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The national unemployment rate grew to 7.9% according to the BLS’ household survey.
Obama, speaking in Hilliard, Ohio, pointed to the report as another sign the economy is moving in the right direction, despite the challenges remaining.
“We’ve made real progress, but we are here today because we know we’ve got more work to do,” Obama said. “As long as there’s a single American who wants a job and can’t find one, as long as there are families working harder but falling behind … our fight goes on.”
Alan B. Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said “today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression.”
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