U.S. private-sector employment increased by 135,000 jobs in September from August, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.
Large businesses posted the biggest increase, adding 79,000 jobs, medium-sized businesses added 63,000 jobs and small businesses lost 7,000 jobs during the month.
The service sector added 88,000 jobs, while employment in the goods-producing sector rose by 48,000 jobs.
Within the service sector, professional and business services led the gains, adding 51,000 jobs in September. Employment rose by 29,000 jobs in education and health services and by 20,000 in leisure and hospitality. Trade, transportation and utilities lost 18,000 jobs, and the information sector lost 11,000 jobs during the month.
Within the goods-producing sector, the construction industry gained 29,000 jobs, manufacturing added 18,000 jobs and natural resources and mining added 1,000 jobs.
Franchise employment increased by 14,000 jobs.
ADP revised the total number of jobs added in August down to 228,000 from 235,000.
"Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hurt the job market in September. Looking through the storms the job market remains sturdy and strong," said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics.
Automatic Data Processing Inc. produces the report in collaboration with Moody's Analytics. The report measures the monthly change in total nonfarm private employment on a seasonally adjusted basis.