Companies in U.S. add more jobs than expected, ADP data show

PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT MADE SIGNIFICANT GAINS in February, according to ADP, beating expectation. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DAVID PAUL MORRIS
PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT MADE SIGNIFICANT GAINS in February, according to ADP, beating expectation. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DAVID PAUL MORRIS
WASHINGTON – Companies in the United States added more workers in February than expected, underscoring continued strengthening in the labor market, according to data released Wednesday from the ADP Research Institute. Private  payrolls increased by 235,000 after an upwardly revised 244,000 increase in January. Payrolls in goods-producing industries, which include builders and manufacturers, rose 37,000. Service providers added…

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