With 287,000 payroll jobs created, June was the strongest month so far for job growth, according to Brookings. That included some 35,000 Verizon workers who went back to work after being on strike, but also included strong growth in leisure and hospitality, health care and information technology, professional and business services, retail trade and finance.

The downside: “Hourly wages rose by just 2 cents this month, or about 1 percent on an annualized basis.”

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