Obama: ‘We need to create more jobs faster’

September 7, 2012

Speaking at a campaign rally in Portsmouth, N.H., President Obama reacted to the August jobs report by underscoring the need to do more to spur job growth: 

"Today we learned that after losing around 800,000 jobs a month when I took office, business once again added jobs for the 30th month in a row -– a total of more than 4.6 million jobs. But that’s not good enough. We know it’s not good enough. We need to create more jobs faster. We need to fill the hole left by this recession faster. We need to come out of this crisis stronger than when we went in. And there’s a lot more that we can do. When Congress gets back to town next week, you need to send them a message -- go ahead and give middle-class families and small businesses the confidence of knowing that their taxes -- your taxes -- will not go up next year. Everybody agrees we shouldn’t raise taxes on the middle class -- let’s go ahead and get that done. Let’s get it done now. And by the way, if the Republicans are serious about being concerned about joblessness, we could create a million new jobs right now if Congress would pass the jobs plan that I sent to them a year ago."

David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.
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