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Obama highlights economic, manufacturing gains

October 3, 2014

PRINCETON, Indiana (AP) — President Barack Obama is touting a drop in the unemployment rate as a sign that his economic policies are making a difference.

Obama is speaking at a steel manufacturing plant in Indiana after new government data showed the jobless rate had dropped to 5.9 percent, a 6-year low.

Obama says it’s the longest uninterrupted stretch of private sector job growth in American history. He says the U.S. has put more people back to work than Europe, Japan and all other advanced economies combined.

Obama says progress has been hard and has come in fits and starts. But he says the gains are real and are making a difference all across the country.

Obama says that progress is the direct result of steps taken in recent years to strengthen the economy.

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