File photo of Martell Gerald applying for a job at the Bank of America booth at the Congressional Black Caucus For The People Jobs Initiative job fair in Los Angeles

 
File photo of Martell Gerald applying for a job at the Bank of America booth at the Congressional Black Caucus For The People Jobs Initiative job fair in Los Angeles
Martell Gerald (R) applies for a job at the Bank of America booth at the Congressional Black Caucus For The People Jobs Initiative job fair in Los Angeles, California in this August 31, 2011 file phto. In a report released September 2, 2011, U.S. employment growth ground to a halt in August as sagging consumer confidence discouraged already skittish U.S. businesses from hiring, keeping pressure on the Federal Reserve to provide more monetary stimulus to aid the economy. Despite the lack of employment growth, the jobless rate held steady at 9.1 percent. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)