Obama To Get Sneak Peek at Friday's Jobs Report

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Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Sept. 6 2012 12:13 PM

Will Obama Know Tomorrow's Jobs Numbers When He Takes the Stage Tonight?

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Bill Clinton stands with President Barack Obama on stage during day two of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday

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In a word: Yes.

We ask, New York magazine answers:

"[B]y tonight, the president will know how many jobs the U.S. economy added in August, a day before the rest of the country. The all-important non-farm payrolls report, which is released on the first Friday of every month, is available to the president the day before, provided he can find a secured line to call in to his economic advisors."
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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.