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Economic Report: Private sector adds 179,000 jobs in July: ADP

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WASHINGTON (MarketWatch)—Private-sector hiring held steady in July, as employers added 179,000 jobs in July after a revised 176,000 job gains in the prior month, ADP reported Wednesday.

Economists had expected a July gain of 165,000, compared with an originally reported increase of 172,000 in June.

Economists use ADP’s data to get a feeling for the Labor Department’s employment report, which will be released Friday and covers government jobs in addition to the private sector.

Economists polled by MarketWatch expect the government’s report to show that nonfarm employment rose by 185,000 last month compared with the strong June gain of 287,000 jobs.

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