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White House continues to push job creation agenda

(Xinhua)

08:13, August 12, 2011

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will continue to push his economy growth and job creation agenda as the world's largest economy is facing a double-dip concern, according to the White House on Thursday.

"We're obviously very aware of the fact that Americans feel economic uncertainty as we continue to emerge from the greatest recession -- the worst recession since the Great Depression, and growth has not been fast enough and job creation not been significant enough by our standards and by any standard," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

President Obama "is so focused on and has been focused on doing everything we can to -- and that he can to grow the economy and create jobs...And he'll continue to do that," said Carney.

Carney mentioned that Obama will urge the Congress to pass some bills that have bipartisan support, including the free trade agreements, patent reform, infrastructure fund and clean energy programs.

There are also new proposals under consideration, he added.

"The President is working on -- working with his economic team every day, and that they are constantly evaluating new proposals and different ways to -- different ideas for growing the economy and creating jobs," Carney said.

The U.S. economy grew 1.3 percent in the second quarter this year after a slower 0.4 percent growth in the first three months. Many economists worry that there might be a double-dip recession in the near future.

They have lowered their expectation of the growth pace for the whole year to below 2 percent, a speed that is far from enough to significantly reduce the 9.1 percent unemployment rate.

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