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Cautious Optimism Toward Latest Job Report

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By Asma Khalid

The government recently released the most upbeat jobs report in three years, but unemployment is still high, so people on the streets of D.C. have mixed feelings about the latest numbers.

Rob Drover is visiting the White House with friends. Drover's an IT consultant in Pennsylvania. He says the government has already poured enough money into the economy. Now, the President needs to be cheerleader-in-chief.

"I think one of the most important things is just a positive message in the marketplace, because the economy will sort of start to heal itself," says Drover. "It’s sort of an economy of confidence."

Out on the National Mall, Joe Whittaker is enjoying the Cherry Blossom festival with his wife and two kids. He says the President could do more, especially when it comes to tax cuts for small businesses.

"I think there’s other steps he could take, but getting it through congress is going to be tough," says Whitaker.

Not far from Whittaker, Cameron Todd is flying a kite. Todd graduated from the University of North Carolina last May with a degree in history. But, he’s basically working as a secretary for N.C. State. It’s not his ideal job.

"I mean I’d like to work in museums," says Todd. "But I need an advanced degree for that, and that costs money, so I have to save up a little bit to pay off loans. And then get more loans to go back for my masters."

Todd is cautiously optimistic about the economy. He says he's hoping for the best, but planning for the worst.

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