Things could be looking up for the job market.
Paycheck processing firm ADP said private companies added 201,000 jobs last month, up from 173,000 in July.
A look at where the economy stood when Obama took office and what's changed since.
The economy generally needs to add around 150,000 jobs per month just to keep up with the growing population. Anything above that chips away at the unemployment rate -- likely a key metric in determining which candidate will win the presidential race.