Private sector job creation slowed a touch in August, missing expectations though roughly maintaining the pace of expansion so far in 2014.
A report from ADP and Moody's Analytics showed employment growth of 204,000 positions, off a touch from the downwardly revised 212,000 in July and well off the 297,000 in June. Economists surveyed by Reuters had expected the report to show 220,000 new positions.
One highlight of the report was manufacturing, which gained 23,000, the best for that sector since December 2012.
Job creation was strongest in the service sector, which added 164,000, well off the 190,000 level from the previous month. Professional services added 51,000, which was 9,000 less than July, while trade, transportation and utilities contributed 28,000, off from the 43,000 in July.