March 1 - U.S. President Barack Obama calls on Congress to back plans to boost jobs. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
In his weekly address, U.S. President Barack Obama is focusing on jobs as he calls on Congress to back plans to boost employment. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "In the 2000s alone, we lost more than one-third of all American manufacturing jobs. One in three. And when the housing bubble burst, workers in the construction industry were hit harder than just about anybody. The good news is, today, our manufacturers have added more than 620,000 jobs over the last four years - the first sustained growth in manufacturing jobs since the 1990s." Obama is calling on Congress to back plans to create high-tech manufacturing hubs and infrastructure projects. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "There's a lot we can do if we work together. And while Congress decides what it's going to do, I'm going to keep doing everything in my power to rebuild an economy where everyone who works hard has the chance to get ahead - where we're restoring our founding vision of opportunity for all." Obama has said he will pay for the new spending "by cutting unnecessary spending and closing wasteful tax loopholes."