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February jobs report: U.S. economy adds 175,000 new jobs

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in February, and the unemployment rate crept up to 6.7 percent from 6.6 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

CBO says $10.10 minimum wage would help many, hurt some

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Congressional Budget Office issued a report Tuesday projecting a net loss of 500,000 jobs if the minimum wage is raised to $10.10 per hour.
Top Obama advisor says the wealthy should not feel 'targeted'

Top Obama advisor says the wealthy should not feel 'targeted'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Top Obama advisor Jason Furman said that if the rich are feeling victimized by the president's policies, they are hyperventilating.
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U.S. unemployment rate drops to 6.7 percent

U.S. unemployment rate drops to 6.7 percent

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 percent in December with a far-lower-than-expected 74,000 new jobs, the Labor Department said Friday.
Unemployment rate drops to 7 percent, 5-year low

Unemployment rate drops to 7 percent, 5-year low

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped from 7.3 percent to 7 percent in November -- a five-year-low -- with 203,000 jobs added, the Labor Department said Friday.
The Issue: Healthcare reform -- Could it be Obama's Waterloo?

The Issue: Healthcare reform -- Could it be Obama's Waterloo?

Who would have thought a program that was to benefit millions of Americans would be the undoing of Barack Obama's presidential legacy?
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Social Security Administration: Debt ceiling fight puts checks at risk

Social Security Administration: Debt ceiling fight puts checks at risk

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- President Obama challenged U.S. House Speaker John Boehner to call an immediate vote on a no-strings spending bill to end the weeklong government shutdown.
Conservative think tank AEI endorses Furman

Conservative think tank AEI endorses Furman

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- Economists from a conservative think tank in Washington said they endorsed Jason Furman's nomination to lead the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
Obama taps Furman to replace Krueger for top economic post

Obama taps Furman to replace Krueger for top economic post

WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) -- As expected, President Obama nominated Jason Furman on Monday to replace Alan Krueger as head of the White House National Economic Council.
Jason Furman to head White House economics team

Jason Furman to head White House economics team

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- Jason Furman is expected replace Alan Krueger as head of the White House National Economic Council, a source told The New York Times.
Obama sees resurgence in U.S. factories

Obama sees resurgence in U.S. factories

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- President Obama said Wednesday he foresees a "resurgence of American manufacturing" as he pushed his economic agenda at a North Carolina auto parts plant.
'Fiscal cliff' negotiations just a first move in tax code overhaul

'Fiscal cliff' negotiations just a first move in tax code overhaul

Whatever the White House and Congress may work out to avert the "fiscal cliff," it would be just a downpayment on a wider tax overhaul -- and don't think the middle class is going to escape unscathed in the broader deal.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
With the patent act signed, Obama turns to jobs bill

With the patent act signed, Obama turns to jobs bill

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The America Invents Act, which reforms patent law, will help bring more inventions to market and make the United States more competitive, President Obama said.

Loan for automakers elicits bailout fears

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Members of the Michigan congressional delegation in Washington said a federal loan to the U.S. auto industry is not a bailout.

Obama camp hits McCain over trade deficit

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The unexpected small drop in the U.S. trade deficit in June announced by the Commerce Department Tuesday provided fodder for the presidential race.
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Martin Feldstein (L), president and CEO of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Jason Furman, director of the Hamilton Project, testify before a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Strengthening America's Economy in Washington on January 24, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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Jason Furman (born 1970) is an economist and influential policy intellectual. On January 28, 2009, Furman was named Deputy Director of the National Economic Council in the administration of President Barack Obama, whom he'd been advising since the latter stages of the 2008 presidential campaign. Although he generally works with Democrats, he is reported by the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call to be widely respected by Republicans, as well. Matthew Yglesias has referred to him as Lawrence Summers' "smart, hardworking, well-regarded deputy," and suggested that he replace Summers as head of the National Economic Council.

Furman's research and policy focus includes the subjects of taxes, health care, and the U.S. Social Security program. Furman's qualified defense of Wal-Mart's business model provoked criticism from some labor organizations when he joined Obama's 2008 campaign. But notable liberals defended Furman, praising his staunch defense of Social Security, criticism of inequality, and advocacy of universal health insurance.

In 1996, while he was a graduate student at Harvard, Furman was hired by economist Joseph Stiglitz to serve a one-year stint as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy in the Clinton Administration and on staff of the Council of Economic Advisers. He later worked with Stiglitz at the World Bank. Furman was involved to varying degrees with the Presidential campaigns of Al Gore and General Wesley Clark. In 2004, he took a position as Director of Economic Policy for the John Kerry Presidential campaign in 2004.

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