Payroll processor ADP says 214,000 jobs were added to the US private sector in February — beating economists’ expectations.
Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show an increase of 190,000 jobs.
General estimates ranged from 160,000 to 225,000.
Private payroll gains in the month earlier were revised down to 193,000 after being reported at 205,000.
The ADP figures come ahead of the U.S. Labor Department’s more comprehensive non-farm payrolls report on Friday. The government report includes both public and private-sector employment.
Economists polled by Reuters are looking for US private payroll employment to have grown by 185,000 jobs in February, up from 158,000 the month before.
Total non-farm employment is expected to reach 190,000.
The unemployment rate is forecast to stay steady at 4.9%