Obama's summer jobs plan: work for 600,000 people
In a meeting today with the Cabinet, the president will announce plans to tap into the $787-billion stimulus to create jobs, with 10 major projects to be implemented in the next three months.
By Mark Silva reporting from washington
7:15 AM PDT, June 8, 2009
President Obama today promised to deliver more than 600,000 new jobs this summer with accelerated spending of some of the $787-billion economic stimulus that Congress approved at his urging earlier this year.
The boost in employment will not offset the job losses of recent months -- with more than 1.6 million jobs shaved from the economy since Congress approved the stimulus plan in February. Unemployment last month reached 9.4%, the highest since 1983.
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But the president, who plans to meet with economic advisors and his Cabinet at the White House today following his return from a five-day foreign trip, will promise hundreds of thousands of new jobs with increased spending on maintenance projects at military bases, about 1,600 road and airport projects, the hiring of some 135,000 teachers and other school staffers and 125,000 summer jobs for youth under the supervision of the Department of Labor.