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Experts, lawmakers differ on how to spur jobs

Posted on September 6th, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Over the Labor Day weekend, lawmakers across the country focused on possible solutions to boost unemployment and qualify more individuals as permanent and temporary workers.

At a rally in Michigan, President Barack Obama, joined by the Metro Detroit Central Labor Council, proposed increasing the amount of names on payrolling sheets by recommitting to rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, Bloomberg reports.

"We've got roads and bridges across this country that need rebuilding," Obama said, as quoted by the source. "We've got more than 1 million unemployed construction workers ready to get dirty right now. There is work to be done and there are workers ready to do it. Labor's on board, business is on board. We just need Congress to get on board."

This week, Obama will also address Congress and the nation in a speech that will outline his jobs agenda in the wake of a national unemployment rate that remains at 9.1 percent.

In anticipation of the speech, the conservative-leaning U.S. Chamber of Commerce offered its own plan for job growth, including reducing tax rates on profits earned overseas for corporations, passing pending trade agreements and increasing oil and gas exploration, the Associated Press reports.

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