The US economy continues to strengthen, albeit at a slower rate because of the Delta variant of Covid, the US Federal Reserve has said.
It said it may start reducing its emergency support for the economy "soon", but did not say when.
Half of its policymakers also projected interest rates will need to rise in 2022 from current rock-bottom levels.
The US economy has rebounded strongly this year from its pandemic lows, but there are fears Delta will derail the recovery.
The country added fewer jobs than expected in August as rising infections hit spending on travel, tourism and hospitality.