ATLANTA -- President Barack Obama wants Congress to make a Georgia jobs strategy that pairs the long-term unemployed with potential employers a national program.
Obama says Georgia Works is a program with bi-partisan support that will help Americans who have spent more than six months looking for a job. The federal plan would give companies a $4,000 tax credit for hiring such workers.
The president addressed the U.S. House and Senate on Thursday evening. His remarks come amid national frustration over the lack of job growth in the rugged economy.
The latest jobs numbers show the nation's unemployment rate at 9.1 percent. Georgia's unemployment rate has consistently been above the national average and has hovered at around 10 percent for more than a year.
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