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VOL. 129 | NO. 150 | Monday, August 04, 2014

Obama: Economy Stronger, Congress Could do More

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the economy is getting stronger and, quote, "engines are revving a bit louder."

Obama is praising the July hiring and advances by the U.S. economy.

The president cites new data showing that employers added 209,000 jobs last month — the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000.

But Obama says Congress has blocked steps that would maintain that momentum or even accelerate the recovery.

Obama has been pushing legislation to raise the minimum wage and to broadly increase spending on infrastructure projects.

The unemployment rate ticked up in July to 6.2 percent from 6.1 percent as more Americans started looking for work.

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PROPERTY SALES 116 413 13,039
MORTGAGES 149 479 16,949
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 26 3,316
BUILDING PERMITS 176 701 28,395
BANKRUPTCIES 87 303 10,793
BUSINESS LICENSES 26 111 4,315
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