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Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2008 9:06 pm | Updated: 9:28 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

NEW YORK - This Labor Day finds workers in worse shape than they’ve been in years, according to a score card released today by Rutgers University.

In its first national labor score card, the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations said more than 10 percent of Americans are unemployed, discouraged from seeking work or underemployed. That is a nearly 25 percent increase from one year earlier.

Professor Douglas Kruse, a labor economist who created the score card, said a sharp decline in the number of Americans able to find full-time jobs, along with growing consumer debt and health care costs, were causes for concern.

“But there are some bright spots long term,” Kruse said, including improvements in workplace safety, a small but growing percentage of employers offering support for child care and employee wellness programs, and more Americans who are completely satisfied with their jobs.

Meanwhile, the Labor Department last week said the number of people signing up for jobless benefits declined for the third straight period, but remained above 400,000 — an indicator of a slowing economy.

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