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A major theme for Tuesday night’s State of the Union address is creating jobs, which is the No. 1 concern of many people in Charlotte.
Local Job Seekers Hope To Hear Solutions From Obama
“I'd like to hear the president talk about jobs, and make some jobs so everybody can go to work,” Charlotte resident Marion House said.
Area resident Stephen McCray said he is still looking for work after being laid off in 2009.
“You really want to find a good job, but (no one is) hiring,” McCray, who plans to watch the president’s speech, said. “So you do what you can to survive, but other than that it’s still rough.”
North Carolina’s unemployment rate stands at 9.8 percent, up from 9.7 percent in November. The Unemployment Commission said that rate has been stagnant for the past six months.
Unemployment in South Carolina also edged up slightly in December, rising to 10.7 percent from 10.6 percent in November.
Now, job seekers are looking to the president to make a change.
“(What’s important is) bringing jobs to the community (and) helping fund small businesses for people like me,” McCray said.
President Obama will also focus on boosting American competitiveness in the world, emphasize how Democrats and Republicans can work together and talk broadly about reducing the federal deficit and cutting spending.