Obama on Jobs: 'We've Still Got a Long Way to Go'
President urges Congress to act on several initiatives to juice economy
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2011 10:48 AM CDT
President Barack Obama talks about the ongoing budget negotiations, Thursday, July, 7, 2011, in the briefing room at the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – President Obama didn't try to put a pretty face on today's bleak unemployment figures: The numbers confirm "what most Americans already know," he said: "We still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do." He urged Congress to pass a slew of pending initiatives to juice the economy and create jobs, including approving road projects to employ jobless construction workers and streamlining the patent process for entrepreneurs.

"Our economy as a whole just isn't producing enough jobs," he said, adding that while the nation has added 2 million jobs in recent years, the recession robbed it of 8 million. Obama also made another pitch for a quick resolution of the debt ceiling talks, reports USA Today. "We've got to rein in our deficits," he said, "while still making the investments that put people to work."