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Obama Hints He’ll Take New Action on Additive Manufacturing

(Reuters) President Barack Obama said he will talk this week about how he plans to create jobs in the U.S. manufacturing sector, one of several economic goals he set for his administration last year that is now receiving renewed attention from the White House. Obama’s weekly address hinted that his Wednesday trip to Raleigh, North Carolina, will focus on manufacturing.

“Working folks are looking for the kind of stable, secure jobs that went overseas in the past couple decades. So next week, I’ll join companies and colleges and take action to boost the high-tech manufacturing that attracts the kind of good new jobs a growing middle class requires,” Obama said in his address.

The administration launched competitions to create the three new manufacturing hubs in May, pledging $200 million in funding from the Defense, Energy and Commerce departments, and matching funds from industry, and state and local sources. The winners were to be announced by the end of 2013 but have not yet been named.