New figures show that there was a burst of hiring in the US private sector last month, but new claims for unemployment insurance remained high at the end of the month.
Private businesses added 157,000 jobs in June from May, a solid jump after a 36,000 increase in May, according to the ADP National Employment Report.
Meanwhile the Labor Department said unemployment claims fell slightly to 418,00 in the week to July 2 from 432,000 a week earlier.
Both figures were better than economists had expected, but neither was spectacular. The figures from ADP were still off the 200,000 monthly job creation pace of the first quarter, while the jobless claims were still well above the 400,000 mark, after several weeks in February and March when the weekly figures held below that threshold, giving hopes at the time of a strong recovery.
The figures gave a mixed picture ahead of the release of the US government's official job creation and unemployment figures for June to be released on Friday.