The White House revealed tonight that the jobs and economic growth forum, announced by President Obama right before taking off for his trip to Asia, would be held at the White House on December 3rd.

The creation of the jobs forum was necessary, the President said, because the government has an “obligation to consider every additional, responsible step that we can [take] to encourage and accelerate job creation in this country."

Read the White House release below:

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 16, 2009

White House Announces December Date for Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth

After Forum, President Obama to Kick-off White House to Main Street Tour with Stop in Allentown, Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON, DC- The Obama Administration announced plans today to hold the Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth on Thursday, December 3rd at the White House. The forum will be an opportunity for the President and the economic team to hear from some of the best and brightest CEOs, small business owners, and financial experts about ideas for continuing to grow the economy and put Americans back to work.

“During these difficult economic times, we have a responsibility to consider all good ideas to encourage and accelerate job creation in this country. At the forum next month, I am looking forward to hearing from the private sector, from CEOs and small business owners and from Americans struggling to make ends meet on how we can work together to create jobs and get this economy moving again,” said President Barack Obama.

The President will follow the forum with a visit to Allentown, Pennsylvania the following day where he will kick off a White House to Main Street Tour that will take him to cities and towns across the country over the course of the next few months. In an effort to spend some time out of Washington and take the temperature on what Americans are experiencing during these challenging economic times, the President will visit communities across the country over the next several months where he will speak with workers and share ideas for continued recovery.

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