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Economic Report: ADP report for September shows smallest gain since April

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Unemployed people talk with a prospective employer during a job fair in Los Angeles

Private-sector employment slowed a bit in September, according to data released Wednesday morning.

Employers added 154,000 private-sector jobs last month, down from 175,000 in August, Automatic Data Processing Inc. reported. This is the smallest increase since April.

The increase in September was below expectations. Economists polled by Econoday had forecast a September gain of 170,000 jobs compared with an original estimate of 177,000 for August.

ADP has been a range of 150,000 to 207,000 jobs this year.

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, which prepares the report using ADP’s data, said job growth should be expected to slow as the U.S.

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