WASHINGTON — Hiring by private-sector businesses showed new signs of strengthening in December, according to a report that bodes well for the upcoming release of national employment data.
Automatic Data Processing Inc. said Wednesday that businesses added 238,000 net new jobs last month, with small firms and the construction sector showing increasing momentum.
The tally is up from a revised figure of 229,000 new jobs that ADP calculated for November. Public and private-sector job growth for November, as reported by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, was 203,000.
The release of December’s jobs report is Friday.