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Unemployed Back To Work

President Obama is touring the country days after delivering his State of the Union speech, his hope to put the long-term unemployed back to work.

On Thursday in an interview with CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper, the President said he is working on an initiative to give the long-term unemployed opportunity to gain employment.

"First of all my big push is making sure we're focused on opportunity," said President Barack Obama. 

In the President's State of the Union address he said he wanted to make 2014 "A Year of Action." 

One of the many items the Commander-in-Chief is focused on is creating jobs, "because they've been unemployed for so long, folks are looking at the gaps in their resume and weeding them out before these folks even get a chance for and interview," the President said.

The last job report in December 2013, the unemployment rate fell to the lowest of the year. Newschannel 6 spoke with Texomans about the number of Americans out of work.

"There's so many people out of work these days. Unemployment, you just can't stay on unemployment forever," said Roy Pierce, a Texoma resident.

"Well there's probably not enough jobs but there's a lot of jobs," said T.H. Stone. "They got to start from the bottom. Most of them want to start above the bottom." 

The President said his administration has reached out to a large amount of companies around the country who are willing to help.

"So what we've done is gathered 300 companies just to start with including some of the top 50 companies in the country. Companies like Walmart, Apple,  Ford, and others to say lets establish best practices," the President said. 

Some Texomans Newschannel 6 talked to are in favor of the President's initiative and optimistic that he will get the job done. 

"If he can get it done, if he can get employers to do this, to hire these people, I think it’s a good thing," said Pierce.

"Look what he's done already. If it wasn't for him coming in there in 2009-10, he got them car companies bought out and stuff like that. Look how many jobs that created," said Stone.

The President is also encouraging Congress to raise the minimum wage. 

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6
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