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Analysis

Are Obama’s jobs goals attainable? Perhaps

WASHINGTON — In his acceptance speech Thursday, President Obama set goals of creating 1 million new manufacturing jobs, spurring hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the energy sector, and recruiting 100,000 math and science teachers. He made similar promises again on the stump on Friday, pledging to expand job training programs to prepare 2 million community college students for the workforce.

While some of these goals are realistic in a normally expanding economy, in other cases the president has made similar promises only to be stymied by Republicans in Congress.

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