Washington (CNN) – President Obama touted favorable employment figures in his weekly White House radio and video address Saturday, saying a "devastating slide" was reversing.
Obama pointed to an employment report released Friday as evidence the economy might soon turn the corner.
"[F]or the first time in more than two years, our economy created a substantial number of jobs, instead of losing them. We have begun to reverse the devastating slide, but we have a long way to go to repair the damage from this recession, and that will continue to be my focus every single day.
According to a Labor Department report, the U.S. economy gained more jobs in March than any other month in the last three years.
This week's installment of the White House address also included a holiday greeting to those celebrating Easter and Passover that emphasized inclusiveness.
"[W]hile we worship in different ways, we also remember the shared spirit of humanity that inhabits us all – Jews and Christians, Muslims and Hindus, believers and nonbelievers alike," Obama said.