November saw a big surprise in politics and a major jump in job creation, according to a report Wednesday from ADP and Moody's Analytics.
Private companies added a net 216,000 positions during the month, smashing the 165,000 estimate from economists surveyed by Reuters and marking the best month since June. The number was nearly double the 119,000 in October, which was revised lower from the originally reported 147,000.
The spike in hiring came amid Donald's Trump's shocking upset in the presidential race and against expectations that the U.S. job market was reaching a full employment condition that would cause payroll growth to slow.
"The labor market feels very good," Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, told CNBC. "Mr. Trump is inheriting a very strong economy."
During the campaign, Zandi released an analysis that concluded Trump's policies would cause a "lengthy recession."
Services dominated the month, with the sector adding 228,000 positions, while goods-producing industries lost 11,000 jobs. [The numbers are rounded, so the total does not come to 216,000.]