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Why Obama and others are suddenly rolling out jobs plans

Whether it's Labor Day, the new elections season, or a reflection of Americans' priorities, everyone has a jobs proposal: from Obama and Boehner to Huntsman and Romney, the list goes on.

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Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman just rolled out his agenda for creating US jobs. Mitt Romney is expected to do the same in coming days. And President Obama's deliberations over a new jobs plan – what to include and when to roll it out – have been in the news all week.

That's a lot of focus on jobs policy.

Oh, and the Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO are among the groups on the policymaking sidelines that are doing the same thing.

Why now?

It's not like unemployment is a new problem that's just been discovered. The US jobless rate has been above 8 percent for 2-1/2 years.


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