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Obama Urges Congress to 'Work Together' to Create Jobs

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President Barack Obama listens to a question during a meeting with leading CEOs to discuss ways to promote the economy and create jobs during his last two years in office, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.

President Barack Obama listens to a question during a meeting with leading CEOs to discuss ways to promote the economy and create jobs during his last two years in office, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.

President Barack Obama said robust economic growth isn’t yet leading to higher wages for many people, and Congress needs to do more to help.

Speaking in his weekly radio address, broadcast Saturday, Obama pointed to the latest jobs report that showed November was the tenth month in a row that the economy had created more than 200,000 jobs.

He said 2.65 million jobs were created this year; a total not reached since the 1990s.

However, he said that while the job growth has occurred in industries with high wages, "the typical family" is not bringing home more than they did 15 years ago.

The incoming Congress that convenes in January should "work together" to speed the growth of higher-paying jobs for more people.

Republicans control both houses of Congress, however, meaning that it will be more difficult for Obama, a Democrat, to find common ground. Many experts say streamlining tax rates and trade agreements may provide the best chance for legislative action.

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