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WASHINGTON, DC — In this week's address, the President discussed his return to Elkhart, Indiana, the first town he visited as President and one that was among the hardest-hit by the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. Seven years later, unemployment in Elkhart has fallen from a high of nearly 20 percent to around four percent; more families are back on sturdy ground; more are covered by health insurance; and more students are graduating from high school.Read More
Today, the President announced 42 additional grants of clemency to men and women serving years in prison under outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws. The individuals receiving a presidential commutation today have more than repaid their debt to society and earned this second chance.
To date, the President has commuted the sentences of 348 individuals -- more than the previous seven Presidents combined. He remains committed to using his clemency power throughout the remainder of the Administration to give more deserving individuals that same second chance.
Guest blog post by Genilson Brandao, Senior Communications Specialist at SelectUSA
Earlier today, SelectUSA launched our newly redesigned website, SelectUSA.gov. The new website was developed as a “first stop” for our clients – companies seeking information about investing in the United States and economic development organizations (EDOs) looking to attract investment to their communities – to provide key foreign direct investment (FDI) data, resources, and news and updates.
The economy added 38,000 jobs in May, considerably below both expectations and the pace of growth in recent months, with volatility in monthly data and a temporary strike in the telecommunications industry contributing to the disappointingly low number. U.S. businesses have now added 14.5 million jobs over 75 straight months of private-sector job growth. At the same time, the unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent in May, its lowest level since November 2007. The labor force participation rate ticked down, though it remains at the same level as in June 2015.Read More
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Concord Community High School, the site of his first trip as President, in Elkhart, Indiana, June 1, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
In 2009, just three weeks into his presidency, President Obama traveled to Elkhart, Indiana. In his first speech as president, he assured a community reeling from the economic recession that he would do all he could to recover and rebuild an economy that is stronger than ever before—for Elkhart and communities just like it across the country.Read More
Today in San Francisco, leaders from 23 countries representing 90 percent of clean energy investment and 75 percent of global carbon emissions are announcing new actions to accelerate the global transition to a clean-energy economy. This means ramping up deployment of commercially available clean-energy technologies as quickly as possible in order to reduce carbon pollution and meet each country’s climate commitments under the historic Paris Agreement. During President Obama’s administration, the cost of these technologies has plummeted here in the United States, leading to a 30-fold incrRead More
The following is a cross-post from the NOAA Fisheries Blog
Commercial and recreational saltwater fishing in the United States generated more than $214 billion in sales and supported 1.83 million jobs in 2014, according to a new economic report released by NOAA Fisheries last week.
With email marketing, social media marketing and online marketing grabbing most of the attention in recent years, you might think direct mail marketing is an outdated concept. Think again: Direct...Read More
The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau's Director's Blog
Today marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. These storms are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena, and they have the potential to affect a large portion of U.S. residents. The 185 coastline counties along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico – areas that are most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes – have a combined population of 59.2 million.