The job market is sending signs that it may be getting stronger. The number of people seeking unemployment benefits is at its lowest point in six years because few companies are laying anyone off. And a survey of service companies finds that they added jobs last month at their fastest pace in six months.
Meanwhile, more small businesses say they plan to hire than at any point since the recession began. That's prompting some economists to forecast a healthier job gain in September than the economy has produced in recent months.