Economy watchers will actually be analyzing two "Jobs Reports" this weekend.
The first Jobs Report is the highly anticipated Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) monthly employment report released this morning. With an increase of 162,000 jobs announced in the March payroll report, we'll be digging deep into the numbers to discern whether the U.S. economy is truly rebounding, and the political and economic policy implications going forward.
The second Jobs Report involves the other Jobs -- Steve Jobs -- and whether his newest brainchild, the iPad, will revolutionize the media content experience of American consumers.
The iPad officially goes on sale tomorrow, and already people are lining up today to buy the hottest new product since...well, since some of Jobs' other recent brainchilds, like the iPod Touch and the Macbook.
The iPad, when all is said and done, may tell us more about America's economic future than all the data released by the government, because it will give us a clue about two of the more unique characteristics of the U.S. economy: the relentless capacity of American firms to design and deliver innovative products to the marketplace; and second, the heretofore relentless capacity of the American consumer to want to buy the newest, most innovative products.