A jobs program in the Southern state of Georgia, cited in President Barack Obama’s plan to fight unemployment, needs big fixes and would not work as a federal initiative, says the official who runs it.

Obama told Congress on Thursday in a major speech on jobs that the state-run Georgia Work$ initiative, along with other measures, would help people unemployed for more than six months and he stressed that Republican leaders in Congress supported it.

“We have to do more to help the long-term unemployed in their search for work,” Obama said. Fear the U.S. economy could slip back into recession is hurting the Democratic president’s chances of re-election in 2012.

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