August Jobs Report: Obama will know tomorrow's numbers tonight.

Obama To Get Sneak Peek at Friday's Jobs Report

Obama To Get Sneak Peek at Friday's Jobs Report

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Sept. 6 2012 12:13 PM

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

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

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

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."

***Read the rest of Slate’s coverage of the Democratic National Convention.***

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.