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In this Aug. 22, 2012 file photo, Scott Marshall, top, of Calhoun, Ga., files for unemployment, in Dalton, Ga. Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, and a private survey showed businesses stepped up hiring in August. The data sketched a brighter outlook for the job market one day before the government reports on August employment. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

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US hiring outlook improves as jobless claims drop

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, and a private survey showed businesses stepped up hiring in August.

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