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WASHINGTON, April 23 Vice President Joe Biden
predicted on Friday the U.S. economy would create 100,000 to
200,000 jobs next month, with a rise to 250,000 to 500,000 jobs
per month soon afterward, according to a press pool report.
"We caught a lot of bad breaks on the way down. We're going
to catch a few good breaks because of good planning on the way
up," Biden told a political fundraiser in Pittsburgh, the pool
report said, as he hailed the Obama administration's recovery
President Barack Obama has insisted that boosting jobs is
his top domestic priority, mindful that persistently high
unemployment could mean heavy losses for his Democrats in
November's congressional elections.
U.S. employers created 162,000 jobs in March, the fastest
rate in three years and widely seen as another sign the
recovery from deep recession was moving onto solid footing.
But the unemployment rate held steady at 9.7 percent, the
Labor Department said.
"All in all, we're going to be creating somewhere between
100,000 and 200,000 jobs next month, I predict," Biden was
quoted as saying, while acknowledging he "got in trouble" for a
job growth prediction in March.
"Even some in the White House said 'Hey, don't get ahead of
yourself.' Well I'm here to tell you some time in the next
couple of months we're going to be creating between 250,000
jobs a month and 500,000 jobs a month."
(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by John O'Callaghan)