US President Barack Obama says he wants to use his 10-day trip to Asia to help open up markets and so create jobs in the United States.
Obama left Washington on Friday to visit India and Indonesia. He will also visit South Korea for the Group of 20 summit meeting, and Japan for the APEC summit.
Obama said he is going to discuss the opening up of markets, so that American firms can sell more abroad, creating jobs in the United States.
The October jobs data released on Friday shows a rise in employment in the non-farm sector, which is particularly sensitive to economic trends. It's the first increase for 5 months. But unemployment remains high at 9.6 percent.
Following Democratic Party losses in the midterm elections, Obama has faced more criticism that he has not done enough to help generate jobs.
NHK's correspondent in Washington says Obama is trying to use his Asian trip to show how serious he is about creating jobs.