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President Obama Meets With Council On Jobs And Competitiveness In White House (Source: Getty Images, January 17, 2012).

Remember during the 2012 presidential election when a few of us noted with concern the fact that President Barack Obama’s so-called jobs council (aka the “President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness”) wasn’t, well, doing anything?

Well, the election has come and gone and the jobs council ​still ​isn't doing anything. In fact, as of yesterday, it has been an entire year since it has met to discuss long-term unemployment. Yes, an entire year.

“President Barack Obama's Jobs Council hit a notable milestone on Thursday: one year without an official meeting. The 26-member panel is also set to expire at the end of the month, unless Obama extends its tenure,” POLITICO reports.

The group last met to discuss U.S. unemployment on Jan. 17, 2012.

“A spokesman for Jobs Council chairman Jeffrey Immelt, who's the CEO of General Electric, referred questions about the panel's future to the White House,” POLITICO notes.

“A White House spokeswoman had no comment Thursday,” the report adds.

A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond Friday to a Blaze request for comment.

Final Thought: Perhaps news of the council’s inactivity shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise. Indeed, as noted elsewhere on TheBlaze, the council and the people who run it are not exactly, ahem, orthodox.

Remember when Obama’s jobs council head and the CEO of GE Jeffrey Immelt said that one thing that “actually works” is “state-run Communism” in China?

“Look, I think it’s good for China,” he said, referring to China’s growth rate falling from double digits to about eight percent.

“To a certain extent, Charlie, 11 to 12 percent is unsustainable. You end up getting too much stimulus or a misallocation of resources. They are much better off working on a more consumer-based economy, less dependent on exports, driving technology and innovation harder,” he added. “Really, the one thing that actually works, state run communism may not be your cup of tea, but their government works.”

“They get things done,” CBC News’ Charlie Rose  responded.

They ​get things done -- what's that like?

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Featured image courtesy AP.

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