RALEIGH — The news late last week of slow job growth could not have come at a worse time for a president seeking re-election.

Summer unemployment numbers will play heavily on voters’ minds in November.

For those looking to unseat President Barack Obama, this may have been the crack in his armor they were hoping for.

National unemployment was on the rise in May. Numbers released late last week showed only 69,000 new jobs were created, the smallest amount in years. The reactions were fast, and many.

"Another month of disappointing jobs gains, it is pretty clear the American people are hurting," John Boehner, Speaker of the House said.

"The economy is growing again but it is not growing as fast as we want it to grow," President Barack Obama said.

But for Obama, not growing fast enough at this key calendar slot could spell trouble.

"It’s typical in presidential elections that economic news five and six months out becomes the kind of information that people make their voting decisions on," said David McLennan, a political analyst at William Peace University

McLennan said good jobs numbers in the fall won’t do much to help the president. With recent polling already giving Romney the edge in a swing state like North Carolina, bad numbers now could make up the minds of undecided voters.

"He needs some of these swing states like North Carolina and bad economic news causes those swing states to edge over to the Romney camp," said McLennan

The Obama campaign is quick to point out that his is not the administration associated with a bad economy. A new ad released Monday in North Carolina questions what the former Massachusetts governor did to help people when he was in power. Romney supporters immediately fired back.

"Massachusetts unemployment rate under his leadership went from 5.6 percent to 4.7 percent under his administration, so the smoke screen that this ad apparently puts up doesn’t hold up with the facts if people just do some basic homework," said NC House Speaker Thom Tillis.

Still five months out from election day, the story of who is better or worse for the economy will likely continue to play — a story McLennan said could tell the tale of who walks away with a win in November.

"For 90 percent of all likely voters, it’s going to be the economy," McLennan said.