WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama vowed to put the US economy back on track in his Thanksgiving address to the nation Thursday, but admitted there were still too few jobs being created.
Acknowledging that millions of Americans were unemployed and "facing very difficult economic times," Obama said he would not rest until the economy is rebuilt stronger than before.
"The investments we have made and tough steps we have taken have helped break the back of the recession, and now our economy is finally growing again," Obama said.
He listed tax cuts, extending unemployment benefits and help for homeowners facing foreclosure, among the measures taken to help Americans weather the crisis as well as his aim of overhauling the nation's health care system.
However "we're still not creating enough new jobs each month to make up for the ones we're losing.
"So we've made progress. But we cannot rest -- and my administration will not rest -- until we have revived this economy and rebuilt it stronger than before," Obama said.
Obama also used the address to pay tribute to US military personnel and their families.
"We keep in our thoughts and prayers the many families marking this Thanksgiving with an empty seat -- saved for a son or daughter, or husband or wife, stationed in harm's way," he said.
"We say a special thanks for the sacrifices those men and women in uniform are making for our safety and freedom, and for all those Americans who enrich the lives of our communities through acts of kindness, generosity and service."