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The latest report on economic freedom from the Institute for Justice documents license requirements for 102 low- and moderate-income occupations -- including barbers, massage therapists and preschool teachers -— across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. According to its findings, government imposed occupational licensing is not only widespread, but also "overly burdensome and frequently irrational."

On average, these licenses force aspiring workers to spend nine months in education or training, pass one exam and pay more than $200 in fees. One third of the licenses take more than a year to earn. At least one exam is required for 79 of the occupations.

Barriers like these make it harder for people to find jobs and build new businesses that create jobs, particularly minorities, those of lesser means and those with less education.

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