Friday's jobs numbers, seen as a proving ground for President Obama's recovery efforts, showed a decrease in the overall unemployment rate of two-tenths of one percent. The national jobless rate is now 9.5%, but that is at least in part due to people giving up on finding jobs.
Additionally, the employment rate actually fell for the first time this year in the month of June due to the expiration of temporary jobs and lagging hiring in the private sector. President Obama is likely to talk about that hiring lag when he comments on the morning's job numbers.
Mr. Obama will speak at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, just before boarding Air Force One for late Senator Robert Byrd's memorial service. He'll also announce new Recovery Act investments which he will say will spur more jobs.
PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SCHEDULE:
9:20am President Obama departs WH South Lawn via Marine One
9:35am President Obama makes a statement about jobs numbers at AAFB and departs [foxlivestream]
10:55am President Obama arrives Charleston, WV
11:30am President Obama participates in Sen. Robert Byrd memorial service
Around noon President Obama speaks at Byrd memorial
1:55pm President Obama departs Charleston, WV POOL
3:00pm President Obama arrives AAFB and departs via M-1 to Camp David
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN'S SCHEDULE:
11:30a VP Biden participates in Sen. Robert Byrd memorial service/Charleston, WV
Around noon VP Biden speaks at Byrd memorial