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Obama: Extend 'lifeline' for unemployed

President Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to "do the right thing and extend a vital lifeline" for those on unemployment.

During a speech in North Carolina, a state that has seen larger than average unemployment, Obama emphasized that those out of work "aren't looking for a handout" or "special treatment."

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"There are a lot of people sending out resumes every single day but the job market is still tough in pockets around the country and people need support, a little help so they can look after their families while they're looking for a new job," Obama said during the speech at North Carolina State University.
Obama's remarks come as the Senate failed to extend unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed.

The president traveled to North Carolina to announce the formation of a new public-privare manufacturing institute. White House aides have acknowledged that Obama plans to increase the number of private-public partnerships in the coming months, as part of an effort to use all the levers of the executive branch.

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