Obama offers encouragement on jobs during visit

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Posted: Dec 04, 2009 2:53 PM

President Barack Obama has told some Pennsylvania residents at a jobs center that the new unemployment numbers are just the first of what he hopes will be "a string" of good economic reports.

After a visit to a factory in Allentown and a town hall meeting at a community college, Obama made an unanounced stop at a Pennsylvania CareerLink site. Workers there said they help visitors identify the jobs they're qualified for, and help them update their resumes.

Obama said the job assistance was helped by federal funding that had "been in place for a long time," but that the funding increased with this year's stimulus.

Obama told the job-seekers that the economy is "going to pick up," but he added that it will "take some time."