Gallup’s Job Creation Index polls American workers about whether or not their workplace is expanding or reducing the size of its workforce. In June, the index rose one point from May, continuing to hover near its highest level since mid-2008. Among U.S. workers, 36 percent said their employers are hiring and expanding the size of their workforce, while just 16 percent said their employers were reducing the size of their workforce. Regionally, hiring was strongest in the Midwest. Also, private-sector employment has experienced significant improvement since reaching its low in February 2009. Private sector hiring now exceeds levels seen in August 2008, before the financial crisis began. More here.