Jobs & The Economy: Putting America Back to Work

“It is our generation’s task, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth —
a rising, thriving middle class,”

— President Barack Obama

Jobs & The Economy: Putting America Back to Work


The Obama Administration is working together with policymakers and private industry to safely grow our economy, while creating jobs and helping small businesses thrive.

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama put forward an agenda to expand opportunity for all Americans, so that everyone who works hard can get ahead. That agenda starts with creating more new jobs by investing in American manufacturing, exports, energy and innovation.
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President Obama believes we have to do more than just recover from this economic crisis. We have to create true middle class security by out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building the world. And we need to strengthen small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy and critical to job creation and sustained economic growth.
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In response to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which helped to create jobs while making the investments we need to create true economic security for the middle class. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the Recovery Act supported as many as 3.5 million jobs across the country by the end of 2010.
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When the President took office, the American auto industry was shedding jobs by the hundreds of thousands and GM and Chrysler faced the possibility of liquidation – which would have caused at least 1 million more jobs to be lost. The President made the tough choice to help provide the auto industry the temporary support it needed to grow and prosper. Two years later, GM, Ford, and Chrysler are all adding jobs, generating profit, and investing in their U.S. facilities.
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Five Things You Should Know

Businesses have created more than 11 million private sector jobs in the past 58 months. Learn more ...


After nearly collapsing, the U.S. auto industry has added more than 500,000 jobs -- the fastest pace of manufacturing job growth in more than a decade. Learn more ...


American manufacturers have added more than 750,000 jobs since February 2010, the strongest period of manufacturing job growth since the 1990s. President Obama wants to boost that trend. Learn more ...


Since 2009, the Small Business Administration has helped distribute more than $93 billion in loans for 166,000 small businesses. Learn More ...


During his first term in office, the President cut taxes by $3,600 for a typical middle-class family, helping families weather the Great Recession and helping get the economy back on track. Learn more ...