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Stimulus predicted to add or keep 60,000 jobs locally

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 17, 2009 - Congressional districts that include parts of the St. Louis area would add or preserve 60,000 jobs because of the stimulus package passed by Congress last week, according to figures released by the White House Tuesday.

The numbers came out a few hours before President Barack Obama was set to sign the plan into law at a ceremony in Denver.

The White House numbers said Missouri would add or preserve 69,000 jobs; in Illinois, the employment impact would be 148,000 jobs. Overall, the stimulus package is expected to create or save 3.5 million jobs over the next two years in a range of industries from clean energy to health care, with more than 90 percent of them located in the private sector, the White House said.

Broken out by congressional district, the job numbers look like this:

In Missouri:

District 1 (Clay) 7,000

District 2 (Akin) 8,100

District 3 (Carnahan) 7,800

District 8 (Emerson) 7,300

District 9 (Luetkemeyer) 7,900

In Illinois:

District 12 (Costello) 7,400

District 17 (Hare) 7,000

District 19 (Shimkus) 7,600

The estimates are derived from an analysis of the overall employment impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act conducted by Christina Romer, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, and Jared Bernstein, chief economist for Vice President Joe Biden.

Dale Singer began his career in professional journalism in 1969 by talking his way into a summer vacation replacement job at the now-defunct United Press International bureau in St. Louis; he later joined UPI full-time in 1972. Eight years later, he moved to the Post-Dispatch, where for the next 28-plus years he was a business reporter and editor, a Metro reporter specializing in education, assistant editor of the Editorial Page for 10 years and finally news editor of the newspaper's website. In September of 2008, he joined the staff of the Beacon, where he reported primarily on education. In addition to practicing journalism, Dale has been an adjunct professor at University College at Washington U. He and his wife live in west St. Louis County with their spoiled Bichon, Teddy. They have two adult daughters, who have followed them into the word business as a communications manager and a website editor, and three grandchildren. Dale reported for St. Louis Public Radio from 2013 to 2016.

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