There's a lot of optimism heading into the release of today's latest Jobs report.

That's because most economist are expecting the U-S to have added another 230,000 jobs for the month of July.

If that ends up being the case -- it would be the first time the U.S. has racked up six consecutive months of 200,000-plus gains since 1997.

Mark Hamrick with Bankrate.com says that would mean we're on firm footing.

"Any payroll growth that's above 200,000 would be quite good based on recent experience," he adds.

Unemployment is expected to remain unchanged at 6.1%

With job growth continuing, Hamrick also expects the Fed to raise short-term interest rates by the 2nd half of next year.

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