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ADP: US private sector adds 237,000 jobs in August

U.S. private-sector employment increased by 237,000 jobs in August from July, according to the ADP National Employment Report.

By company size, large businesses posted the highest increase, adding 115,000 jobs. Medium-sized businesses added 74,000 jobs, and small businesses added 48,000 jobs during the month.

The service-providing sector added 204,000 jobs in the month, while employment in the goods-producing sector rose by 33,000 jobs.

Within the service-providing sector, trade, transportation and utilities led the job gains across all industries, adding 56,000 jobs in August. Employment rose by 45,000 jobs in education and health services and by 39,000 jobs in the professional and business services sector. The information sector lost 3,000 jobs during the month.

Within the goods-producing sector, the construction industry gained 18,000 jobs and manufacturing added 16,000 jobs. The natural resources and mining sector lost 1,000 jobs in the month.

Franchise employment increased by 21,200 jobs.

ADP revised the total number of jobs added in July up to 201,000 from 178,000.

"The job market continues to power forward. Job creation is strong across nearly all industries, company sizes," said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics. "Mounting labor shortages are set to get much worse."

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.

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