Obama travels to NC to rally support for jobs plan - Feb 13th, 2013 - National
— President Barack Obama is kicking off three days of travel to rally support for the job-creation and economic proposals he unveiled in his State of the Union address.
Obama will launch the effort today in Asheville, N.C., with a visit to Linamar Corp., a supplier of engine and transmission components that has expanded its manufacturing operations. He'll make stops in Atlanta on Thursday and Chicago on Friday.
In his speech before a joint session of Congress last night, Obama called job creation his "North Star." He asked Congress to focus on attracting jobs to the U.S., training American workers and boosting investments in infrastructure, manufacturing and clean energy.
Obama also says he wants to raise the minimum hourly wage from the current $7.25 to $9 by the end of 2015.