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“My hope and expectation is that we can put country before party and get something done for the American people,” the president said.

Mr. Obama will be fashioning his jobs plan with an economic team that has been in flux.

Mr. Goolsbee and advisers Lawrence H. Summers and Christina Romer have left, while the $825 billion economic recovery plan they guided has made little progress in reducing the unemployment rate, which is above 9 percent nationwide. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner is one of the few remaining leaders of Mr. Obama’s original economic team.

The weak economy has hit Mr. Obama’s ratings hard. A poll released last week showed that only 36 percent of those surveyed approved of the president’s handling of the economy.

Mr. Krueger is a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton. The president nominated him in March 2009 to be assistant Treasury secretary for economic policy. He resigned from the post in October to return to Princeton.