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Reuters - Stimulus boosted U.S. GDP by up to 4.5 percent in 2Q 2010

The massive stimulus package boosted real GDP by up to 4.5 percent in the second quarter of 2010 and put up to 3.3 million people to work, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday.

CBO's latest estimate indicates that the stimulus effort… may have prevented the sluggish U.S. economy from contracting between April and June.

It raised employment by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million jobs during the second quarter of this year, CBO estimated.

Measured another way, CBO said the stimulus increased the number of full-time equivalent jobs by up to 4.8 million[8/24/10]

The Bemidji Pioneer (Minnesota) - Oberstar: Stimulus creates thousands of road jobs

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Jim Oberstar (MN- 8)]

He shows the work to point out the benefits from the $873 billion economic stimulus package approved last year in helping to turn around the economy.

[Congressman Jim] Oberstar was in Bemidji on Friday to look at the U.S. Highway 71 project, a major reconstruction project from Leuken's South to the Nary corner to bring four-lanes and a turn lane in the city and a four-lane highway south of Bemidji.

Stimulus funding also constructed 12,065 bridges nationwide, he said. It has given Minnesota a $950 million construction program for the last year and a half.

It means 1.3 million construction jobs,” Oberstar said. “All of that is documented with billions of hours of work in each state. On top of that, $609 million in taxes paid by those workers directly on job sites. And $535 million in unemployment compensation checks avoided because they're getting a paycheck and not being paid for not working.”

Also, stimulus funds bought 12,500 transit buses and rail cars, he said. “New Flyer in St. Cloud put at least 300 people back to work building buses.”

“The stimulus has been enormously successful,” Oberstar said. “In Minnesota it has accounted for 11,000 construction jobs.” [8/22/10]

Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) - 9,500 construction jobs linked to stimulus bill

Nearly 9,500 construction workers across the state had jobs on transportation projects funded by the federal stimulus package in July, the highest monthly total since stimulus-paid work began, the state said yesterday.

Workers collected $13.4million from the stimulus projects last month, up from the $1.9 million that nearly 1,500 workers earned on stimulus projects during July 2009, according to monthly reports from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Most of the projects to date have been on highway and bridge construction, as well as new railroad grade crossings and ports on Lake Erie and the Ohio River, the state said. [8/24/10]

Charlotte Business Journal (North Carolina) - N.C. DOT: Stimulus-funded jobs rise in July

The payroll for stimulus-funded transportation projects in North Carolina grew about 5 percent in July, according to new statistics collected by the N.C. Department of Transportation.

A total of 7,147 workers received a total of $5.95 million in stimulus-funded pay for 349,721 hours of work in July. That was up from the $5.69 million that 7,046 people received for 346,895 hours of work the previous month. [8/23/10]

The Janesville Gazette (Wisconsin) - Janesville schools get $1.8 million in stimulus money to help keep staff

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Tammy Baldwin (WI-2)]

The Janesville School District just got a generous helping of back-to-school supplies.

The district will receive $1.8 million in federal stimulus money to help retain or hire new teachers and staff.

The money comes as part of the Education Jobs Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Aug. 10. The bill authorized $10 billion in stimulus funds for school districts across the country.

The U.S. Department of Education estimates it would save approximately 161,000 jobs nationwide. A press release from Tammy Baldwin's office estimates the money would save about 3,000 teaching jobs in Wisconsin. [8/21/10]

WFRV CBS-5 (Wisconsin) - Schools receive federal funds for better education [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Steve Kagen (WI-8)]

Federal recovery funds are helping area school districts keep teachers and preventing students from falling behind in reading and math.

The Green Bay School District plans to have at least forty more teachers on the job later this fall.

That's being made possible by nearly $3.8 million in stimulus funds. [8/24/10]

Rapid City Journal (South Dakota) - Stimulus dollars spur broadband effort to ‘deliver the world' to South Dakotans

A $20 million federal stimulus payment will help “deliver the world” to South Dakotans.

On Monday, Gov. Mike Rounds praised SDN Communications with those words as it broke ground at Rapid City Regional Hospital on a project that will increase broadband access in the state.

Project Connect plans to increase broadband access to 305 schools, governmental facilities and public safety offices, including 39 National Guard facilities and hospitals in more than 75 communities in the state. It will add 359 miles of new fiber-optic cable. [8/23/10]

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