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Obama turns attention to manufacturing sector

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US President Barack Obama has signalled that his administration will turn its focus to economic issues including the creation of jobs in the manufacturing sector.

As Reuters reports

, Obama is likely to move his focus from issues such as Syria’s civil war to issues such as addressing the widening gap between rich and poor, extending unemployment insurance and revitalising American manufacturing.

"Working folks are looking for the kind of stable, secure jobs that went overseas in the past couple of decades. So next week, I'll join companies and colleges and take action to boost the high-tech manufacturing that attracts the kind of good new jobs a growing middle class requires," Obama said in his address.

Next week he will visit Raleigh, North Carolina, a region which is home to three research universities and several biotech firms and it seems likely that he will discuss manufacturing on the trip.

In his 2013 State of the Union address, Obama promised to create three manufacturing hubs where businesses could work with government to create high-tech jobs. The hubs would be modelled on a manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio.

At the time of that promise, a competition was launched to decide on the location of the hubs. However, the winners have not yet been announced.

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