July 5, 2013
Plumber Daniel Bordwell installs a kitchen faucet on a home under construction in Sacramento, Calif. on June 21. Another solid month of hiring in June could signal the start of a stronger second half of the year for the U.S. economy. The Fed's low interest-rate policies have encouraged more Americans to buy homes and cars. They've also helped boost stock and home prices in the first half of the year, increasing wealth and lifting consumer confidence to its highest level in 51/2 years.