ADP: U.S. adds modest 102,000 private-sector jobs in June

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People scour the job board looking for employment in Denver.

The numbers: The U.S. created a seasonally adjusted 102,000 private-sector jobs in June, payrolls processor ADP said Wednesday, up from a revised 41,000 in May.

Economists polled by Econoday expected 140,000 new jobs. May’s numbers were revised higher by 14,000.

What happened: Large businesses led the growth in June, adding 65,000 jobs. Small businesses are struggling, losing 23,000 jobs.

By sector, education and health added 55,000 jobs. Professional and business added 32,000 jobs. Construction lost 18,000 jobs.

Big picture: Before the ADP report, economists polled by MarketWatch expected the Labor Department to report a 170,000 gain in nonfarm jobs on Friday.

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said the data show the job market continues to “throttle back.” Businesses are more cautious, in part due to uncertainty over trade.

Market reaction: Stocks were set to open higher on investor optimism that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates at the end of the month. The S&P 500












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 was seen as headed for its third consecutive record close.



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