A trade pact with the EU. Rebuilding roads and bridges. Innovation centers for manufacturing. Obama put forward a lot of proposals in his State of the Union address, but which ones will add the most jobs?
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The goal of job growth and rising prosperity for the middle class formed the thematic core of President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday.
The economy very much needs that.
Not every idea Mr. Obama proposed on this front is a sure jobs gainer. In fact some, like raising the minimum wage, spark strong controversy among economists who champion the goals of employment and growth.
But some economists say Obama offered a collection of proposals that could have a positive effect on jobs and incomes. And they say the focus is warranted, even though signals from private-sector businesses and consumers have been improving.
The official unemployment rate has fallen to 7.9 percent, but many forecasters worry it will linger at a higher-than-normal level even if the US economy keeps growing.
Household incomes have barely budged since 1988, according to inflation-adjusted Census data for the median American family.
Here are nine ideas Obama offered that center squarely on job creation.
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