Obama calls for more actions to rebuild US economy

Updated: 2012-07-08 01:21


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WASHINGTON -- US President Barack Obama said Saturday the United States needed to do more than just reclaim the jobs lost during the recession, calling for more action to rebuild the US economy.

"Our mission isn't just to put people back to work - it's to rebuild an economy where that work pays; an economy in which everyone who works hard has the chance to get ahead," Obama said in his weekly address.

His words came after the latest weak job data on Friday revived fears of the recovery's fragility. The unemployment rate for June stayed at 8.2 percent with a meager job creation of 8,000.

The figure offered no relief in sight for an unemployment rate that has held above 8 percent for more than three years, but echoed recent data suggesting the economy was losing steam.

The disappointing job report clouded Obama's re-election prospects, with the economy dominating the campaign from the start. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney seized the chance to attack Obama's economic stewardship Friday, saying the 8.2 percent unemployment rate was "unacceptably high" and the government needed to reduce regulations and lower tax rates to stimulate the economy.

Obama said a bill he signed into law Friday would keep thousands of construction workers on the job and help students by preventing interest rates on federal student loans from doubling this year.

"Those steps will make a real difference in the lives of millions of Americans. But make no mistake: we've got more to do," he said.