Obama vows to create more jobs

11:28, October 15, 2009      

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U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he will explore every avenue he can think of that will lead to job creation and economic growth.

In his speech after touring the Fairfax County parkway construction site in the Virginia suburbs, just outside Washington, Obama said the economy is in better shape because of the stimulus bill and that the measure has saved and created jobs.

Obama said the site is one of 8,000 highway projects approved under the 787-billion-U.S.-dollar economic stimulus bill he signed just after taking office, nearly 5,000 of which are already under construction.

This was the president's second visit to the site. The first visit was in February when the project started.

Obama said that these projects are coming in, on average, 10 to20 percent under budget, so "we can create more jobs and launch more projects with every taxpayer dollar."

He also noted that "the jobs we'll create are not government jobs, but private sector jobs."

Obama said that "if we get the economy moving in Fairfax County, we get it moving across Virginia. And if we get it moving across Virginia, we're getting it moving all across America."

However, critics said that the Obama administration's effort to stimulate the economy has little effect since the unemployment rate keeps rising.

Latest data showed that the U.S. unemployment rate has reached 9.8 percent. Many economists expected the figure will pass double digit mark soon.

Some analysts doubt that the recovery may not sustain after the government's stimulus package expires.

Source: Xinhua
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