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Obama talks jobs on the road; payrolls improve

Obama talks jobs on the road; payrolls improve

President Barack Obama is pushing his administration's plans to create jobs, a crucial campaign issue for Democrats as they look toward November's congressional elections.
Obama planned remarks Friday at a North Carolina company that has hired new workers and expanded its operations with grants from the economic stimulus program. Obama's team wants to marry much-needed job creation with the politically sour stimulus, hoping that will help Democrats gain favor with voters after a bruising, yearlong battle with Republicans over health care.
Before Obama left for Charlotte, the Labor Department reported that employment improved significantly in March, with businesses adding 162,000 jobs to their payrolls. But the improving economy was only strong enough to accommodate the tens of thousands of workers who flocked into the labor force. Thus, the overall unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.7 percent.
White House economist Christina Romer said in a statement that while Friday's jobs report showed signs of a gradual economic recovery, the American labor market remains "severely distressed." Romer said Americans should expect the unemployment rate to remain volatile, and warned of bumps in the road ahead.
Republicans have created a steady drumbeat of criticism of Obama's stewardship of the economy and against his health care victory in the hopes voters blame Obama at the ballot box in November. Democrats currently have a majority in both chambers of Congress.
"If President Obama were serious about job creation, he would be spending less time on the campaign stump trying to sell Americans on a health care bill they don't like and can't afford and more time focusing on putting our nation back to work," Republican National Committee spokeswoman Katie Wright said.


Updated : 2020-12-03 07:01 GMT+08:00