Washington — Private-sector employment rose in January, with strength in all major industries, according to a closely watched report released Wednesday.
Private-sector employment increased by 187,000 jobs, with the services sector gaining 166,000 and the goods-producing sector increasing 21,000, the report by Automatic Data Processing showed.
Employment rose 97,000 at small businesses, 79,000 at medium businesses and 11,000 at large businesses.
"Early in this recovery, small firms appeared to be lagging, held back by credit constraints. Apparently, not anymore," wrote Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist with Capital Economics.
For December, ADP reported that private payrolls gained 247,000 jobs, compared with a prior estimate of 297,000.
"According to this measure, employment is accelerating, and while January's addition is less than December's, we remain of the belief that employment gains will continue over the course of the year," said Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist with Miller Tabak & Co.