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Jan 31, 2013 1:30 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Obama's jobs council shutting down Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) - Unemployment remains problematic, but that isn't stopping the White House jobs council from shutting down.

Obama created the council in 2011 and filled it with prominent business leaders and economists. Its authority runs out Thursday, and the White House says it is not renewing the panel.

Instead, a White House official says the administration will focus on new ways to engage with the business community and create jobs, including expediting permits for infrastructure projects.

Obama met with the jobs council only a handful of times, most recently in February of 2012. Some Republicans say that's a sign he hasn't devoted enough attention to unemployment, a top concern for Americans.

Unemployment has dropped to 7.8 percent since Obama formed the council, but more than 12 million people are still without jobs.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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