Six Million More Jobs Needed for Healthy Economy

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The United States added 103,000 jobs in September -- better than economists initially predicted -- according to a Labor Department report released Friday.

The addition of more than a 100,000 jobs is encouraging news for some, including the 45,000 Verizon employees rehired after a strike.

Still, the unemployment rate remains at a little over 9 percent -- with 14 million Americans looking for work last month.

The average length of unemployment is also now more than 40 weeks.

The White House called the unemployment rate "unacceptably high." House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, agrees.

"And after three years of false hopes and broken promises, Americans continue to be left asking the question, 'Where are the jobs?'" Boehner said.

Some Americans are protesting across the nation, upset with Wall Street and a lack of jobs.

"We have more than enough needs. We have more than enough resources. We just need them to put money back into this country," said Margaret Hawkins, one of the demonstrators.

The U.S. has added a million jobs since January, but more than 6 million are needed to get the nation back to a pre-recession economy.

President Obama says some economists estimate his new $447 billion jobs plan would create 1.9 million jobs.

"They need to explain to me, but more importantly to their constituencies and the American people, why they're opposed, and what would they do," Obama said of Republican lawmakers in Congress.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says the president is criticizing Congress simply because he is "looking for someone to blame."

Republicans and some Democrats are opposed to the Obama proposal. They say it's another stimulus plan paid for with tax increases.

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