Jobs report

Brian Arola

Both presidential candidates will be eagerly waiting for the specifics of the job report to be released Friday.

The report will show the country's unemployment rate, a hot topic of debate for Pres. Obama and Gov. Romney.

An increase in unemployment rate could be what tips the election in Romney's favor, The Washington Post reports.

Conversely, a positive report could couple with Obama's power of incumbency to ensure victory on election day. 

The current unemployment rate is close to 8 percent, but in early October Romney said because the labor force shrunk during the recession the number should be more like 11 percent, Forbes reports.