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VOL. 126 | NO. 39 | Friday, February 25, 2011

Obama: Unemployment the Biggest Economic Challenge

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says the biggest challenge facing the U.S. economy is an unemployment rate that remains unacceptably high.

Obama told his newly created competitiveness council Thursday that its top priority must be creating jobs during a period of fiscal restraint.

Obama named business and labor leaders to the council, including GE Chairman Jeffrey Immelt and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. The council plans to deliver recommendations to the president within 90 days.

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PROPERTY SALES 74 437 6,772
MORTGAGES 122 557 9,280
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 25 129 1,990
BUILDING PERMITS 236 716 15,738
BANKRUPTCIES 56 309 6,059
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