CORRECTED – Obama aides push extending unemployment benefits

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WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (BestGrowthStock) – Top aides to U.S. President
Barack Obama will hold a press conference call on Thursday to
urge Congress to approve an extension of benefits for jobless
Americans, the White House said.

Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the Council of Economic
Advisers and Cecelia Rouse, a member of the council, will hold
the call at 12 p.m. EST (1700 GMT).

New U.S. claims for unemployment rose more than expected
last week, according to U.S. Labor Department figures on
Thursday, but a drop in the four-week moving average to a fresh
two-year low continued to point to an improvement in the labor
market.

Democrats have been pushing Congress to pass a measure
extending jobless benefits for hundreds of thousands of
Americans struggling to find work in the wake of the worst
recession since the 1930s. The benefits expired yesterday.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, editing by Jackie Frank)

CORRECTED – Obama aides push extending unemployment benefits