In August, 39% of Americans said it’s a good time to find a quality job, down four percentage points from the 43% who said the same in July, according to Gallup. But, Justin McCarthy reports, the August figure remains within the 38% to 45% range Gallup has recorded for this question in 2015 and 2016.

Americans’ outlook on the job market the last 20 months is much better than it was from 2008 to 2013, when the percentage saying it was a good time to find a quality job dipped as low as 8%.

Despite Friday's strong jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans' assessment of the job market has slipped by four points this month, indicating that their views are not always in sync with actual figures on job growth. But if reports continue to show solid job creation, optimism for the job market could eventually catch up.

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