President Obama will return to the swing state of Virginia later this month.

Obama will travel to Virginia and North Carolina as part of a three-day bus tour Oct. 17-19 to discuss jobs and the economy, according to a White House official. No word what cities he will visit yet.

He last traveled to Virginia in August to begin selling his jobs bill. That trip marked his first visit to Richmond in a year, but he frequently crosses the Potomac into Northern Virginia.

In 2008, Obama became the first Democratic president to carry Virginia in more than four decades, but in the years since, Democrats have lost ground in what some still consider a conservative Southern state. The GOP controls most of Richmond and holds a commanding majority of Virginia’s congressional delegation.

Next year, Virginia is again expected to be a swing state. Last month, Gallup poll tracking his Obama’s approval ratings show the 2012 presidential election will come down to 10 states, including Virginia.