US private-sector hiring slows

Job seekers check out opportunities at a job fair in Chicago, Illinois, on June 12, 2014Hiring in the US private sector picked up pace in December, payroll company ADP said Wednesday, in an encouraging sign of continued economic growth through the end of the year. Private companies added 241,000 jobs last month, up from an upwardly revised 227,000 in November and more than analysts had expected. “December delivered another strong number well above 200,000 to close out a solid year of employment growth with over two and a half million jobs added,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive of ADP. The ADP report came ahead of Friday’s official monthly report on the jobs market.

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