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Top 10 Surveys, Polls, and Market Research for Today

Here is a list of the some key surveys, polls, studies and market research reports that came out today, which may have implications for consumers and/or businesses.

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Poll: Instant Messaging (IM) Gap in U.S.

Almost half of teens (48%) ages 13-18, use instant messaging, which is more than twice the percentage of adults who use it - an "instant messaging gap" between teens and adults -, according to AP-AOL survey. Technology for instant messaging has been available for about a decade - AOL, Yahoo and Microsoft's MSN IM.

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U.S. Consumer Borrowing Fell the Most in 14 Years

U.S. consumer borrowing declined at an annual rate of 0.6% in October following a revised 2% increase in September, according to the Federal Reserve data. It was the biggest drop since a 1% decline in October 1992.

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Weekly Jobless Claims Fall Largest in 6 Months

Jobless initial claims fell 34,000 to 324,000 in the week ending Dec. 2,  according to the Labor Department. This is the largest drop in 6 months. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9 percent for the week ending Nov. 25, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 1.9 percent.

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Monster Employment Index Rises to Record Level in November

The Monster Employment Index rose 3 points to its highest level of 175 in November, demonstrating surge in U.S. online recruitment activity as employers increased their year-end and holiday season hiring efforts. The Index is now showing year-over-year growth of 26 points. 

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