Survey: Businesses added a strong 213,000 jobs in January


 U.S. businesses added a solid 213,000 jobs in January, a private survey found, a sign the partial government shutdown and trade war concerns aren’t discouraging companies from hiring more people.

Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that job gains fell in January from a robust 263,000 in December, which was revised slightly lower.

ADP’s report does not include government employees and therefore was not directly affected by the government shutdown.

Instead, the data suggest that the shutdown did not broadly discourage private companies from adding workers.

Still, the ADP report frequently diverges from the official figures.

The report was released two days before the government issues its official monthly jobs numbers Friday.

Economists are forecasting a smaller gain of 164,000, though that is enough to lower the unemployment rate over time.

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