(NBC) - This afternoon President Obama spends Labor Day with union workers in Milwaukee.
Union leaders say what's traditionally been a day of celebration has become a day of frustration for many.
Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO said, "Eleven million people out of work have less to be thankful for than those on Wall Street that are doing quite well."
Unemployment crept up to nine-point-six percent Friday.
Jobs are being created, but not nearly fast enough to employ the millions left jobless in this recession.
Today, and in Cleveland on Wednesday, the President will talk about the slow recovery and urge Congress to approve 100 billion in tax breaks for small business.
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said, "That's really what the bottom line is. Small businesses are the engine of growth. Government doesn't create the jobs…all we do is help train people for those jobs."
The unemployment rate could have a big impact on November's elections. Democrats are fighting to maintain control, hammered by Republicans who blame them for joblessness in America.