- Associated Press - Monday, September 6, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis on Monday defended President Obama’s efforts to combat the recession and unemployment, saying his focus has been on helping the jobless and underemployed.

In a Labor Day appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Ms. Solis said Mr. Obama is doing a good job.

Ms. Solis said the Obama administration knows people are hurting from the weak economy, and she pointed to last year’s $814 billion economic recovery act and administration proposals for job training and hiring incentives for businesses.

On CBS’ “Early Show,” she said that over the past eight months the U.S. economy has added some 90,000 private-sector jobs each month.

Critics have cited persistent unemployment rates of nearly 10 percent and only faint signs that businesses are rehiring workers.


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