At 8:30 a.m. Eastern time, the Labor Department will report the latest data on hiring and the unemployment rate in August.
Economists are looking for a gain of just under 220,000 jobs, while the unemployment rate is expected to decline by 0.1 percentage point, to 5.2 percent — the lowest since April 2008.
Here is what to watch for:
• Will it be enough to prompt the Fed to act?
Many watchers of the Federal Reserve had expected the central bank to begin its long-expected move to raise interest rates from near zero when officials next meet in two weeks. But the recent market volatility has made things much less certain. A strong number might tip the balance.