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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added more than 200,000 jobs in February for the 13th straight month, a private survey found. It was the latest sign that strong hiring should boost the economy this year.
U.S. private employers added 212,000 jobs last month, lower than market expectations as well as January's revised figure, a payrolls processor report showed on Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report to show a gain of 220,000 jobs. The ADP figures come ahead of the U.S. Labor Department's more comprehensive non-farm payrolls report on Friday, which includes both public and private-sector employment. Economists polled by Reuters are looking for total U.S. employment to have grown by 240,000 jobs in February, down from 257,000 in January.