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U.S. private sector added 263,000 jobs in March

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Businesses added 263,000 jobs in March, payroll processor ADP said.

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ADP tries to foreshadow Labor’s report but often varies from it noticeably.

In February, ADP recorded 298,000 payroll gains among businesses while Labor reported 227,000, and 235,000 total additions, including government hiring.

ADP typically counts employees as working as long as they’re on the payroll, but Labor only includes those who are working when it conducts its survey.

In March, ADP said, professional and business services led the job gains with 57,000. Leisure and hospitality added 55,000; construction, 49,000; health care, 46,000; and trade, transportation and utilities, 34,000.

Manufacturers added 30,000 jobs as the oil upturn and improving global economy continue to stoke a healthy rebound for the nation’s factories.

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