Obama To Unemployed: More Help Is On The Way

President Barack Obama has a message for the unemployed: More help is on the way.

The president was outlining steps Friday to help the jobless pursue education and training, and keep their unemployment benefits, too.

Currently, people who are out of work and want to go back to school have to give up their monthly unemployment check. And if they decide to return to school, they often don’t qualify for federal grants because eligibility is based upon the previous year’s income.

The president was announcing the new measures hours after the government reported that the economy shed 539,000 more jobs in April, driving the unemployment rate to 8.9 percent, the highest level since late 1983. Still, it was the fewest jobs lost in six months.

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PICTURED: S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) in the Oval Office of the White House May 7, 2009 in Washington, DC. Lavrov was in Washington to prepare the summit between Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Obama in July, 2009. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)