WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is pushing his
administration's plans to create jobs, a crucial campaign issue for
Democrats as they look toward November's midterm elections.
Obama planned remarks Friday at a North Carolina company that
has hired new workers and expanded its operations with grants from
the economic stimulus program. Obama's team wants to marry
much-needed job creation with the politically sour stimulus. His
advisers hope that will help Democrats gain favor with voters after
a bruising, yearlong battle with Republicans over health care.
Before Obama leaves for Charlotte, the Labor Department was to
release March unemployment figures. White House officials hoped the
jobless rate would continue its recent slow slide downward.