RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama aims to focus on efforts to expand jobs and improve the U.S. economy in a speech at North Carolina State University.
Obama is expected to talk Wednesday about companies expanding high-tech manufacturing. The president is focusing on jobs and the economy ahead of his State of the Union address in two weeks. He's meeting with college presidents on Thursday to discuss improving workers' skills.
North Carolina Republicans criticized Obama's failure to fix the economy while crediting GOP state lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory for a 2 percentage-point drop in the state's 2013 unemployment rate. The national jobless rate dropped last year by less than 1 percent.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan won't visit with the president as a tough re-election race looms ahead of her this year.