Pres. Obama's initial jobs bill called out for $35 billion to be sent to the states so that they would not have to lay off their cops, firefighters or teachers. But that $35 billion was removed from the budget by the Republicans. Obama's jobs bill also set aside billions for infrastructure repair that would have employed thousands and thousands of construction workers but that part of the bill was also removed by the Republicans. The states are in dire need of money but now many of their cities are going bankrupt and a lot of construction workers, cops, firefighters and teachers are all out of work. The employment rate would be much better if they were still working.