Obama Plan Focuses on Private Sector, Local Jobs
It appears that President-elect Barack Obama's economic stimulus package will create and save more local and state government jobs than federal positions, according to his weekly radio/YouTube address (see above). Some observers had anticipated a larger expansion of the federal workforce after details of the jobs plan started trickling out last weekend.
"Our plan will likely save or create three to four million jobs," Obama says today. "Ninety percent of these jobs will be created in the private sector – the remaining 10 percent are mainly public sector jobs we save, like the teachers, police officers, firefighters and others who provide vital services in our communities."
Several federal places of work could be up for major renovations however, since Obama says that "We’ll create nearly half a million jobs by investing in clean energy – by committing to double the production of alternative energy in the next three years, and by modernizing more than 75 percent of federal buildings and improving the energy efficiency of two million American homes."
These are the first of many details of the job creation plan from the president-elect and this does not rule out a further expansion of the federal workforce. Stay tuned.
| January 10, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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