President Obama took to the airwaves to rip Republicans for spreading “doom and despair” on the economy – touting January’s jobs reports. Speaking briefly to reporters today, Obama said the U.S. economy is the “strongest in the world” and that “Americans were working and getting bigger paychecks.” The economy added 151,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent. The president explained that the unemployment rate has dropped because more people are entering the workforce because they’re feeling more confident and finding jobs.
Mr. Obama said the economic progress is a testament to American workers and businesses “being resilient and sticking to it.” He reiterated that the U.S. has recovered from “worst economic crisis since the 1930s” and stated that if the U.S. had adopted policies proposed by Republicans, the recovery wouldn’t have happened as quickly. On Tuesday, the president will send his final budget blueprint to Congress and he said it will include proposals that create more opportunities for education and job-training and an emphasis on clean energy to create more jobs.
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