BROOKLYN - All ears in Brooklyn are on President Obama's speech tonight.

Although Brooklyn had the lowest unemployment rate in the state, the numbers were still up from 2009. The president is going to deliver his State of the Union address, which is expected to focus on jobs.

Marjorie D. Parker, who has held leadership positions for many years with the development of employment, economic, education and community service issues, says she would like to see the president keep the creation of jobs a top priority. Parker says she has seen employers start reaching out for new hires and she would like that to continue.

Parker also believes the president needs to focus on how to keep small businesses afloat.

Remember to watch the president's address LIVE on News 12 and News12.com beginning at 9 p.m.