Stimulus credited with nearly 6,600 jobs in Utah

Stimulus credited with nearly 6,600 jobs in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The federal government says nearly 6,600 jobs have been created or saved in Utah through the economic stimulus program.

The Web site says that so far Utah has been awarded $1.5 billion in stimulus funds and has received about $626 million of that amount. The site says the funds have created or saved 6,598 jobs.

On Friday the government said nearly 650,000 jobs have been saved or created under President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan. The White House said the nation is on track to meet the president's goal of 3.5 million by the end of next year.

According to an independent federal board monitoring the program's progress, new job numbers from businesses, contractors, state and local governments, nonprofit groups and universities show 640,329 positions credited to the stimulus.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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