Published: Jul 02, 2010 11:08 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 02, 2010 8:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - Concerns are rising that the economic rebound

is stalling, but a strong jobs report on Friday would go a long way

toward assuaging those fears.

Conversely, a report showing private employers failed to create

many jobs in June will amplify worries that the recovery is

weakening and won't be strong enough to put many of the 15 million

unemployed back to work anytime soon.

Economists will be eyeing private employers, who are forecast to

have added 112,000 positions. That would be the sixth straight

month of gains and an improvement from a weak showing of 41,000 in

May.

But the unemployment rate is forecast to tick up to 9.8 percent

from 9.7 percent. The report will be released Friday at 8:30 a.m.