse the idea. More than a quarter said hiking the minimum wage to $10.10 would force them to cut back on employees or hours, but 95 percent agreed that the current rate is not a living wage (CNN.com)

Nearly three-fourths of job seekers say they would relocate for new work, according to data from Monster.com. But managers are still less likely to hire out-of-towners whom they’ve never met in person. (CSMonitor.com)

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, students who worked as unpaid interns last year received full-time job offers at almost the same rate as those who had no internships at all–about 37 percent, compared with 62 percent for students with paid internships. (The Wall Street Journal)

When adjusted for inflation, the average graduate student’s debt load rose 43 percent between 2004 and 2012 to a median of $57,600. Debt for students pursuing advanced degrees in the humanities and social sciences grew more sharply compared with professional degrees–in, say, business or medicine–which also yield greater long-term returns. (The Wall Street Journal)

U.S. employers are giving workers more flexibility, with two thirds now allowing staffers to occasionally work from home, up from 50 percent in 2008 and 38 percent allowing employees to work from home regularly, up from 23 percent just six years ago. (WSJ.com)

According to a new Gallup poll, workers who remain unemployed for a year or longer suffer from higher rates of obesity, high blood pressure, and excessive cholesterol. While workers who have been unemployed for two weeks or less have an obesity rate around 23 percent, some 33 percent of long-term unemployed people are considered obese. (MarketWatch.com)

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