The monthly jobs report, to be released on Friday, could cast a shadow over President Obama's re-election campaign. The NOW w/ Alex Wagner panelists talk about what to expect from the upcoming report.
Tomorrow is going to be a pivotal day in the campaign for president. Tomorrow, we get the jobs numbers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release official employment data five times between now and election day. Every major poll says jobs are the top voting issue.
So tomorrow's numbers could make or break a candidate by November 6th. And let's face it, last month was a tough month for President Obama. Unemployment inched up and Republicans capitalized on it. But things are looking better. Researchers are predicting private sector job gains tomorrow. One estimate says we've added one-hundred and seventy six thousand jobs in the private sector. Even conservative estimates agree.
And this might be another sign that tomorrow's job report will be good:
Mitt Romney's not talking about it. Yesterday, Romney spoke for about five minutes and mentioned "jobs" one time. The president made three campaign stops today. Unlike Romney, he mentioned jobs a dozen times at every stop.
Just hours after the jobs report comes out tomorrow morning, President Obama is signing the highway funding bill. The new funding measure is expected to create or save three million jobs over the next two years.
And here's yet another reason the president can be confident: unemployment's been dropping since the stimulus plan kicked in. And it keeps getting better.
We've seen 27-straight months of private sector job growth under President Obama. Romney might want to brace himself for a tough day tomorrow.