- Associated Press - Monday, September 5, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor SecretaryHilda L. Solis on Monday said both political parties must come together to attack slow economic growth and high unemployment.

Mrs. Solis said, “We do need everyone to be on board” with President Obama as he tries to create a better hiring environment across the country.

The secretary said she didn’t want to give away what Mr. Obama will tell the nation and a joint session of Congress in Thursday night’s prime-time speech, but she told NBC’s “Today” show that he’ll push programs such as investment in infrastructure, special assistance to dislocated workers and a continuation of payroll tax relief for middle-class workers.

She also said Mr. Obama is “very mindful of what the needs and concerns are of those individuals who have been out of work for so long.”