President Barack Obama is letting his jobs council expire, cutting off one source of input from business leaders while unemployment remains stubbornly high.
Obama formed the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in January 2011, when unemployment was about 9 percent. It’s now 7.8 percent, though more than 12 million people are out of work.
Obama’s executive order establishing the council said it would go out of business Jan. 31, 2013.
“The work of the jobs council was very valuable,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “While the president didn’t agree with all of its recommendations, he agreed with many of them and acted on a number of them.”