Some Federal Reserve policymakers expect that a US interest rate increase will be needed soon, although there is general agreement that more data is needed before such a move, according to the minutes from the Fed's July policy meeting.
"Some ... members anticipated that economic conditions would soon warrant taking another step in removing policy accommodation," the Fed said in the minutes, which were released today.
The minutes showed that members of the US central bank's rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee were generally upbeat about the US economic outlook and labour market, but several said a slowdown in the future pace of hiring would argue against a near-term hike.
Ten policymakers currently are members of the FOMC, and seven other officials from regional Fed banks also participated in the July 26-27 meeting but did not have a vote on policy.
Of the broader group of policymakers, several expressed concern that low interest rates could hurt financial stability.
They agreed that near-term risks to US economy have lessened, while financial markets weathered the result of Britain's EU referendum "well".
As a result the authority's members said they would be keeping their "options open" on rates in the weeks ahead.