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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

On Friday, the Council of Economic Advisers released a state-by-state report on the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on employment in the first quarter of 2010. Overall, the report shows that the Recovery Act is now responsible for 2.2 to 2.8 million jobs through the first quarter of 2010. [4/16/10]

Austin Business Journal (Texas) - Report: Stimulus created 205K Q1 jobs in Texas

Texas added 205,000 jobs in the first three months of the year thanks to the stimulus bill, a report released by the White House on Friday claims.

The Central Texas unemployment rate fell for the second consecutive month in March, hitting about 7.1 percent from 7.3 percent in February. It reported 4,600 more jobs in March than February… [4/19/10]

Memphis Business Journal (Tennessee) - Report: Stimulus created 56K Q1 jobs in Tennessee

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was responsible for creating or saving 56,000 Tennessee jobs in the first quarter of 2010, a report released by the White House claims. [4/19/10]

The St. Louis American (Missouri) - Recovery Act responsible for 55,000 Missouri jobs

Last week the Council of Economic Advisers released a new analysis that finds that the Recovery Act was responsible for 55,000 jobs in Missouri the first quarter of 2010. [4/19/10]

KELO CBS-11 (South Dakota) - Report Shows 7,000 SD Jobs Saved, Created

A quarterly report just released by the federal government shows the stimulus package has created or saved thousands of jobs in South Dakota.

The new report says federal stimulus money has saved or created 7,000 jobs in South Dakota so far this year.

'Each one of those projects creates job opportunities, so there are people that are working in South Dakota that would not have had a job if it wouldn't have been for that stimulus package,' [Governor Mike] Rounds said. [4/19/10]

Jackson Citizen-Patriot (Michigan) - Officials herald start of $51 million construction project on I-94

[Congressman Mark] Schauer, D-Battle Creek, said he welcomes the sight on I-94, where a $51 million construction project is under way, because 'each orange barrel stands for jobs.'

At a kickoff event Monday at the Grass Lake Rest Area, Schauer said the project, made possible with $30 million in federal stimulus funds, is expected to create or sustain 1,000 jobs in construction alone.

State Transportation Director Kirk Steudle said the project is 'about jobs' and the state is reinvesting in I-94 so 'the economic engine of Michigan has something to run on.' [4/19/10]

The Providence Journal (Rhode Island) - Cicilline announces $3.1M in 'green' job training

 Mayor David N. Cicilline announced on Monday morning that the city was one of only 38 agencies in the nation to earn a federal Department of Labor grant, which will allow the city to launch a green jobs training program for low income, unemployed residents.

The paid, 16-week program will provide approximately 190 residents in about a dozen of the city's poorest neighborhoods with green job skills, literacy and basic skills education, according to Cicilline.

Congressman Jim Langevin, who joined Cicilline at a press conference Monday on Gordon Street in South Providence, said the program would help Rhode Island become economically competitive by helping 'close the skills gap.' [4/19/10]

The Times Tribune (Pennsylvania) - Stimulus bill does more than stimulate economy

Signed into law by President Barack Obama on Feb. 17, 2009, the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has spurred more than job growth and spending.

'It's important to recognize jobs are not the only point of the stimulus,' said Ronald Naples, chairman of the Governor's Working Group for Stimulus Accountability and chief accountability officer. 'It was meant to help those in need and to stabilize state and local governments.'

In Lackawanna County, the state says the funding helped 27,222 with food assistance, 37,846 with health insurance, 9,800 with health insurance for the unemployed, 90,235 with tax relief and 12,000 with unemployment compensation. [4/19/10]

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