In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, said the unemployment rate could rise for a couple of months before it goes down. “It’s possible you’re going to have a couple of months where it goes up,” Geithner said. “But what we expect to see … is an economy that’s gradually healing, of course we want to do what we can to reinforce that process because it’s not growing back as quickly as we’d like.” Reuters economists predict that the unemployment rate rose to 9.6 percent in July from 9.5 percent in June, this is ahead of the July report which will be released on Friday. There are some positive signs emerging in the private sector, said Geithner, in an opinion piece in the New York Times. “While the economy has a long way to go before reaching its full potential, last week’s data on economic growth show that large parts of the private sector continue to strengthen,” he said. “We have a long way to go to address the fiscal trauma and damage across the country, and we will need to monitor the ups and downs in the economy month by month,” Geithner wrote.