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As U.S. unemployment benefits end, firms hope for a wave of applicants

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By Ben Klayman and Timothy Aeppel (Reuters) – Joe Perkins, head of Michigan-based auto supplier Mobex Global, marked Labor Day weekend this year as more than a holiday or a symbolic nod to U.S. workers. It now carries real-world significance as the lapse of federal unemployment benefits on Sept. 4 brings hope of a surge in job applicants to fill open positions that have kept his company 10% short of its hiring goals despite wage hikes and other incentives. “We’ve tried everything. We’ve tried wage adjustments. We’ve tried busing people from remote locations … We are out of initiatives,” Perk…

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