State officials say President Barack Obama's $787 billion stimulus plan has spared tens of thousands of teachers from losing their jobs.
The national data won't be available until later this month. But based on preliminary information obtained by The Associated Press from a handful of states, teachers appear to have benefited most from early spending. That's because the stimulus sent billions of dollars to help stabilize state budgets, sparing what officials say would have been teacher layoffs.
Construction companies also are expected to report strong job numbers thanks to billions of dollars in highway money.
State officials around the U.S. are now working to meet a Saturday reporting deadline as part of the most ambitious effort to calculate in real time the effect of a government spending program.
The Obama administration has said things would have been far worse without the stimulus. The White House says more than 1 million jobs have been saved or created so far, a figure that is so murky it can never be verified.