The Obama administration is expecting the economy will add 95,000 jobs a month this year, which is slightly fewer than what is needed to keep pace with population growth. The figures are conservative, though, and administration officials are pinning hopes on the pending jobs bill in Congress. "I think something along the lines of a new jobs tax credit could have tremendous upside potential and really ignite private-sector hiring," said Christina Romer, chairwoman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

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