Private businesses created 218,000 jobs in July, a number that while solid and in line with trend fell below expectations, according to ADP.
The number also fell well short of the 281,000 created in June—the initially reported total was not revised—and could cause economists to tinker with their projections for Friday's nonfarm payrolls report. Consensus has the economy adding 225,000 total for the month.
Employment growth fell across the spectrum, with service industries again leading the way with 202,000 new positions, down from 238,000 in June. Goods-producing businesses rose 16,000, off from 43,000, while construction gained just 12,000, less than half the previous months' gain.