Private-sector job creation popped in December, with companies adding a better-than-expected 241,000 workers, according to payroll processor ADP.
The count topped economist estimates, according to Reuters, of 226,000 and helped continue a trend of solid aggregate job numbers.
Services led the way, adding 194,000, while goods-producing industries contributed the remaining 46,000, according to the report compiled in conjunction with Moody's Analytics. More specifically, professional and business services added 69,000 while the trade, transportation and utilities grouping was next with 44,000.
Manufacturers hired 26,000, construction came in at 26,000 and financial activities provided 16,000 for the total count.