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Over-supply of homes hindering US economic recovery says Obama

Thursday, August 19th 2010 - 02:54 UTC
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The US president on the campaign trail to bolster Democrat candidates The US president on the campaign trail to bolster Democrat candidates

President Barack Obama has said an over-supply of homes is hindering the US economic recovery. Obama also said the US had to find a way to curb its budget deficit without further slowing economic growth.

“People, consumers, are not going to start spending until they feel a little more confident that the economy's getting stronger” he said in Ohio. The president is touting Democratic policies on a campaign-style swing through important electoral states.

The president told a group of about 30 voters at a private home in the city Columbus that a glut in the housing market was partly responsible for the slow economic recovery.

“The housing market is still a big drag on the economy as a whole,” he said.

“It is going to take some time for us to absorb this inventory, that was really too high... We were building 2 million homes a year when only 1.4 were being absorbed.”

Mr Obama was speaking at an event the White House billed as a “kitchen table and backyard discussion”.

The economy is expected to be the single biggest issue for US voters in November's mid-term elections. Unemployment in the country is lingering at around 10%, and US growth slowed in the second quarter of 2010, sparking fears the country might fall back into recession.

Categories: Economy, Politics, United States.

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