Obama to tap Krueger for economic post

By JULIE PACE | August 29, 2011 | 7:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama will name labor economist Alan Krueger to a top administration post.

Obama will nominate Krueger to head the White House Council of Economic Advisers. If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace Austan Goolsbee, who left the administration earlier this month.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak ahead of Obama's official announcement on Monday.

Krueger's appointment was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.