June jobs report critical to presidential election

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July 6, 2012, 6:10 am
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(NECN/NBC News: Brian Mooar) - The June jobs report comes out Friday morning, and economists aren't expecting a whole lot.

Predictions are for a lackluster 90,000 to 100,000 jobs.

That would leave the unemployment rate at 8.2-percent, but it's better than losing jobs at this critical time.

President Obama is struggling to create jobs while saving his own.

Before the release of Friday’s jobs report, President Obama was on message.

"Our goal isn't just to put people back to work tomorrow; it's also to build for the long haul an economy where hard work pays off," Obama said.

A drop in unemployment claims is good news but not good enough to cinch his re-election.

"What Barack Obama's gotta do is convince people that their lives would be worse if Mitt Romney gets elected," said John Harwood, CNBC chief Washington correspondent.

And that's a tall order with voters like this one:

"Every week I apply for four or five jobs and, nothing," said job seeker Shannon Diehl.

Later Friday, the President will sign a big transportation bill designed to create jobs, after wrapping up a two-day battleground state bus tour.

In Ohio, he announced his administration's getting tough with China for unfair trade.

Mitt Romney's campaign was there to answer.

"You have heard the phrase 'Johnny come lately'; when it comes to getting tough with China this is 'Barack come lately,'" said Tim Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota.

Potential GOP vice president candidates Pawlenty and Bobby Jindall have been crossing paths with the Obama bus tour, trying to give the President a rough road.

After Friday, there are just four jobs reports before the election, and the last is released just four days before voters go to the polls.

Tags: jobs, Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama, Tim Pawlenty, Election 2012, NBC news, Brian Mooar, june jobs report, john harwood, shannon diehl, bobby jindall
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