ADP Private Payrolls Add 147,000 Workers in October

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An Aflac Inc. representative, right, shakes hands with a job seeker during a Santa Ana, Calif., career fair Oct. 6. A Moody’s Analytics analyst said job growth remains strong, even though the rate of growth appears to be slowing. PHOTO: TROY HARVEY/BLOOMBERG NEWS

Reprinted from The Wall Street Journal by Austen Hufford on November 2, 2016.

Private US employers continued to hire at a solid clip in October, another sign the nation’s labor market remains strong even as the increase was the lowest since May and below average for the year.

Firms across the country added 147,000 workers to their ranks last month, according to payroll processor Automatic Data Processing Inc. and forecasting firm Moody’s Analytics. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expected an increase of 170,000.

The September total was revised to 202,000 from 154,000. The ADP report is based on private payroll data in addition to lagged government data.

So far this year, private employers have added 175,000 jobs on average. …

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