Mitt Romney on Saturday called out President Barack Obama for weak leadership on the economy, saying that "help is on the way" if he's elected in November.
"Anxiety has never been higher," Romney said in his weekly podcast, noting that unemployment increased in 44 states in the week ending . "Another new report out of Washington warns that higher unemployment and a double-dip recession will be a reality next year unless immediate steps are taken to avert what they're calling a 'fiscal cliff.' "
Seasonally adjusted numbers from the Department of Labor showed 372,000 new unemployment claims last week, which was an increase from 368,000 the previous week.
Romney noted the individuals behind those numbers -- parents, families and a "man laid off in the middle of life (who) laced up his best shoes, straightened his tie and walked out the door to face another long day of hard stares, hard interviews and hard disappointments."
The Republican candidate spoke as he prepares to accept his party's presidential nomination in Tampa, Florida, next week, and Romney said people should "look to Tampa" for a brighter economic outlook.
"Two days from now, leaders from all across the country will gather to show Americans that help is on the way," Romney said. "For that father whose heart cries out for the dignity of work. For that child who needs a stable home. For that midcareer worker who just wants another chance, a better America can be more than just a hope. It can be our future. It must be our future."
Meanwhile, Romney said at a Saturday morning campaign event in Powell, Ohio, that the Democratic National Convention -- where Obama will accept his party's nomination for a second term -- will be all talk and nothing more.
"He's going to have all sorts of marvelous things to say," Romney said of Obama. "I mean I can almost read his speech now. It'll just be, it'll be filled with promises, and tell people how wonderful things are.
"Of course, they'll have to contrast that with what they know they're experiencing," he said. "But as he lays out all of these wonderful things he's going to do, people are going to stop and say but how are you going to do something different than last time?"
Obama focused on Medicare in his Saturday weekly address, the topic of Romney's first weekly podcast last week. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky delivered the Republican address this week.