LONG BEACH - Unemployed Long Island residents will be watching with keen interest when President Barack Obama delivers his jobs speech Thursday.

Tom Tronolone, of Long Beach, says he's applied for more than 200 jobs in the past two months after being laid off in March.

"I've had to reach out for help, and that's been very uncomfortable for me because I didn't envision myself as a law school graduate ever having to do that," he says.

Obama, in a preview of his speech, said today there are numerous roads and bridges that need rebuilding in the U.S., and over 1 million unemployed construction workers who are available to build them. Obama spoke on Labor Day, a holiday that celebrates the American worker and marks the traditional end of summer.