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Obama Adviser: Jobless Rate Likely to Remain High

Sunday, 12 Sep 2010 09:36 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new chairman of President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers says Americans can expect to see the high unemployment rate continue for some time.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Austan Goolsbee said the recession that began in 2007 put the U.S. economy deep in the hole and it's going to be a long struggle to get out.

The unemployment rate is now at 9.6 percent, and Goolsbee declined to speculate what it might be at the end of the year.

But he says he doesn't think the rate will be coming down significantly anytime in the near future.

Goolsbee takes over the council's chairmanship from Christina Romer, who left the White House earlier this month to return to teaching.

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