President Obama joined union workers and their families at a Labor Day holiday gathering today in Detroit, MI. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis accompanied the President, who planned to discuss "his bipartisan efforts to create jobs and strengthen our economy," according to the White House.
This Thursday, the President will deliver a jobs plan speech before Congress in a nationally televised event. The administration has said he will lay out a series of steps that Congress could act upon including transportation infrastructure initiatives, practices to help homeowners, and tax breaks to support new worker hires.
The President's address bumps up against last week's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) monthly jobs report. The figures reflected that the jobless rate remained at 9.1% percent for the month of August.
The report also indicated that health care continued to add jobs, and a decline in information employment reflected a workers strike at Verizon. Government employment continued to trend down, despite the return of workers from a partial government shutdown in Minnesota.
Tomorrow, Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney will formally announce his jobs plan at the McCandless International Trucks Company in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
In a statement released by his campaign, the former Massachusetts Governor said, "On Tuesday, I will present a detailed plan to get America back to work and to grow our economy."