US private hiring edges up in January: Payrolls firm
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Hiring by the US private sector edged higher in January to an estimated 192,000 net new jobs, compared to 185,000 the previous month, payrolls firm ADP said Wednesday.
Gains were strongest in the services sector and trade and transportation industry, while manufacturing rolls fell by 3,000, the ADP report said.
Private sector hiring has grown steadily from midyear 2012 when the monthly pace was closer to 100,000; the past three months averaged 183,000.
"The job market is slowly, but steadily, improving," said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics, which helps ADP compile the data.