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Unemployed react to president's address to Congress

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX)  - When you haven't had a job for 11 months, like Debbie Weymss of West Palm Beach, or for two years, like Adele Marchaesi of Palm Beach Gardens, the president's job speech is something you listen to very carefully.

"Pass this jobs bill, and companies will get a $4,000 tax credit if they hire anyone who has spent more than six months looking for a job," said the President Barack Obama Thursday night in his address to Congress. "I like that one," said Weymss.

Besides proposals about cutting payroll taxes for businesses that increase wages, leaving intact tax cuts for middle class families and a national construction job bank, the $4,000 tax credit proposal is what gave Weymss hope as she watched his speech. "Instead of being a detriment going into month 11, or longer, it might actually become an advantage," said Weymss.

But the president's plan still has to get through a divided Congress, and some question whether any specific policy can actually create jobs in time to save the economy or the president's political prospects.

The Dean of Lynn University's business school in Boca Raton, Thomas Kruczek, says it's all about one thing: confidence. "Is there a sense that Washington can solve this problem, can we get through the gridlock?" asked Kruczek.

Weymss, an event planner and marketer has been borrowing money from family to supplement unemployment.

Marchaesi, whose specialty is customer service, is on the verge of losing her home. Foreclosure is coming next week. "I'm waiting for someone to come to my door and be served with papers. I understand that's what they do," said Marchaesi.

There are 70,000 people in Palm Beach County who are unemployed.

The communications director for Workforce Development, a local firm dedicated to helping people find jobs, says it normally takes three months for new policies to work.

Of course, this one has to get through Congress first.

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