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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on the morning of August 26, 2015 in New York City. After a volatile week of fluctuations, the Dow Jones opened 400 points higher this morning. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on the morning of August 26, 2015 in New York City. After a volatile week of fluctuations, the Dow Jones opened 400 points higher this morning. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Stocks around the world have been rising today, after a bumpy start to the week. The job numbers to be released by the U.S. Department of Labor on Friday will provide a snapshot of how the U.S. economy is doing.

The numbers will be closely watched by the Federal Reserve, since it will be the last jobs report before the Fed's much-anticipated decision about whether it will raise interest rates soon. The Fed will be trying to gauge the health of the U.S. economy in making that decision. Here & Now's Lisa Mullins takes a look at the economy with NPR's John Ydstie.

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This segment aired on September 3, 2015.

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