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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 97 255 6,360
MORTGAGES 94 260 7,562
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 195 590 13,899
BANKRUPTCIES 67 180 4,754
BUSINESS LICENSES 26 95 2,435
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 54 185 5,081
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 66 1,526

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