Bloomberg News/Landov The U.S. economy is not as vibrant as it was last year, but it’s still expanding at a steady pace thanks to the best jobs market in decades.

Is a hiring freeze in the U.S. underway? No, but a second poor jobs report in a row would trigger fresh angst about the economy and force the Federal Reserve to lower U.S. interest rates

Here’s what to expect in the June employment report due Friday morning after the July 4 holiday.

Improved job creation

The number of new jobs created in June is widely expected to bounce back from a meager 75,000 increase in May. Economists polled by MarketWatch predict the U.S. created 170,000 jobs in June.

How confident should investors be

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